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Tableau Certification Prep: Desktop Specialist + Associate

Complete guide to acing the 2021-2022 Tableau Desktop Specialist & Certified Associate exams (+2 full practice tests!)

4.56 (305 reviews)


6 hours


Aug 2021

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What you will learn

Develop the exact skills you need to ace your Tableau Desktop certification exams

Design histograms, treemaps, bullet graphs, funnels, and multi-axis charts

Analyze data with regression models, forecasting tools, control charts, and box plots

Define custom calculations using calculated fields, table calcs and parameters

Combine visuals to build dynamic, interactive dashboards and stories

Learn from a best-selling instructor, featured author, and award-winning Tableau developer


NOTE: This course was updated in August 2021 to reflect the latest and most up-to-date Tableau certification experience!

This course is designed to help you build the exact skills you need to ace the Tableau Desktop Specialist and Certified Associate exams, guaranteed. With hands-on projects, full-length practice tests, and free downloadable study guides, this is the ONLY course you'll need to prepare!

Throughout the course, you’ll play the role of a BI Analyst for BankMaven, a financial institution based in the US. You’ll use Tableau Desktop, and the skills you learn throughout the course, to design and build an executive dashboard from scratch. But don't worry, we'll guide you each step of the way, with crystal clear explanations and helpful pro tips to help you build expert-level Tableau skills.

Our project will incorporate ALL of the skills required for certification, including connecting and blending data, creating charts and geospatial maps, applying analytics tools and calculations, filtering and examining data, and designing custom, interactive dashboards and stories:

  • Connecting to Data

    • Connect to sources, join & blend data, edit metadata, compare extracts & live connections, etc.

  • Field & Chart Types

    • Explore field types, pills, row and column shelves, common chart types, etc.

  • Mapping & Analytics

    • Create geospatial maps, import custom backgrounds, explore instant analytics tools, etc.

  • Calculations

    • Define custom calculations using calculated fields, table calculations and parameters

  • Examining & Filtering

    • Examine functions to sort, group, filter, and highlight fields, sets and values

  • Dashboards & Stories

    • Combine visualizations to create interactive dashboards and stories

We’ll also walk through everything you need to know about the certification process itself, including exam options and structure, topic breakdowns, question types, rules, scheduling options, and tips for success.

Finally, we'll wrap things up with two full-length practice exams, with hands-on and knowledge-based questions designed to mirror the actual exam experience and make sure you're ready for the real deal.

If you're ready to level-up your skills, increase your earning potential, and become a certified Tableau expert, this is the course for you.


Join today and get immediate, lifetime access to the following:

  • 6 hours of high-quality video

  • Tableau Certification Prep ebook

  • Downloadable Tableau project files & solutions

  • Quizzes & Practice Exams

  • Course Q&A forum

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

See you in the course!

-Dustin (Featured Tableau Author & Lead Tableau Instructor, Maven Analytics)


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Tableau Certification Prep: Desktop Specialist + Associate
Tableau Certification Prep: Desktop Specialist + Associate
Tableau Certification Prep: Desktop Specialist + Associate
Tableau Certification Prep: Desktop Specialist + Associate


Getting Started

Course Structure & Outline

READ ME: Important Notes for New Students

DOWNLOAD: Course Resources

Course Project

Setting Expectations

Installing Tableau

Downloading Tableau Public [Free]

Tableau Public Installation Guide (Mac)

Tableau Public Installation Guide (Windows)

Downloading Tableau Desktop [Trial/Paid]

Preparing for the Exam

Certification Exam Levels

Exam Structure

Skills Measured

Exam Question Types

Example | Knowledge-based Question

Example | Hands-on Question

Exam Rules

Scheduling Options

Exam Results

Tips for Success

Preparing for the Exam

Connecting to Data

Intro: Connecting to Data

Data Connection Types

Data Connection Examples

The Data Source Interface

PRO TIP: The Data Interpreter

Transforming Data

Live Connections vs. Extracts

Extract Options [Trial/Paid Version Only]

Combining Data

Tableau Data Model

Logical and Physical Layers

Unions & Joins

Data Blending

Connecting to Data

Field Types & Charts

Intro: Field Types & Charts

Dimensions & Measures

Discrete vs. Continuous Fields

Tableau-Generated Fields

Bar Charts

Line Charts

Scatter Plots


Highlight Tables

Multi-Axis Charts




Bullet Graphs

Mark Types

Marks Card Properties

Marks Card Properties (Cont.)

PRO TIP: Titles & Captions

Field Types & Charts

Mapping & Analytics

Intro: Mapping & Analytics

Geospatial Data

The Mapping Workspace

Map Layers

Custom Territories

Background Images

Common Mapping Issues

The Analytics Pane

Regression Models

Trend Lines


Control Charts

Box Plots

Mapping & Analytics


Intro: Calculations

Calculated Fields

Calculation Syntax

Creating Calculated Fields


Aggregation Types

Common Calculation Functions

Basic Aggregate Functions

String Functions

Logical Functions

Date Functions

Table Calculations

Addressing & Partitioning

Level of Detail (LOD) Expressions

Choosing an LOD Type

Creating Parameters


Examining & Filtering

Intro: Examining & Filtering

Sorting Data

Grouping Data

Creating Sets

Defining Hierarchies

The Filter Shelf

Context Filters

Date Filters

Discrete Date Filters

Default Field Properties

Data Highlighter

PRO TIP: Viz Animations

Examining & Filtering

Dashboards & Stories

Intro: Dashboards & Stories

Dashboard Layout

Dashboard Sizing

Tiled vs. Floating

Dashboard Objects


Filter Actions

Device Designer


Sharing Dashboards

Dashboards & Stories

Practice Exams

Intro: Practice Exams

Exam 1


Exam 2


Wrapping Up



Ivan22 July 2021

Great so far, Concise, very good pace. I'm enjoying it more than the other Tableau courses I have taken

Justin15 June 2021

This class was great. I came from having no previously knowledge of Tableau and feel very confident in my abilities to be able to pass the Specialist/Associate exams.

Andrew10 June 2021

I was able to get an 87% on my first attempt at the Associate exam by using on the job experience and using this course as a refresher. The topics are explained well without getting too deep/verbose, and the pacing is great.

Sivaranjani9 June 2021

A quick and nice revision course for the exam ! I passed the exam. ! Thanks for this course. Queries will be replied in hours !

Michael4 June 2021

so far it is very interesting. i have a good base knowledge over tableau and data visualization. i want to make sure i can pass my test

Subhi20 May 2021

This is a nice refresher not too long and pretty comprehensive for anyone who already knows tableau and really looking to tackle the exam, however the practice exam is not that challenging as it serve the purpose of jogging your memory although I wish the exam practice to be up to the level of CA, to anyone who consider to get this, note that, this is great for a quick concept reminder and it is totally recommended.

Sharon18 May 2021

Lots of good information. Some videos are clipped in the beginning. May have to view this a few times to make sure I have all the concepts down.

Philip14 May 2021

I feel very prepared for my upcoming Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification after this course. I really like the insights and tips on the exam itself, as well as the practice exams! :) Good Stuff!


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