Zero to Tableau Certified

Zero to Tableau Associate

This course is designed for individuals with little or no Tableau experience who are looking to learn and understand how to use Tableau. This comprehensive course starts with Tableau fundamentals and continues through with more advanced topics on calculations and dashboarding.

We’ll start by teaching the basics: connecting to data and navigating Tableau Desktop. From there, the course covers how to create various chart types, add interactivity, and build dashboards. After you know the basics of building a dashboard, it will be time to complete the first of three capstone projects for a foundations-level badge.

Next, during the practitioner-level badge phase, you will learn how to prepare and manipulate data using Tableau Prep, build custom calculations, and add interactivity through parameters and dashboard actions.

In the final advanced-level phase you’ll tackle some of the hardest concepts in Tableau: level-of-detail calculations, sets, and spatial analytics. To top it off, you’ll face your biggest challenge in the advanced-level capstone.

Comprehensive Material

1-on-1 Trainer

Along the way you’ll be guided through the content with a coach. Each week that coach will host two live two-hour training sessions with the entire cohort. If you can’t make it to the sessions you can catch up with the recordings that will be sent to you afterwards. 

Your coach will also set aside time for a 30-minute one-on-one meeting each week with you. In this meeting you will have additional opportunities to ask questions and maximize your learning.

Outside of the training sessions and meetings you’ll also have access to our comprehensive lessons. These include step-by-step written instructions, GIF images, and video!

Course Features

  • 33 Lessons
  • 200+ topics
  • 90+ videos
  • 100+ practice problems
  • 30+ knowledge checks
  • 3 training badges
  • Dedicated Data Coach
  • Cohort of 20-30 like-minded professionals
  • Data Coach Slack community
  • 1-on-1's with your coach
  • Access to weekly office hours with your Coach
  • One-on-one project review sessions with your Coach

Course Breakdown


  • 16 Lessons
  • Connecting to data
  • Chart Types
  • Filtering
  • Dates
  • Dashboards
  • ... and 10 more lessons!


  • 11 Lessons
  • Joins
  • Tableau Prep Overview
  • Calculations
  • Table Calculations
  • Parameters
  • ... and 7 more lessons!


  • 6 Lessons
  • Reference Lines
  • Sets
  • Level of Detail Calculations
  • Maps and Spatial Analytics
  • Advanced Dashboarding
  • Publishing to Server

Select a Cohort

Select a start date for your Data Coach experience keeping the following in mind:

Begins the first Monday of every month.

Structured content for 8 weeks.

Mentor with your coach once a week

February 2020

Start Date: February 3, 2020

End Date: March 27, 2020

Limited seats remaining.


Alex Christensen
Tableau Certified Trainer

March 2020

Start Date: March 3, 2020

End Date: April 29, 2020

Limited seats remaining.


Alicia Bembenek, PhD
Tableau Expert
Former College Professor

Special Content Preview

Below you’ll find a preview of one of the topics in our lessons. Most lessons consist of videos, text, gifs, pictures, and practice problems. Remember you’ll always have your coach available if you need support. Enjoy the topic below:

Color in Tableau

Tableau adds different colors to marks when you add a field to Color on the Marks card. The colors that are chosen are based on the field’s values.

Discrete Fields
Tableau uses a categorical palette and assigns a color when discrete values are added to the marks card. Categorical palettes should use distinct colors that have no inherent order, such as departments or products. Categorical colors occur when a field is discrete (blue background).

Continuous Fields
Tableau displays either a diverging or sequential color palette when a field with continuous values is added to the the marks card. These colors are typically gradients. Diverging and Sequential colors occur when a field is continuous (green background).


No emphasis on a single mark

1 of 4

Unrelated color for categories

2 of 4

One family of color

3 of 4

Two families of color with a natural mid-point

4 of 4

Practice: Color

Time to test your knowledge of color. Break out the practice workbook you downloaded at the beginning of the lesson and follow along with the practice problems below.

Practice: Categorical Color

Let’s start by building a scatter plot of average discount and profit ratio for sub-category.

General Instructions:
  1. Drag-and-drop [Discount] to the columns shelf. Make sure the aggregate is an average.
  2. Drag-and-drop [Profit Ratio] on the rows shelf.
  3. On the drop-down on marks select circle.
  4. Add [Sub-Category] to Label on marks.
  5. Add [Sales] to the Size button on marks. The aggregate should be sum. Make sure the Size slider is at the first tick to the left.
  6. Add the [Category (Practice)] dimension onto the Color button on the marks card.
  7. Click the color button, then Edit Colors. Select the Nuriel Stone color palette. Assign Furniture as purple, Office Supplies as light teal, and technology as yellow-gold. Hit OK.
  8. Make sure opacity is set to 100% and add a thin, dark-black border around the marks.

Our goal with this plot was to look for any patterns in profit ratio and discount. By coloring by category the hope was we'd be able to put multiple patterns of the data together. When I look at this data I see furniture as less profitable, particularly Tables. In our next visual we'll practice working with graytones.

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