Contenu – Introduction to DAX Language (Power BI and Power Pivot)

Course outline last update: 2024-02-09

This course is an introduction to the DAX (Data Analysis Expression) language, used by Power Pivot and Power BI Desktop. Mastery of this language enables users of these two solutions to create flexible, easy-to-update dashboards, as well as advanced, relevant data visualizations. We recommend that you first take our Power BI training series.

  • Identify the implicit and explicit evaluation contexts of a DAX measure.
  • Write measures in DAX that consider evaluation contexts
  • Create advanced data visualizations using strong measures written in DAX language

  • Introduction to the DAX language
    • What is the DAX language?
    • How does DAX work?
    • Why do we need DAX?
    • Where can DAX be used?
    • How do I write a DAX formula?
    • What’s the difference between a calculated column and a measurement?
    • What is an evaluation context?
    • What’s the difference between a row context and a filter context?
    • What are the DAX language conventions?
  • Master the main DAX functions
    • Understand aggregation and iteration functions
    • Understanding the RELATED and RELATEDTABLE functions
    • Understanding COUNTROWS functions
    • Understanding FILTER/DISTINCT/VALUES functions
    • Understanding CALCULATE functions
    • Understanding ALL functions
    • Understanding the EARLIER function
    • Understanding the FIRSTNONBLANK AND LASTNONBLANK functions
    • Understand how to interweave these different functions
    • Bonus: Understanding how to work with fiscal calendars
    • Bonus: Understanding how to work with 4-4-5 calendars

This advanced training course is offered in English.

The targeted learners for this training course are professionals who use Power Pivot and/or Power BI Desktop to analyze data and create high-performance, dynamic dashboards.

This online training course lasts approximately 6 hours (3 hours of video and about 3 hours of exercises).

To access the course, click on "Buy this course" to add it to your shopping cart. Then proceed to checkout to complete the transaction. If payment is made by credit card, the course will be available immediately. If payment is made by bank transfer, the course will be available as soon as we have received and processed the payment.

This training is available in asynchronous online format directly on our web platform. The training will be supported by alternating video clips and exercises.

An entry evaluation will be carried out at the start of the course. A final assessment after each training module will validate the achievement of pedagogical objectives. The pass mark is 75 %.

The average score for learners who have completed the course is 78 %.

Please let us know if you have any specific requirements. If we can't meet them, we'll refer you to the organizations that can help you, and we'll take their recommendations into account wherever possible.

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Audrée Pellerin
Audrée Pellerin is a passionate professional, holding a master's and bachelor's degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Sherbrooke. With several years of experience in the field of consulting services, she has worked with SMEs, multinational corporations, and public sector organizations. Audrée stands out with her dual expertise as a business intelligence consultant and experienced trainer. She possesses a natural talent for explaining complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner and is recognized for her ability to impart knowledge with patience and professionalism. As a trainer, Audrée plays a vital role in helping companies strengthen the skills of their internal teams. She develops customized training programs tailored to the needs of her clients and guides participants through interactive and engaging sessions. Her pedagogical approach promotes active learning and the practical application of acquired knowledge. Trainer accredited by the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail.

Before taking this course, learners should first have taken our Power BI (Level 3) training, or have passed the associated online quiz with more than 70%.

Each learner must have access to a portable computer equipped with Power BI Desktop. You can find the free version of Power BI Desktop here:

Note: This course is offered via Power BI Desktop, but is also aimed at Power Pivot users in Excel. Therefore, learners who are not familiar with Power BI Desktop, but who use Power Pivot in Excel, will be able to transfer the concepts learned to Power Pivot for Excel without difficulty.

Course registration includes:

  • a PDF document with step by step instructions to build the course report
  • a data model from which to create calculated columns and measurements in DAX
  • a data model with calculated columns and measurements in DAX (solved exercises)
  • a summary of the most frequently used DAX functions (checklist)
  • a forum to ask questions

At the end of this training, when all the lessons and quizzes are completed, the learner will be able to download a certificate of completion. This certificate will include the trainer's Emploi-Québec accreditation number, the participant's name, the title and date of the training, the number of hours of training completed, the number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as well as the name and signature of the trainer. This certificate meets the requirements of the continuing education obligations of the Quebec professional orders. For private training (via Teams), the certificate will be sent to the learner by email following the completion of the training.

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