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Power Query Academy

  • On Demand
Author: Matt Allington Miguel Escobar Ken Puls
Power Query is the most important data analysis tool since PivotTables. It allows you to clean, reshape, and combine your data with ease, no matter where it comes from. This course will teach you how to use Power Query to master your data, saving you hours of time and manual effort.

Power Query Academy

$350 Renews at $99 per year
(All prices in USD)
This Course contains:
26h 25m of training content
24 Content Modules
15 Quizzes
6 Workshop Labs
Downloadable files and Handouts
Support and Discussion groups
Certificate of completion
26h 25m
Power BI
Data Preparation

What you'll learn?

Understand when and why to use Power Query for data preparation tasks
How to connect to data sources like databases, webpages, SharePoint, Exchange, JSON, and even PDF files
A variety of transformation techniques and patterns to solve various data challenges
Different methods to append (stack) data tables whether they are within the same file or spread across multiple source files
7 different ways to merge tables horizontally to identify exact matches and mis-matches
Methods for merging tables with approximate or "fuzzy" matches
How to use Conditional Logic as a Power Query solution
Building calendar tables for dimensional models using Power Query
In-depth understanding of Power Query and the M language
Using and creating Parameters and Functions for your custom scenarios with the M language to build portable file solutions
Tips to optimize existing queries and future proof new queries

Course Overview

Course Description

Until now, building Business Intelligence solutions has been a painful, repetitive process requiring a great deal of manual effort to clean, filter, and format data before it can even be used. And updates have been tedious and error prone.

Learning to use Power Query means less time spent manipulating data and more time analyzing it to gain powerful insights and make better decisions.

Power Query will save you hours of time gathering and preparing your data before loading it into your data model.

How much time? Great question…

Consider this scenario: a regulation changes in your industry, and every company is forced to hire a new full-time employee in order to process the data that now needs to be reported to the government on a monthly basis. Every company, that is, except yours. Why? Because you were able to automate the data processing and reporting using your amazing Power Query skills, reducing the job to 15 minutes per week.

This isn’t a hypothetical scenario, this really happened for one of our clients. An average of 160 person-hours was reduced to a single hour, using Power Query.  How amazing is that? Where their competition all ended up adding a full-time employee to their corporate overhead, our client didn’t need to. That means they’ve been able to get a competitive advantage over their competitors based on what they’ve learned from our material.

Or how about the client who was able to take the rent-arrears report which took a full day of manual effort to create every single week? What would you say if you could take a job like that, and reduce it to the click of a single button that now only takes a couple of minutes? Would you like to save 52 person days of manual effort per year? Of course you would! And yes, that truly happened.

Now let’s be fair. It would be irresponsible of us to promise you that you’ll save 52 person-days per year, or a full time employee on an annual basis by learning our techniques. Not everyone will realize those kinds of productivity gains. 

But, what we can say is that we routinely get emails from people telling us that they’ve saved 4-5 hours of manual labour per week based on the things they’ve learned from our material. Think about that for a second… What if you saved only 3 hours per week? Multiply that by your hourly rate, and by 50 working weeks per year. It’s a lot of money, isn’t it? And what if you could use that time to learn even more about Power Query and automate other processes as well?

There’s one more thing that we really want you to think about here. Do you enjoy cleaning up the same data on a weekly or monthly basis? Is that satisfying for you? Wouldn’t you be more interested in analyzing that data and drawing conclusions from that data? You know – the job you were actually hired for?

Let us help you!

Our courses are built from a practical point of view, showcasing real-world examples and techniques that you can use right away. You’ll learn the steps, formulas, and tricks from world-class experts that will save you hours of time on a weekly basis. Let us help you get the data-cleaning out of the way, so that you can focus on the satisfying part of the job: providing the insights that you were actually hired to deliver.

This course starts at the beginning, and is intended for people who have never used Power Query at all, those who are self taught and want to ensure they haven’t missed anything, or those who just want great coverage of all of Power Query’s core features.

You’ll learn basic transformation techniques and methods to clean up a variety of common data challenges, as well as how to pull data from various data sources and pull them together into a single refreshable solution that will save you hours of time on a monthly basis.

From there, you’ll learn how to unwind difficult data patterns, dive deep into the underlying M language, and complement user-interface-driven actions with a sprinkling of code to build amazing and practical solutions. Power Query formulas, custom functions and even pro tips for future proofing solutions and improving performance; you’ll pick up the skills to make you a data ninja.

Simply put, you won’t find a more comprehensive Power Query course anywhere! Plus, everything you learn in applicable to both Excel and Power BI.

Who this course is for?

  • Anyone that needs to import and clean data to be analyzed
  • Anyone who copies and pastes data into the same Excel spreadsheet on a regular basis in order to be able to continue their workflow
  • Anyone who has ever tried to consolidate data in Excel using VLOOKUP() or other methods
  • Every user of Excel or Power BI who wants total control of their data

Bonus Gifts with this Course

A digital copy of 'Master Your Data with Excel and Power BI' (new edition of 'M is for (Data) Monkey')

Our Power Query Recipes, including all new and updated cards for as long as you are an Academy member

Course Update Log


First release of the course as the complete Power Query Academy (course was formerly two separate courses: Power Query Essentials and Power Query Advanced).


