SQL Server Business Intelligence Developer Certificate

Learn SQL business intelligence development skills online and on-demand with personal facilitation.

5-course program: $5,500

The SQL Server Business Intelligence Developer certificate program includes coverage of relational database fundamentals, SQL programming, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), and Power BI. The curriculum provides students with a formidable skillset to tackle numerous business intelligence needs. The program includes comprehensive coverage of SQL syntax including complex queries, as well as creating and using stored procedures, functions, views and triggers.

Students will learn how to deploy and manage SSRS, create and customize reports including Table, Matrix, Parameterized and Linked reports. Students will be introduced to the design and use of data warehouses and the use of SSIS to import/export data. A thorough introduction to SSAS includes creation of data cubes to support business analytics, and syntax for extracting information including the use of MDX to develop Multidimensional models. Students will also learn to use Microsoft's Power BI suite of products to import, analyze, and visualize business data, and to share business intelligence.

Comprehensive hands-on exercises are provided throughout the courses to reinforce learning and develop real competency. A personal facilitator is assigned to you at the start of each course. Your personal facilitator is an instructor who is there to answer questions, assist with any issues that arise, and mentor you through the program to assure success.

Upon completion of the program, students will have developed an appropriate knowledge base for a variety of positions related to database programming, data reporting, and data analysis. Program graduates will have gained an especially strong skillset to pursue an entry level database reporting or business intelligence position at companies which specifically use Microsoft SQL Server.

Our personally facilitated on-demand learning environment gives students the ability to work within their schedule and learn at their own pace to ensure a thorough understanding of SQL databases and SQL business intelligence. The SQL BI Developer certificate program includes streaming lectures, extensive hands-on lab exercises and one-on-one facilitation to assure successful completion. Bright Star's unique approach to student success includes a personal SQL instructor to assure that student courses are completed on time and with a solid understanding of the content. Each student has a dedicated workstation loaded with the software required for exercises. We do not use simulation software or “canned” labs. Learn more about our on-demand training here.

SQL Developer Career Opportunities

Students have a large amount of career flexibility after completing Bright Star's SQL Business Intelligence Developer program. Program graduates can pursue a data analyst role focused more on business reporting, which can expect an annual entry level salary of $40,000 - $55,000. Students can also pursue a more programming-based SQL role where they likely support software development or business analysts, and these entry level SQL Developers can expect to make $32,000 - $69,000 per year . Students will even be able to pursue technical support positions at software companies, with their SQL querying skills and knowledge of database design serving as valuable assets when investigating support cases.

Job titles can vary as a SQL specialist gains experience, but they all are relatively close to each other in terms of compensation. With expected skill progression and career advancement, program graduates have excellent mid-career salary prospects. SQL Data Analysts can expect to make $60,000 - $101,500 annually (and SQL Business Analysts have similar compensation, if not better). SQL Developers can expect yearly compensation of $60,000 - $107,500 annually.

At Bright Star we are happy to help assess your personal career goals related to SQL Development or any of our other certificate programs. Reach out to get in touch with a Course Advisor at 302.335.8868, or you may request information here.

Program Overview

  • Designing normalized table structures for relational databases
  • Creating databases and tables
  • Writing SQL queries
  • Understanding the main components of databases (stored procedures, functions, views triggers, constraints and indexes)
  • Programming features of T-SQL
  • Using the SQL Server client tools to manage and configure SQL Server 
  • Shaping, transforming, and combining data from diverse sources to create useful reports in Power BI
  • Choosing and creating the data visualizations that are best suited for various types of analysis
  • Installing and configuring SQL Server Reporting Services
  • Creating multi-dimensional, two-dimensional, and tabular data sources and data sets
  • Creating and deploying reports
  • Securing reports and data sources
  • Configuring report interactivity, including drill-downs, report maps, and book marks
  • Using visualization objects to create Charts, Spark Lines, Data Bars, and Tree Maps
  • Adding mages, page headers and footers, and report metadata to reports
  • Understanding the architecture of SQL Server Integration Services and how to use it as an ETL utility
  • Understanding how to design and build data warehouses
  • Understanding the BI semantic Model
  • Understanding how SQL Server Analysis Services can be used to create cubes to support business analysis
  • Implementing data mining algorithms against cubes to support predictive and trending analysis


Required Courses Duration PDF
Introduction to Programming Concepts 15 hours
Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming 90 hours
Analyzing and Presenting Data with Power BI 60 hours
SQL Server 2019 Reporting Services 60 hours
SQL Server 2019 Business Intelligence: Integration Services and Analysis Services 90 hours

Getting Started

Feel free to call us to discuss your desired curriculum – one of our advisors will be happy to discuss your training objectives and confirm that your goals and selected courses align. Your advisor will assist you in customizing the appropriate track to your personal situation.

After enrollment and speaking to your advisor, payment can be made anytime prior to your chosen start date for your first course. For multi-course certificate programs, you may pay for each course as you start it (pay as you go). Financing is also available.

  • You will receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides.
  • Login credentials will be sent to you for the lecture portions and lab portions of class.
  • A personal facilitator will be assigned to you for each course, assisting with questions or lab issues that arise during your training.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of class.
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees.


About Our Online Training Platform

  • Courses are designed to be a combination of lecture and comprehensive problem solving lab exercises
  • You are provided login credentials to view the course on any device whether it be a phone, tablet or computer
  • You receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides for each course
  • Lab exercises are performed via a dedicated lab machine
  • An instructor is assigned to assist you in completing lab exercises and to help with any questions about the course content
  • Our support team provides you with course selection guidance, personal course setup assistance and technical support
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees
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