SQL Training

SQL logo transparentOur SQL training courses will teach you how to make the most of this powerful database querying language.

Led by highly experienced database administrators our courses are very hands-on and practical.

We believe that skills are only developed through hands-on practice and so we make sure that you practice the techniques that we teach you. That way you leave the course confident and ready to put them to use.

We offer scheduled training classes at our centres in London and Guildford. As from Jan 2018 will will be expanding our locations to include Manchester

We also provide private training for groups and individuals. This allows us to customise the course topics to your exact requirements, and run it on a date that suits you and we can provide this at your offices. We now have trainers in the Manchester area for any local onsite requirements or further afield.

Please follow this link if you are looking specifically for Microsoft SQL Server training courses.

Which Course Is Right For Me?


 

CourseDurationSuitability
Introduction1 DayThis is an introductory course. It assumes no prior knowledge of relational databases.
Advanced2 DaysThis course assumes you already have a good understanding of SELECT queries.
It covers more advanced concepts like transaction processing, the use of UNION and JOIN and parameterised data.
SSRS4 DaysThis course assumes familiarity with MS SQL Server and SQL Server Management Studio as well as the SQL language and using the SELECT statement in particular.
It covers all aspects of SSRS including the design, creation and authoring of advanced reports.
SSIS4 DaysThis course assumes familiarity with MS SQL Server and SQL Server Management Studio as well as the SQL language.

It covers all aspects of using SSIS for data transfer and ETLing of data, including database security, logging and error handling.

Fundamentals of Server Administration3 DaysThis course assumes you already have a good understanding of the SQL language, the MS Server environment and the basics of relational database design.

It covers the basics of the installation, configuration and creation of databases. It also looks at task automation and database monitoring and troubleshooting.

 

Unsure which course is right for you? Please call us on 01483 688488. We’d be very happy to advise you.

In-House or On Site Training


We frequently deliver our training to teams at in-house. Please call us if you would like to discuss this.

Organising an in-house training session allows us to tailor the course content specifically to your requirements and run the course at a time and place of your choosing.

 

Course Approach


Everything in our course is aimed at making you a faster and more relaxed SQL user.

We believe that real querying skills and in-depth understanding can only be developed through practical application. This means that our courses are deliberately hands-on and include lots of practical examples.

This ensures that you spend plenty of time constructing and working with database queries and database tables. Our exercises are carefully chosen to emphasise the most important aspects of each lesson.

From a high-level SQL can appear deceptively simple. However, when you apply its concepts across large datasets it very quickly becomes complex, requiring a detailed understanding of how it works.

There are often multiple ways to approach something in when working with databases. Using the correct method to approach an operation can mean that it runs orders of magnitude more quickly, speeding up your day-to-day work hugely.

Uses Of Structured Query Language ("SQL")


SQL is the international standard language for querying and manipulating relational databases. It allows users to very quickly interrogate, edit and amend database tables.

It is the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) standard language for communicating with relational databases.

Widely used databases that run on SQL include Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server and Access as well as newer systems like MariaDB, Microsoft Azure and MySQL.

Most of these systems also include some proprietary terms within their SQL. However, regardless of this, a capable SQL user can still work with these databases.

Microsoft has a very widely used database product SQL Server which is manipulated using SQL as you would expect. Access to SQL Server is also available over the cloud.

For more information on our courses relating specifically to Microsoft SQL Server click here.

 

Background & Overview


SQL was first developed by IBM during the early 1970’s and is fundamentally unchanged since that time. I’s structure of using Clauses, Expressions, Predicates, Queries and Statements is still used.

Clauses are the underlying discrete parts of a statement or query.

Expressions are formulas which produce values or tables.

Predicates are conditions that limit the application of a query.

Queries select a subset of the data in the database according to the various user input criteria.  and Statements being used to make changes to the

Statements are used to make changes to the databases’ design or set up.

Our classes will lead you through all of these concepts. We will ensure that you have both the theoretical underpinning and the practical knowledge to make the most of this powerful programming language.

Detailed Course Overviews


Introduction Class

This course will give delegates an introduction to the features and capabilities of Structured Query Language (SQL). It requires no previous knowledge of SQL.

It covers the basic elements of SQL using SQL Server as an example database.

Delegates will have a good understanding of the SELECT statement by the end of this one day course. This includes joining multiple tables, grouping, aggregate functions and sorting data.

Advanced Class

This course will further develop your ability manage a relational database and introduces data manipulation language and database definition language. It requires that you have a good understanding of the basics of SQL before you attend.

It uses Microsoft SQL Server as a training database.

After this course, delegates will have a good understanding of all DML statements (SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE) and all of the DDL statements needed to build database objects (CREATE, DROP, ALTER). This course also covers the use of views, access control, transaction control, advanced select queries and using SQL scripts.

This 2 day course also covers the use of views, access control, transaction control, advanced select queries and using SQL scripts.

Once you have completed this course you will be well placed to move to learning how to use SQL Server Reporting Services, (‘SSRS’) and other more advanced SQL courses.

Certification


A certificate of attendance will be provided to you upon completion of this course.

Similar Courses


Delegates interested in SQL training courses are often also interested in:

Microsoft Access Training

SQL Server Training

R Training

Further References


Further information on SQL can be found at the following websites:

W3 Website:             SQL Section

Database Journal:    Why Use Databases?

See below for some of our articles on SQL

Using Union Queries in SQL and Access

Backup Types & Strategies for SQL Databases