New lessons added to the course:

  • Formulas and Conditional Logic Module
    • Real World Example of Previous Row Logic
  • Parameters and Custom Functions Module
    • Combining Multiple Web Pages
  • Date and Time Techniques Module
    • Power BI Calendar Tables and Some Tricks
  • Bringing it All Together Module
    • Flatten Absence Entries: A Tricky Example
    • Real World Extracting Web Data
Updates made to the Power Query Recipes:
  • Added new card to Section 20: Reshaping Data
    • Remove Top x (Dynamic) Rows (20.150)
  • Updated cards in Section 30: Combining Data
    • 30.105 to 30.116 – link added on each card that goes to the Creating a Staging Query recipe (0.110)
    • Cartesian Products (30.120) – recipe steps updated to reflect a new and improved technique
  • Updated links throughout the collection to the associated Power Query Academy videos
    • The original Power Query Essentials and Advanced courses have been merged into a single Power Query Academy course


New lessons added to the course:

  • Managing Queries Module
    • Using Relative References in Queries
  • Advanced M Techniques Module
    • Techniques to Rename Columns


Release of Master Your Data with Excel and Power BI book (formerly titled M is for (Data) Monkey). Course registrants now receive the new second edition instead of the original first edition.


New module added to the course called Allocating Values to Periods, which contains 10 new lessons:

  • Allocation Summary
  • Evenly To Each Day in Period
  • To Month by Days in Period
  • Evenly to Each Month in Period
  • To Year by Days in Period
  • Evenly to Each Year in Period
  • Over x Days From Start Date
  • Over x Months From Start Date
  • Over x Years From Start Date
  • Over x Instances at y Intervals From Start Date

Updates to two existing lessons in the Simple Transformation Techniques module:

  • Working with Random Numbers
  • Ranking Data

Updates made to the Power Query Recipes:

  • Added an entire new section to the recipe collection that corresponds with the new Academy module on Allocations. Section 65 – Allocations Over Periods contains the following new recipes:
    • Allocating Values Over Periods Between Two Dates (65.100)
    • Allocating Values Over x Periods From a Start Date (65.101)
    • Allocate Evenly to Each Day in Period (65.110)
    • Allocate to Month by Days in Period (65.120)
    • Allocate Evenly to each Month in Period (65.130)
    • Allocate to Year by Days in Period (65.220)
    • Allocate Evenly to each Year in Period (65.230)
    • Allocate Over x Months from Start Date (65.310)
    • Allocate Over x Years from Start Date (65.320)
    • Allocate Over x Consecutive Days from Start (65.410)
    • Allocate Over x Instances at y Intervals (65.420)
  • Added two new recipes to Section 60 – Date & Time Techniques:
    • Creating a Custom GetMonthEnds Function (60.850)
    • Creating a Custom GetYearEnds Function (60.855)
  • Updated a recipe in Section 70 – Miscellaneous:
    • Add a Random Number to all Table Rows (70.100)


Power Query Academy Updates:

  • Retired two lessons from the Data from Relational Sources module:
    • Connecting to a SQL Server Database
    • Credentials and Privacy Settings.
  • The topics from the retired lessons have been rolled into a new lesson:
    • Connecting to SQL Server Databases
  • Added three new lessons to the module:
    • SQL Databases With Defined Relationships
    • SQL Databases Without Defined Relationships
    • Understanding Query Folding

Power Query Recipes Updates:

  • Added a new recipe to section 20 – Reshaping Data:
    • Pivoting Vertical Sets (Recipe 20.130)
  • Updated existing recipes:
    • Pivoting Stacked Data (Recipe 20.120) – name of the “Integer-Division” column updated to reflect new wording (was formerly “Integer-Divide”)
    • Allocate over x Years from Start Date (Recipe 65.320) – the formula logic for the first period was corrected
    • Random Numbers (Recipe 70.100) – note added that the recipe is now much easier with versions of Power Query released after October 2021

Power Query Academy Updates:

  • Most of the existing lesson videos and handouts updated to use the Skillwave Training branding (many still had the original Power Query Training branding)
  • Updated Cartesian Products lesson (in the Merging Data module)
    • Includes a new step to Remove the [MergeKey] column to reflect the updated Power Query UI
  • Updated Approximate Match lesson (in the Merging Data module)
    • Fixed an incorrect reference on Recipe slide in video
  • Updated Grouping Data Sets practice lab
    • Now references a new Azure database (original database no longer available)
  • Added a new lesson in the the Data from Relational Sources module:
    • Parameterized Queries in SQL Server

Power Query Recipes Updates:

  • Added a new recipe to section 00 – Best Practice Architectures:
    • Quickly Setting Data Type of All Columns (Recipe 0.550)
  • Added a new recipe to section 70 – Miscellaneous:
    • Choosing Columns vs Removing Columns (Recipe 70.130)
  • Updated existing recipe in section 30 – Combining Data:
    • Cartesian Products (Recipe 30.120)

Power Query Academy Updates:

