Mastering DAX Workshop


Toronto, ON, CA

This three-day workshop is a complete course about the DAX language. DAX is the native language of Power Pivot for Excel, Power BI Desktop and SSAS Tabular models in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. The training is aimed at users of Power Pivot for Excel, Power BI Desktop and at Analysis Services developers that want to learn and master the DAX language. The goal of the course is to teach all the features of the DAX language, providing the knowledge to write formulas for common and advanced business scenarios. All the attendees will receive a copy of the new book The Definitive Guide to DAX.

Prerequisite: Attendees need to have a basic knowledge of the data modeling in Power Pivot for Excel, or Power BI Desktop, or Analysis Services Tabular modeling. A prerequisite of the course can be the participation to a SSAS Tabular or PowerPivot Workshop, or having an equivalent real-world experience.

The course includes hands-on labs: you will make practice using your own notebook.

Topics covered:

  • DAX Basics
  • Table Functions
  • Evaluation Contexts
    • Filter and Row Context
    • CALCULATE
    • Evaluation Contexts and Relationships
  • Time Intelligence Calculations
  • DAX as a Query Language
  • Statistical Functions
  • Advanced Table Functions
  • Advanced Evaluation Context DAX
    • Understanding Cross filters
    • Internal Materialization
  • Calculations over Hierarchies
  • Parent/Child Hierarchies
  • Advanced Time Intelligence in DAX
  • Advanced Relationship Handling
    • Physical Relationships
    • Virtual Relationships
    • Examples of Complex Relationships
Course outline (PDF)

The course is an intensive and interactive format. Each attendee can bring his/her laptop, but it is not required. There will be "group exercises" driven by the trainers using the wall projector.

Course time

Exact time schedule will be communicated by mail before the course.


Course location


ctc TrainCanada
595 Bay Street, Suite 302
Toronto, ON, CA
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Course Book

Each participant will receive a copy of:
The Definitive Guide to DAX

Alberto Ferrari & Marco Russo
Microsoft Press