Microsoft MCSA: BI Reporting

- Only 4 Days

Your 4-day accelerated MCSA: BI Reporting certification course will develop the skills you need to create and manage enterprise business intelligence solutions as well as gain an expert understanding of data analysis using Power BI.

You'll be immersed in Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) using Firebrand's Lecture | Lab | Review technique. Your expert Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) will get you hands-on with the technology - helping you develop real-world practical skills. You'll develop and retain knowledge faster by combining theory and practical labs, reinforced by review sessions to help you cover the more complex topics.

You'll cover a range of exciting topics including:

  • Performing Power BI desktop data transformation
  • Creating a Power BI desktop visualisation
  • Implementing the Power BI service
  • Connecting directly to data stores
  • Explore and extend a classic Excel dashboard and data model.
  • Import data from a SQL Server database and reports
  • Create measures using advanced DAX functions
  • Create data visualisations in Excel and a Power BI dashboard with Excel

You will be prepared for exams 70-778: Analysing Data with Power BI and 70-779: Analysing and Visualising Data with Microsoft Excel. You'll sit both these exams at Firebrand's training centre during the course. This is covered by your Certification Guarantee.


If you're a database professional needing to create enterprise BI solutions and alternative methods of presenting data the MCSA BI Reporting certification is ideal. Earning the certifcation will act as your first step towards achieving the MCSE: Data Management and Analytics credential.

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Seven reasons why you should sit your MCSA BI Reporting course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be MCSA BI Reporting certified in just 4 days. With us, you’ll be MCSA BI Reporting trained in record time
  2. Our MCSA BI Reporting course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  3. Pass MCSA BI Reporting first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more MCSA BI Reporting. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn MCSA BI Reporting faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll be studying MCSA BI Reporting with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 74,634 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study MCSA BI Reporting courseware. We use practical exercises to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

Think you are ready for the course? Take a FREE practice test to assess your knowledge!

Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a certification guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation and exams on your return). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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Course 20778C: Analysing Data with Power BI

Module 1: Introduction to Self-Service BI Solutions

Introduces business intelligence (BI) and how to self-serve with BI.


  • Introduction to business intelligence
  • Introduction to data analysis
  • Introduction to data visualisation
  • Overview of self-service BI
  • Considerations for self-service BI
  • Microsoft tools for self-service BI

Lab: Exploring an Enterprise BI solution

  • Viewing reports
  • Creating a Power BI report
  • Creating a Power BI dashboard

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the trends in BI
  • Describe the process of data analysis in Power BI
  • Use the key visualisations in Power BI
  • Describe the rationale for self-service BI
  • Describe considerations for self-service BI
  • Understand how you can use Microsoft products to implement a BI solution

Module 2: Introducing Power BI

This module introduces Power BI desktop, and explores the features that enable the rapid creation and publication of sophisticated data visualisations


  • Power BI
  • The Power BI service

Lab : Creating a Power BI dashboard

  • Connecting to Power BI data
  • Create a Power BI dashboard

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Develop reports using the Power BI Desktop app
  • Use report items to create dashboards on the Power BI portal
  • Understand the components of the Power BI service including licensing and tenant management

Module 3: Power BI

At the end of this module you'll be able to explain the rationale and advantages of using Power BI.


  • Using Excel as a data source for Power BI
  • The Power BI data model
  • Using databases as a data source for Power BI
  • The Power BI service

Lab : Importing data into Power BI

  • Importing Excel files into Power BI
  • Viewing reports from Excel files

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the data model and know how to optimise data within the model.
  • Connect to Excel files and import data
  • Use on-premises and cloud Microsoft SQL Server databases as a data source, along with the R script data connector
  • Take advantage of the features of the Power BI service by using Q&A to ask questions in natural query language, and create content packs and groups

Module 4: Shaping and Combining Data

With Power BI desktop you can shape and combine data with powerful, buil-in tools. This module introduces the tools that are available for preparing your data, and transforming it into a form ready for reporting


  • Power BI desktop queries
  • Shaping data
  • Combining data

Lab : Shaping and combining data

  • Shape power BI data
  • Combine Power BI data

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Perform a range of query editing skills in Power BI
  • Shape data, using formatting and transformations
  • Combine data together from tables in your dataset

Module 5: Modeling data

This module describes how to shape and enhance data


  • Relationships
  • DAX queries
  • Calculations and measures

Lab : Modelling Data

  • Create relationships
  • Calculations

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe relationships between data tables
  • Understand the DAX syntax, and use DAX functions to enhance your dataset
  • Create calculated columns, calculated tables and measures

Module 6: Interactive Data Visualisations

This module describes how to create and manage interactive data visualisations


  • Creating Power BI reports
  • Managing a Power BI solution

Lab : Creating a Power BI report

  • Connecting to Power BI data
  • Building Power BI reports
  • Creating a Power BI dashboard

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Use Power Bi desktop to create interactive data visualisations
  • Manage a power BI solution

Module 7: Direct Connectivity

This module describes various connectivity options using Power BI


  • Cloud data
  • Connecting to analysis services

Lab : Direct Connectivity

  • Direct connectivity from Power BI desktop
  • Direct connectivity from the Power BI service

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Use Power BI direct connectivity to access data in Azure SQL data warehouse, in addition to big data sources such as Hadoop
  • Use Power BI with SQL Server Analysis Services data, including Analysis services models running in multidimensional mode

Module 8: The Developer API

This module describes the developer API within Power BI


  • The developer API
  • Custom visuals

Lab: Using the developer API

  • Using custom visuals

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the developer API
  • Use the developer API to create custom visuals

Module 9: Power BI mobile app

This module describes the Power BI mobile app


  • Power BI mobile apps
  • Using the Power BI mobile app
  • Power BI embedded

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the Power BI mobile app
  • Download and use the Power BI mobile app
  • Describe Power BI embedded and when you would want to use it

Course 20779C: Analysing Data with Excel

Module 1: Data Analysis in Excel

This module looks at the classic Excel dashboard and at ways to extend it.