  • Updated the Fuzzy Matching Basics lesson (in the Merging Data module)
    • All new video and example files
  • Updated the Sharing Queries lesson (in the Managing Queries module)
    • All new video and example files
  • Updated the Pagination and DO/WHILE lesson (in the Advanced M Techniques module)
    • All new video and example files
  • Have begun adding English captions to videos, starting with modules at the end of the course. Captions have so far been added to the 3 updated lessons mentioned above, as well as to all lessons in the following modules:
    • Date & Time Techniques
    • Allocating Values to Periods
    • Query Optimization
    • Bringing it All Together

Power Query Recipe Update:

  • Added new recipe to section 20 – Reshaping Data:
    • Shift Non-Aligned Columns Left (Recipe 20.160)

Power Query Academy Updates:

  • Added a new module called Dataflows (Power Query Online), which contains 8 lessons:
    • Background to Dataflows
    • Introduction to Dataflows
    • Demo: Creating a Dataflow
    • Demo: Using a Dataflow
    • Computed Tables
    • Power Query and Dataflows
    • Taking control of a Dataflow
    • Dataflows Summary
  • Completed the English captions for all videos in the course, including those in the new module.

Power Query Recipes Update:

  • Added a new recipe to section 20 – Reshaping Data:
    • Unfill in Power Query (Recipe 20.170.2209)

Added all content from our free Power Query Fundamentals course to the beginning of the Academy. The modules added are:

  • Introduction to Power Query (5 lessons)
  • Importing Basic Data (4 lessons)
  • Query Settings (6 lessons)

Updated the module called Web Based Data Sources. The lessons contained in this module are:

  • Basic “From Web” Concepts (NEW)
  • Web Hosted Files (UPDATED, formerly named Files Publicly Hosted on the Web)
  • Web Pages with Table Tags (UPDATED, formerly named Importing Web Data with Table Tags)
  • Inferred Tables (UPDATED, formerly named Table Inference from Web)
  • Tables from Example (NEW)
  • NOTE: quiz questions for this module have been updated where needed to reflect the content

Added a new module called Advanced Web Techniques, which appears after Advanced M Techniques. The lessons contained in this module are:

  • Parsing an HTML Web Page (UPDATED, formerly named Reading HTML Documents in the Web Based Data Sources module)
  • Parsing HTML as Text (NEW)
  • Basic Web Scraping (previously in Web Based Data Sources, content unchanged)
  • Advanced Web Scraping (previously in Web Based Data Sources, content unchanged)
  • Combining Multiple Web Pages (previously in Parameters and Custom Functions, content unchanged)
  • Pagination and DO/WHILE (previously in Advanced M Techniques, content unchanged)
  • NOTE: there is currently no quiz for this module

Course Formats

On Demand
This is an on-demand course, delivered via pre-recorded video modules that you can consume at your own pace. It includes all required sample files, practice sets, and quizzes to validate your knowledge.

