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Tableau Desktop I: Fundamentals

This course provides the solid foundational skills required for Tableau Desktop Specialist certification. It’s for anyone who works with data, regardless of analytical background.

Explore the journey to Tableau Desktop Specialist certification

This course includes 90 days of free access to eLearning. With on-demand eLearning you can keep your new skills sharp with more than 150 hours of training content accessible anytime, anywhere. New Feature Spotlight lessons are released quarterly, so you can stay up to date on all the latest product features and continue to get the most out of Tableau.


This is the official training course for Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification. This course is for the beginning Tableau user. You'll learn important Tableau Desktop concepts, techniques for simple and complex visualizations and interactive dashboards in preparation for your exam. Skills are taught in two days of in-class instruction plus additional self-paced eLearning.

You'll learn how to:
  • Connect to your data.
  • Edit and save a data source.
  • Understand Tableau terminology.
  • Use the Tableau interface/paradigm to effectively create powerful visualizations.
  • Create basic calculations including basic arithmetic calculations, custom aggregations and ratios, date math, and quick table calculations.
  • Build dashboards to share visualizations.
Chart types covered:
  • Cross Tabs
  • Pie and bar charts
  • Geographic maps
  • Dual axis and combo charts with different mark types
  • Heat maps
  • Highlight tables
  • Treemaps
  • Scatter plots
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Course includes
  • a course manual containing key concepts on each topic covered and hands-on activities to reinforce the skills and knowledge attained
  • a digital student resources folder containing Tableau workbooks and data sources to support the hands-on activities
  • 90 days access to Tableau eLearning to discover self-paced, guided learning paths and earn digital badges (public classroom attendees only)

This course is part of the Author, Designer, Analyst and Data Scientist Learning Paths. Find out more.

All Tableau classes are Guaranteed to Run. We never cancel or reschedule on you, so that you can enroll with confidence.

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Your Journey to Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification

1. Build your skill proficiency.

Attend Desktop I to build your Desktop skill foundation with expert instructors. Explore the virtual course schedule.

2. Get your exam on the books.

Create an account with Loyalist Exam Services to purchase your exam and circle your exam date on the calendar.

3. Learn what to expect.

Learn about the online testing experience and the skills covered in the exam with on-demand videos (English only).

4. Practice, practice, practice.

Try your skills with sample questions.

5. Take your exam.

Make sure you get a good night sleep and double check your computer is exam ready.

Celebrate! Share your new badge and title with the world.