  • Classic Data Analysis with Excel
  • Excel Pivot Tables
  • Limitations of Classic Data Analysis

Lab : Building a Classic Excel Dashboard

  • Formatting Data
  • Building a Pivot Table
  • Adding pivot charts and a slicer

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe classic data analysis with Excel
  • Describe Excel pivot tables
  • Describe the limitations of classic data analysis with Excel

Module 2: The Excel Data Model

This module looks at the classic Excel data model and at ways to extend it.


  • Using an Excel Data Model
  • DAX

Lab: Explore an Excel Data Model

  • Create Calculated Columns
  • Format Data Model Data
  • Create Measures
  • Analyse the Data

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe an Excel data model
  • View data within an Excel data table
  • Describe DAX

Module 3: Importing Data from Files

This module looks at pre-formatting and importing CSV files.


  • Importing Data into Excel
  • Shaping and Transforming Data
  • Loading Data

Lab: Importing Data from a CSV File

  • Import and Transform Data from a CSV File
  • Add Data from a Folder

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Import data into excel.
  • Shape and transform data.
  • Load data.

Module 4: Importing Data from Databases

This module looks at how to import data into Excel from a SQL Server database.


  • Available Data Sources
  • Previewing, Shaping, and Transforming Data
  • Table Relationships and Hierarchies
  • Loading Data

Lab: Import Data from Multiple Sources

  • Import Data from SQL Server
  • Import Data from a CSV File
  • Create a Data Table

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Identify available data sources.
  • Preview, shape, and transform data.
  • Explain table relationships and hierarchies.
  • Load data from various sources.

Module 5: Importing Data from Excel Reports

This module describes how to import data from a report.


  • Importing Data from Excel Reports
  • Transforming Excel report Data

Lab: Importing Data from a Report

  • Import Data from Excel
  • Transform the Excel Data
  • Load the Data into an Excel Data Model

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Import data from Excel reports.
  • Transform Excel report data.

Module 6: Creating and Formatting Measures

This module describes how to create and format measures.


  • DAX
  • Measures
  • Advanced DAX Functions

Lab: Creating Measures using Advanced DAX Functions

  • Last year comparison
  • Year to date
  • Market Share

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Explain what DAX is and when to use it.
  • Describe a measure.
  • Use some of the advanced functions within DAX.

Module 7: Visualising Data in Excel

This module describes how to visualise data in Excel.


  • Pivot Charts
  • Cube Functions
  • Charts for Cube Functions

Lab: Data Visualisation in Excel

  • Create a Tabular Report
  • Create a Pivot Chart
  • Add Slicers to Charts

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Create and refine a pivot chart.
  • Describe cube functions and when to use them.
  • Describe a number of charts for use with cube functions.

Module 8: Using Excel with Power BI

This module describes how to use Excel with Power BI.


  • Power BI
  • Uploading Excel Data to Power BI
  • Power BI Mobile App

Lab: Creating a Power BI Dashboard with Excel

  • Uploading Excel Data
  • Creating a Power BI Dashboard
  • Using Power BI desktop

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Describe Power Bi and the various versions available.
  • Upload Excel data to Power BI.
  • Describe the Power BI App.

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You'll sit the following exams at the Firebrand training centre during the course, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

Exam 70-779: Analysing and Visualising Data with Microsoft Excel

Languages: English

Technology: Microsoft Excel, Power BI

You'll be tested on the following skills and knowledge:

  • Consume and Transform Data by Using Microsoft Excel (30-35%)
  • Model Data (35-40%)
  • Visualise Data (30-35%)

Exam 70-778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI

  • Languages: English
  • Technology: Microsoft Excel

You'll be tested on the following skills and knowledge:

  • Consume and Transform Data By Using Power BI Desktop (20-25%)
  • Model and Visualise Data (45-50%)
  • Configure Dashboards in the Power BI Service (25-30%)

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Microsoft Official Curriculum

  • MOC 20778C: Analysing Data with Power BI
  • MOC 20779C: Analysing Data with Excel

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Certification Programs includes

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • Near site testing, Transportation to/from Testing Center are provided ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Examination Passing Policy

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMP, CAPM and CISSP CBK Review
  • *** Not included in our PMP, CAPM, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, (ISC)2 or ITIL Managers and Revision Certifications
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

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Before attending this course, you must meet the following prerequisite knowledge and skills:

  • Experience of querying data using Transact-SQL
  • Excellent knowledge of relational databases and reporting.
  • Some basic knowledge of data warehouse schema topology (including star and snowflake schemas).
  • Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching).
  • An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications - particularly Excel.
  • Extensive knowledge of Excel spreadsheets including formulas, charts, filtering, sorting, and sub-totals.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Basic knowledge of data analytics

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?

Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on +971 4 3199019 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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