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SQL Fundamentals course overview

SQL plays a foundational role in Business Intelligence as it provides us with a way to extract data from databases for use in other BI tools. 

This course covers SQL’s foundational syntax and essential transformations with practical, hands-on examples. To do this, learners are provided with access to an Azure Data Studio data warehouse from which they can run the queries taught throughout this course. Connecting to the data warehouse is simple and can be from a Windows, iOS, or Linux computer.

This course will walk you through retrieving and filtering data from a database with basic SQL syntax, transforming that data with functions, combining data from multiple tables, best practices when using SQL and common mistakes. By the end of this course, you’ll have the core skills business analysts need to extract data from a database using SQL.

SQL Fundamentals learning objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Retrieve and filter data using basic SQL syntax

  • Transform data with the help of numerical, date, and text functions

  • Identify strategies for constructing an unbiased sample

  • Understand essential terminology related to SQL, databases, and data warehouses

Chapter 3 learning objectives

SQL Fundamentals is a course from CFI’s BIDA™ program

CFI’s upcoming Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program will cover all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about business intelligence and data analysis. This program will teach you the quantitative methods used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to analyze complex data.

Common career paths for students who take the BIDA™ program are Business Intelligence, Asset Management, Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, and other finance careers.

Students can sign up for updates and reserve a spot in the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Program on the student dashboard. 

Who should take this course?

The SQL Fundamentals is perfect for those with zero prior experience with SQL or for those who just want a refresher on the fundamentals and best practices. As with any coding language, SQL can be daunting to learn, which is why this course starts with super simple examples and works slowly up to more complex theories. Every concept and step is explained clearly and with as non-technical language as possible.

SQL Fundamentals

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Level 3

Approx 10h to complete

100% online and self-paced

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What you'll learn

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Become a certified Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification

SQL Fundamentals is part of the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ certification, which includes 21 courses.

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification
  • Skills Learned Data visualization, data warehousing and transformation, data modeling and analysis
  • Career Prep Business intelligence analyst, data scientist, data visualization specialist

Path to certification

Prep courses

3 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

01 Optional

Core courses

13 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

02 Required

Elective courses

5 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.

03 Optional

Get certified

Submit your BIDA checklist and order your certificate.

04 Required

Join our community

Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.

05 Optional

How the certification works

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and elective courses (17 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified (BIDA)™ Certification will be emailed to you.

What our students say

SQL For Finance Person
This is great way to learn for Non Programmers. Highly recommended

Wajeeh Rehman

Amazing & worthwhile course. Highly recommend.
This course allowed me to now be able to know how to write queries on demand (provided the database is in decent condition) to get the results needed by business stakeholders. The theory part was also so important for teaching me how to converse with our tech team and developers - thus knowing what to ask for and being able to provide reasonable explanations as to why.

Michael Kelly

Best course at CFI so far!
Clearly this has been the best course I've done so far at CFI. Incredible content, strong presentation. As I am working with SQL day by day without knowing the basics in theory, it's been incredibly helpful for me to hear all the basics. What a great course!

Philip-Raphael Schachl

Detailed Course
Very detailed, easy to follow, and challenging. Once you finish, you feel confident using SQL.

Javier Guerra

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Frequently asked questions

Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
Depending on your enrollment type, you will either have two years, yearly, or monthly access to your courses. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
No! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification. You can see our enrollment fees listed here.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All our online courses are priced in USD. We accept debit/credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), PayPal, and wire transfers for one-time course payments. If you wish to proceed with a wire transfer from your bank, please see instructions here.
How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
What is the price of the subscription?
All Access Subscription is priced for $497 per year as Self-Study plan or $897 per year as Full Immersion plan.
What is included in the subscription?
All Access Subscription includes all courses from Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification, Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification, Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® Certification, Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification, Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Specialization.
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