Course Content

Welcome to Power Query Academy
1 Lesson
Getting Started
Introduction to Power Query
5 Lessons
What is Power Query?
Versions of Power Query
Power Query UI Walk Through
When to Use Power Query
Our Suggested Learning Path
Importing Basic Data
4 Lessons
Connecting to Delimited Flat Files
Connecting to Data in Excel Workbooks
Connecting to Data in the Current Excel Workbook
Connecting to Non-Delimited Flat Files
Query Settings
6 Lessons
Step Settings
The Get Data User Experience
Data Profiling and Data Quality
Configuring Query Load Destinations
Query Error Auditing
The Importance of Defining Data Types
Simple Transformation Techniques
1 Quiz | 12 Lessons
Unpivoting Columns
Pivoting Columns
Splitting Columns into Other Columns
Splitting Columns into Rows
Filtering Data
Sorting Data
Working with Existing Columns
Adding a Column Based on a Cell Value
Working with Random Numbers
Grouping and Summarizing Data
Converting a Flat Table into Dimensions
Ranking Data
Module Quiz – Simple Transformation Techniques
Appending Data
1 Quiz | 7 Lessons
Appending Tables Individually
Appending Tables in the Current Workbook
Appending Worksheets in an External Workbook
Combine all Flat Files in a Folder
Combine a Named Worksheet from Multiple Workbooks
Combine All Worksheets in Multiple Workbooks
Loading the Latest Version of a Workbook
Module Quiz – Appending Data
Merging Data
1 Quiz | 9 Lessons
Merging Basics
Join Types
Cartesian Products
Approximate Match
Fuzzy Matching Basics
Fuzzy Matching in Data Quality *UPDATED Mar 2023
Changing Data and Adding Content
Cleanse Multiple Characters in Data
Merging for Data Auditing
Module Quiz – Merging Data
Web Based Data Sources
1 Quiz | 5 Lessons
Basic “From Web” Concepts
Web Hosted Files
Web Pages with Table Tags
Inferred Tables
Tables from Example
Module Quiz – Web Based Data Sources
Miscellaneous Data Sources
1 Quiz | 7 Lessons
Getting Data from Exchange
SharePoint Data: Introduction
SharePoint Data: Lists
SharePoint Data: All Files From Site
SharePoint Data: From Folder Experience
Importing Data from a JSON File
Connecting to a PDF File
Module Quiz – Miscellaneous Data Sources
Data From Relational Sources
1 Quiz | 8 Lessons
Connecting an Access Database
Connecting to SQL Server Databases
SQL Databases With Defined Relationships
SQL Databases Without Defined Relationships
Understanding Query Folding
Parameterized Queries in SQL Server
Connecting to SQL Server Analysis Services
Direct Connectivity in Power BI Desktop
Module Quiz – Data from Relational Sources
Introduction to Conditional Logic
1 Quiz | 2 Lessons
Conditional Logic Basics
Creating Columns from Examples
Module Quiz – Introduction to Conditional Logic
Practice Labs
3 Lessons
Transforming a Stockflow Report into a Data Source
Merging Data from Several Sources
Grouping Data Sets
Advanced Data Reshaping
1 Quiz | 9 Lessons
Time to Change Gears
Pivoting Stacked Data
Pivoting Stacked Data Revisited
Unpivoting Subcategorized Data
Pivoting Vertical Pairs
Pivoting Horizontal Pairs
Numbering Grouped Rows
A Hacker’s Approach to Numbering Group Rows
Adding Comments to Tables
Module Quiz – Advanced Data Reshaping
Managing Queries
1 Quiz | 6 Lessons
Automating Refresh in Excel
Sharing Queries
Query Organization
Bonus Tips for Working With Queries
Using Relative References in Queries
Repointing a Query to a Different Data Source
Module Quiz – Managing Queries
Formulas and Conditional Logic
1 Quiz | 7 Lessons
Using Power Query Formulas
Conditional Logic – Manual IF Tests
Conditional Logic – Handling Errors
Catching and Targeting Errors
Conditional Logic – Working with Multiple Conditions
Conditional Logic Against the Next or Previous Row
Real World Example of Previous Row Logic (Repeat…
Module Quiz – Formulas and Conditional Logic
M Deep Dive
1 Quiz | 7 Lessons
Power Query Values
Power Query and M Syntax
M Functions – Integrated Samples and Documentation
Current Row Context
Navigation or Drill-Down
Tokens – Identifiers, Keywords, Literals, and Punctuation
Advanced Row Context
Module Quiz – M Deep Dive
Parameters and Custom Functions
1 Quiz | 4 Lessons
Manual Creation of Custom Functions
Debugging Custom Functions
UI Assisted Parameters and Functions
Parameter Tables – Extracting a Single Value
Module Quiz – Parameters and Custom Functions
Advanced M Techniques
1 Quiz | 5 Lessons
Dynamically Creating a List of Headers
Techniques to Rename Columns
Advanced Table Append
Managing Changes to Columns
Creating Audit Queries and Alerts
Module Quiz – Advanced M Techniques
Advanced Web Techniques
6 Lessons
Parsing an HTML Web Page
Parsing HTML as Text
Basic Web Scraping
Advanced Web Scraping
Combining Multiple Web Pages
Pagination and DO/WHILE
Date and Time Techniques
1 Quiz | 5 Lessons
What is a Calendar Table?
Basic Calendar Tables – From Start Date to…
Basic Calendar Tables – From Start Date +…
Extending Calendar Table Columns
Power BI Calendar Table and Some Tricks
Module Quiz – Date and Time Techniques
Allocating Values to Periods
10 Lessons
Allocation Summary
Evenly To Each Day in Period
To Month by Days in Period
Evenly to Each Month in Period
To Year by Days in Period
Evenly to Each Year in Period
Over x Days From Start Date
Over x Months from Start Date
Over x Years From Start Date
Over x Instances at y Intervals From Start…
Query Optimization
1 Quiz | 3 Lessons
Optimizing Power Query Settings
Leveraging Buffer Functions
Reducing Development Lag
Module Quiz – Query Optimization
Dataflows (Power Query Online)
8 Lessons
Background to Dataflows
Introduction to Dataflows
Demo: Creating a Dataflow
Demo: Using a Dataflow
Computed Tables
Power Query and Dataflows
Taking Control of a Dataflow
Dataflows Summary
Bringing it All Together
4 Lessons
Correcting Incorrect Records
Toggle File Combine Between Local and SharePoint
Flatten Absence Entries: A Tricky Example
Real World Extracting Web Data
Practice Labs
3 Lessons
Unpivoting Stacked Tables with Multiple Columns
Consolidating Excel Files
Building Portable File Consolidation Solutions
Rate the Course
1 Lesson
Course Feedback

How subscription works?

This course is built on an annual subscription format. Your registration comes with 12 months of access to the course materials, so you can refer back to the videos and example files whenever you like. Your subscription also gives you access to our private Discussion Forum, where you can ask questions related to the course materials, as well as how to apply those teachings to your own work. This forum is an invaluable resource that also allows students to practice their own learnings by helping others with those questions.

On your annual renewal date, your subscription will be automatically renewed with the credit card information on file, unless you cancel your subscription beforehand. You will be emailed a renewal reminder about one month before the renewal date. Please see the FAQs below for information about subscription renewals and cancellations.

