Power Query Fundamentals

Author: Ken Puls

If you need to learn one new tool today, Power Query is it! This FREE course explains the fundamental concepts of Power Query, so you can have a basic understanding of what Power Query does and when to use it.

2h 30m
  • Excel
  • Power BI
  • Data Preparation

What you'll learn?

  • Basic understanding of what Power Query is and what it's designed for
  • How the Power Query User Interface is used to Extract, Transform and Load data
  • Simple transformation solutions that you can apply to your work
  • Building solutions to import data from common Data Sources
  • Methods to debug errors in your Power Query solutions
  • That you have been wasting a huge amount of time doing repetitive manual work that can easily be automated

Power Query Fundamentals

  • 2h 30m of training content
  • 4 modules
  • Downloadable files and Handouts
  • Certificate of Completion

Power Query Fundamentals


Course Description

Power Query is an amazing ETL technology that allows you to “Get & Transform” your data in order to build refresh-able solutions for your business intelligence.  First available as a free add-in for Excel 2010 and Excel 2013, it’s now build in to Excel 2016 and higher, as well as acting as the “Get Data” layer for Power BI.

Simply put, Power Query allows you to Extract data from a vast array of sources, Transform it more quickly and easily than you ever thought possible, and then Load it directly into a table or your data model.

If you need to learn one new tool today, Power Query is it! This FREE course is sets the fundamental concepts of Power Query, so you can have a basic understanding of what Power Query does and when to use it. 

In this course, we will introduce you to the magic of Power Query and how it will transform the way you work with data forever. 

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

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Course Update Log

First release of the course as Power Query Fundamentals

New videos added to the Query Settings Module:

  • The “Get Data” User Experience
  • Data Profiling and Data Quality

New videos by Matt Allington added to the Introduction Module:

  • Power Query UI Walkthrough
  • When to Use Power Query

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 Q&A tests to validate your knowledge.

About the author

Ken Puls

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.


How long do I have access to this course?

You have unlimited access to this course. Unlike our other courses, it is not built on a subscription basis so there is no renewal or expiry date.

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 and quizzes passed, you will be able to download the Certificate of Completion from the My Courses area of your Account Dashboard.

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