About the authors

Matt Allington

Microsoft MVP
Matt Allington is one of the founding partners of Skillwave.Training, and the owner and principal consultant at Excelerator BI Pty Ltd. in Australia. He is an expert in Power BI and DAX training, and has 30+ years of experience in using data to deliver business value. Matt is an author, blogger, and Microsoft MVP that specializes in Power BI, Power Pivot, and Power Query. He brings his business and IT experience to solve general business data problems quickly and efficiently.
Miguel Escobar

Miguel Escobar

Microsoft MVP
Miguel Escobar is an Excel specialist turned Business Intelligence expert using the latest tools from Microsoft – Power BI and Power Query. He is the co-author of Master your Data with Excel and Power BI (formerly M is for (Data) Monkey), a blogger, and a Youtuber of powerful Excel tricks. Before joining the Power Query team at Microsoft, he helped found Skillwave.Training and was previously recognized as a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

Ken Puls

Microsoft MVP, FCPA, FCMA
Ken Puls is one of the founding partners of Skillwave.Training, and the President and Chief Training Officer of Excelguru Consulting Inc. in Canada. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author, and trainer with over 20 years of business and IT experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to use them. Ken is a Microsoft MVP and a leading expert in Excel, Power Query, and Power BI.


Is Power Query Academy only for advanced users?
Not at all. If you’ve never heard of Power Query before, our courses will get you up to speed with the most powerful tool in data transformation. And if you’ve already used Power Query, you’ll get a quick refresher on the fundamentals before learning more advanced concepts. We’ve structured the courses to take you from novice to expert. And wherever you are on your learning journey, you’ll be challenged. If you prefer, you can start with the Power Query Essentials course and then later upgrade to the Bundle option (see more details in the FAQ below about renewing, upgrading, and cancelling subscriptions).
How do I access the course materials? Are they downloadable?
The videos are streamed on-demand and may be watched as often as you like. However, they are not downloadable. The example files and handouts for each lesson are downloadable.
Where are the course videos hosted?
All the videos for the course are hosted on Vimeo. Please note that some networks block access to Vimeo, in which case the videos will not be watchable. You may want to double-check that your network allows access to Vimeo before registering in the Academy, to ensure that you will be able to see the videos.
Are quizzes required for completing the course? How do I receive my Certificate of Completion?
Yes, the quiz at the end of each module is required. Each quiz contains a set of randomized true/false and multiple-choice questions (usually 10 in total). You must get at least 80% to pass the quiz. But don’t worry, you can retake the test as many times as you like! After all the modules and lessons have been completed, you will be able to download the Certificate of Completion from the My Courses area of your Account Dashboard.
What support is included with the course? How do I ask questions?
All users with a current course subscription receive access to our private Discussion Forum, where they can ask questions related to the course materials, as well as how to apply those teachings to their own work. This forum is also intended to act as a place for students to practice their own learnings by helping others with those questions. While the focus of this forum is primarily aimed at allowing students to learn by helping each other, they are monitored by our course authors as well. For technical issues related to the site, course access, or other questions regarding your account, please get in touch through our Contact Us page.
How do I renew my subscription?
If you subscription is set to auto-renew, our system will automatically renew your subscription for another year on your renewal date using the billing information on file. If you subscription is set to manual renewal, our system will generate a manual invoice and email it to you on the renewal date. About a month (4 weeks) before your next renewal date, you will receive an email from us reminding you that the renewal is coming up and to confirm your billing details so your access is uninterrupted.
How do I cancel my subscription?
You may cancel your subscription at any time, and you will continue to have access to all of your course materials until your expiry date. To cancel your subscription, go to the Billing page from your Account Dashboard and select the subscription to cancel from the My Subscriptions area. Once in the Subscription Details page, you can then choose to cancel your subscription from the Actions field. After your subscription expires, you will not longer have access to the course materials, including the downloadable 'Master Your Data' book and Recipe Cards.
What payment methods do you accept? What currency is used?
We accept credit card payments through our secure online payment portal, Stripe. If you would like to discuss other payment options, please get in touch through our Contact Us page. All transactions are charged in US Dollars. Please note that because Skillwave is registered in Canada, we are required by Canada Revenue Agency to collect the 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) on registrations made by Canadians.
What is your refund policy for this course?
We think you will love our training; however, if you are unsatisfied with the training for any reason, we offer a 14-day 100% money-back guarantee, as long as you have completed less than 25% of the course. All we ask in return is that you tell us why you were unsatisfied with the training. We do not offer refunds if you have completed over 25% of the course and/or it is more than 14 days after the purchase date.
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Power Query Academy

(47 Reviews)

47 reviews for Power Query Academy

  1. Harlan (verified owner)

    [The trainers] are each doing a great job. The lessons are so compelling that I think about them while I’m walking my dog!

  2. Thomas (verified owner)

    The Power Query Academy course is really great… Really well done and lots more tricks than I expected to see before I decided to purchase it. It is the small stuff that speeds up my workflow and that I can see better from you doing it in the video than from just reading a blog or book. It is also the systematic learning as opposed to mainly using google to find answer to a current problem… During playback I really liked the fact that I can slow down and speed up the playback from 0.5x to 2.0x which allows me to focus on the content most relevant to me and to my current skill level, and that I can jump around in the videos as fits best.

    My biggest regret is that I didn’t buy it earlier, since it could have saved me time thru the well-structured learning in the course as opposed to my random learning before that thru blogs and Google.

  3. Alessandro (verified owner)

    I have an 8 month’s work experience on Power BI and DAX. In the first months I’ve thought of Power Query as a “complementary”, nice to have skill. Not fundamental. After 8 months, having taken on more serious and difficult projects, I realize it’s not a complementary skill. It’s THE skill of a good BI analyst that works with Power BI. As soon as you start working on more complicated projects, this is what you realize.

  4. Rochma (verified owner)

    I have changed my excel performance by over 100%. i have learned so much. the clarity and ease of learning with the platform is exemplary. the customer service is above and beyond!

  5. Abdulrahman Joseph (verified owner)

    Power Query Academy has changed my whole experience in transforming data from almost any shape with less or no Excel formula. Step-by-Step videos are easy to understand and follow.

  6. Mitchell (verified owner)

    1. Platform
    The Skillwave platform is the most polished of the leaning platforms I’ve been on. The decision to migrate from Thinkific was a smart one. I like being able to find my way around without having to guess.

    2. Course Content
    With three top-notch experts in the field, the content is bound to be awesome. The course materials are like a deep dive into their public blog content. In fact, the articles on the blog often refer to specific videos in the various courses. That’s smart marketing; also, it’s my opinion that anyone who doesn’t have access to the video content is missing out on the opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of the concepts presented on the blogs.

    3. Instructors’ Engagement
    It was gratifying having my questions answered within an hour of posting in the forums. Often, both Ken and Miguel chimed in. Sadly, the overall forum is pretty quiet, but that’s not the fault of the Instructors. Maybe it needs to be publicized more within the course. There are too many sections that display “Discussions… Total: 0 threads”.

    4. Accessibility
    This is the one area where improvement is sorely needed. All three Instructors are soft-spoken. For hearing-impaired individuals like me, this is super frustrating. I read lips and, in the absence of a talking head, rely on closed-captioning. While the visuals do pop up relevant text, that’s not enough. I advocate for transcripts on every video-centric platform that I hang out on. I’m hoping that, at the least, future videos will have clearer speaking.

    5. Affordability
    As a freelancer, I probably calculate the value of a course differently than an employee who might have to pay out of pocket or get management
    to see the value in paying for the training. Personally, learning Power Query via another platform opened up new markets for me. So, when Ken and Miguel launched the original version of this Power Query Academy, the investment was a no-brainer. Their course material BEGINS where others end. The extra knowledge and practical skills (along with the brilliant Recipe Cards for reference) are priceless. My clients pay for my yearly membership!

  7. Chris Kroll (verified owner)

    I have completed the course Power Query Fundamentals and am 50% complete with Power Query Academy. As an a Senior Analyst/Programmer writing and implementing code for several decades, I found these courses very helpful.

    I like the way they describe the technical specifics of each section then follow that up immediately with a sample exercise. The labs were especially helpful in solidifying the learned information. A lot of good information there to help me down the road with Power Query. I like it!

  8. Yoash (verified owner)

    This changed the way I use Excel, long work hours became easy and short time with excellent outcome. Very easy to understand, comprehensive videos, well done, great job.

  9. Elayne Jones (verified owner)

    The trainers are clear and concise, and the resources are invaluable! Thank you!

  10. iangroves (verified owner)

    I learned about Power Query by accident at a SQL Server Pre-Con in 2018 taught by Rob Collie. I picked the BI-Sounding Power Pivot class since my new job was Data centered. Rob only recommended one book (other than his own), and it was M is for (Data) Monkey. I fell in love with Power Query that day and bought Ken’s book, and worked through it all in the evenings at the conference. Then I came back to work and didn’t get to pick it back up for a couple of years. I was trying to find the book and see if there was an update, but I also found the Power Query Magic podcast with Wyn, and Ken was the first guest! So I heard about Skillwave from that and found these great courses…

    PQ Fundamentals reminded me of why I should never have put PQ on hold. The website, first and foremost, is the best platform I have seen and reduced all the standard friction of learning sites. The content in this course (so far) and the fundamentals course are spot on, delivered in digestible chunks, and there are chances to practice. The Quizzes ARE NO JOKE, but essential to understand things well enough to move on to other areas and helpful (no gotchas!).

    I initially thought the primary use for my team would be to eliminate all the manual Excel aggregation work. However, after reviewing the entire course, I realized that the way they teach Power Query is the same way a DB Developer would write an ETL/ELT process. Also, the way a DB Developer would learn about Data Warehousing and star schemas. And it is all in Excel, which of course runs the entire company. So, I signed up my junior data analyst for the Self Service BI Boot Camp in July, and while the aggregations will be trivial, the application to our entire data estate may be company-changing!

  11. Ceren Karakurt (verified owner)

    Many interesting and comprehensive topics covered. There were some stuff which I was applying without knowing the logic but now I have all the power

  12. Matthieu RANCINAN (verified owner)

    Great job with those videos, pretty clear and precise

  13. Kasper (verified owner)

    Great course ! really informative and great learning

  14. Seth Barron (verified owner)

    I continue to be impressed with the value delivered by Power Query Academy, it covers a stunning amount of ground for what has become an essential daily tool for me. These guys are on-top of questions too, if you’re taking the course and have a problem you’re very likely to get a thoughtful response by the next day. If you’re doing anything from advanced financial modeling to basic accounting you’re going to come out with a number of ways to improve the quality and speed of what you’re doing. Do yourself a favor and skip your next obligatory continuing education course and do this instead.

  15. John (verified owner)

    This course is for deep understanding of this new exciting and increasingly essential area for all power Excel users and analysts. The content is a clear and explained in an efficient way, the quizzes really test you and the practical examples test the leanings are thorough. You will become proficient if you do this course. Highly recommended.

  16. Kajsa (verified owner)

    These guys are something extra! I got in touch with them through an open and free site some years ago, I wrote and expressed my difficulties in doing whatever I tried to do but didn´t manage. With an outstanding patience and educational talent, they directly went beyond the “monkey do” -stuff, they rather started explaining the underlying logics and then the necessary work arounds, to achieve the results I could not manage.

    As enrolled, their expertise is always close. And on top of that, e-mail contact in whatever matter is easy. One drawback is that I am personally not so fond of the website, that does not match the splendidness in the Excel wonders they make possible.

    I am not totally through with the courses, and I wish I had more time to dig deeper into Power Query, but if you consider putting some money into your personal learning, this is the choice. They don´t give you “just a pattern” to follow, you learn why and you learn extras. Thank you for being there!

  17. Sylvia Grozdeva (verified owner)

    I am really enjoying the course as it gives you deep dive into PQ. The course is structured in user-friendly way, the lessons are delivered by great professionals and the steps are easy to apply after the detailed explanations and the showed examples.

    I was fascinated by the automatization that can be done with PQ after Excel Conference in 2019 where Ken Puls gave us some pretty cool PQ insides. The magic that can be done with PQ is the reason to apply it in my work but also to be here and subscribe for the course.

    I am recommending the course with both hands as it is totally worth it.

  18. Nick Burns (verified owner)

    I’ve been with this course through several iterations of their training website. It is by far the best resource/training for Power Query. The Advanced M Techniques module alone are worth the price of admission. I especially like that they keep adding new content as the application (Excel / Power BI) changes.

  19. Angelique (verified owner)

    This is the best laid out, in depth training I’ve found for Power Query. The break downs of and progressions towards a deeper understanding are really helpful and have given me ways of being able to do just about anything I need with Power Query. Thank you Skillwave

  20. Jeff (verified owner)

    I was faced with a pile of disparate Excel tools filled with old MS Queries and Vlookups to make sense of. Then I found Power Query and realized there was a better way and I needed to learn it. But so many courses and programs take a more academic-style approach to teaching this stuff. As the solo figure-out-er of all things data and technology at my company, I need answers to specific challenges, fast. I don’t need a drawn-out, A-Z explanation of all M functions. I just don’t have the time.

    That is the difference I found at Skillwave, and why I chose to invest here (and continue to renew). The reasons for a lesson are not as much about “how completely will you know Power Query, M, Power BI, DAX, Excel..” but instead about “do you have the tools and techniques to solve the real business challenge you’re facing”. And it’s obvious that the instructors are using their experience doing just that, as the foundation for course topics. While there is certainly a flow from fundamental to advanced, there are real use-cases baked into every single lesson. I’ve built translation tools for customer POs to be consumed by our ERP, used List.Generate in complex forecasting tools to traverse multiple levels of bills of materials to produce what-if scenarios. And I use Power Query just about every day to wrangle datasets for various reasons. But I couldn’t write a test on M syntax, because that isn’t my goal. So if you’re like me in your learning needs, I can save you the time scouring the web like I did. This is your one-stop shop.

  21. Benjamin (verified owner)

    I have learned so much from this course and love having a subscription so that I get updates as they come out. The format is great, the presentations are clear and well organized. This is some of the best training I have ever taken and I have taken a lot of training. I highly recommend Skillwave. I started learning about Power Query when Bill Jelen introduced me to M is for Data Monkey and it had not even been published yet. Sign up and subscribe! You will not regret it!

  22. Wilfried (verified owner)

    I’m very content, best course I’ve ever bought. Thank you.

  23. Thomas (verified owner)

    A well structured very helpful intro course into the power of Power Query. First class training done by the best instructors and real experts. I love how it is presented. The recipes are very handy and helpful.

  24. Matias (verified owner)

    I wish I had found this course before I undertook a big project. It would have saved me untold hours of trial and error.

    The course is laid out with sound instructional techniques, high-quality presentations and thoughtfully designed practical exercises to apply what you learn.

    I highly endorse the Power Query Academy course to anyone who wants to learn Power Query.

  25. Matthias (verified owner)

    I wholeheartedly recommend Power Query Academy!
    I learned first about Power Query in 2017 and I just love it and use it for so many data issues in Excel and Power BI. Therefore when I joined Power Query Academy in 2019 I was already quite experienced and had already two other good(!) Power Query courses under the belt. Nevertheless this well-structured course taught me a lot of new tricks and techniques. Each video does not only teach a course topic but is also filled with helpful tips and gems which make it so much easier to work with Power Query. Ken, Miguel and Matt know what they do, teach it well and they continue to add regularly new content to the course.
    On top of this Ken, Miguel and Matt also help you in the forum with any question you might have regarding the course content and when you have problems applying your new knowledge to your own data tasks.
    As a bonus to the course you get also a good, not techie book “M is for (Data) Monkey” and recipe cards.

  26. matthew wagner (verified owner)

    This course is absolutely fantastic! I love the in depth approach to all the topics contained in the syllabus. I like to watch the videos multiple times and I often pick up something new or gain a firmer understanding of the material with each view. I do not know how I got along before without having an understanding of Power Query. It has been a game changer at work. I used to go to the guy that knew Excel for help, now he comes to me! I have other co-workers that also request my assistance. It has been quite rewarding applying my knowledge and I owe it to Ken, Matt and Miguel. I love their teaching style!! I often find it to be a great way to relax and forget about the other stresses of life as I sit back and focus on the lesson. I highly recommend this course.

  27. Stanton (verified owner)

    Learning Power Query has made it possible to see a 1000% increase in my work productivity. Providing a client the ability to transform data that took them days to format in a useable form to virtually a mouse click was terrific. Power Query Academy provided me with the tools and understanding to do just that. The Skillwave formula of comprehensive training through video and working examples is the best way I’ve found to learn. Once again, thank you, Ken, Matt, and Miguel.

  28. Steffen (verified owner)

    Your new lessons on “Allocating Values to Periods” are absolutely brilliant! The lessons on this have been so helpful to me that I have viewed them several times and have already been able to apply them in practice several times. Thank you for these great Power Query lessons! The practical use-cases of your videos is exactly what I needed and what convinced me being part of Power Query Academy!

  29. Beverly Bruce (verified owner)

    I am transitioning into a BA role and my coworker suggested I google Ken Puls. I am so happy I did that and took this course. I would not recommend it for anyone who is not disciplined but they break it down so that anyone can understand it. This is so empowering! Thank you.

  30. Sara Brown (verified owner)

    I loved the detailed examples

  31. Avinash (verified owner)

    Thank you to the course instructors for sharing their knowledge on this topic! I liked that the course showed several Power Query features through examples, reviewed important topics that users will see everyday, and then built upon them to more advanced M topics. It was a great course!

  32. Jorrit Ruigrok (verified owner)

    I like the complete set of information, and that it is updated regularly.

  33. Benjamen (verified owner)

    I liked transforming dirty data to something usable from multiple sources. I use the skills acquired almost daily. Almost all of the lessons are easy to follow and understand. All instructors are really good, but Ken is great. I hope to take other courses.

  34. Julie Meadows (verified owner)

    I loved how many lessons there were and how they were broken down. As an auditory learner I had some trouble with the voices switching often at first.

  35. Darren G, CPA (verified owner)

    Power Query is saving us heaps of time and enabling us to create reports that we were not previously able to do. I can’t speak highly enough of it and the Skillwave training!

  36. Matthew Wagner (verified owner)

    I loved the course! Now I am going to go back to lesson number #1 and do it again!! I liked the thorough nature by which the material was presented. Loved “going under the hood”!

  37. Holly D. (verified owner)

    As a beginner, I loved how detailed the course was. It was a great course!

  38. Bryan Dimick (verified owner)

    The course was well documented and detailed. Plus, the flow of the training was easy to follow, well designed. Luckily, I was used to the methodology having witnessed some of the videos in prior google searches. Plus, I recently worked through the M is for (Data) Monkey book. I love the recipes, as I am not always doing reports (broad responsibilities), so being able to flip back to the recipes and videos will help me when I have long gaps of being away from PQ or P-BI.

  39. Bernard Clark (verified owner)

    I liked that it was self-paced, provided tips for organisation and possible gotchas (e.g., “remove errors before nulls”), steps for alternative ways to solve problems, and an insight to M language using trial and error.

  40. Tom (verified owner)

    I liked the course structure. Explanations are easy to follow. Demos very well done, and very easy to follow. Very hands-on. Feedback support via the forum was excellent – very responsive and good advice. Gave solid information that can be applied quickly to real business problems. Great course! Thoroughly enjoyed it. We’ve already applied learnings from the course to hands-on work at our company.

  41. Michael T (verified owner)

    I liked how clear each subject was and how thoroughly each topic was explained.

  42. Judith Calvo (verified owner)

    It is so well organized and easy to understand. Kudos on an awesome course!

  43. João Teixeira (verified owner)

    Great Instructors! Very clean explanations and a very comprehensive course!

  44. Haydee Mera Escalante (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed learning techniques and tricks to solve problems that are frequently found when cleaning data to generate reports. In general, the course seemed very good to me. The inclusion of subtitles in the videos helps me to better understand the content, since English is not my native language. I thank you for the course, I have learned a lot in these months. I will continue to advance with other courses that I have activated on your platform.

  45. JB (verified owner)

    I liked the depth and breadth of coverage. Simple explanations and real-world use cases. Course materials were well-organized and easy to use.

  46. Chris Aragao (verified owner)

    I think there is a wealth of information and the trainers were excellent.

  47. Melanie Lacroix (verified owner)

    I love seeing the steps on video. I also enjoy your approach to teaching. Wonderful course! Thank you so much!

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