Databases are everywhere. From logging into your email to watching YouTube videos, your data and information flow in and out of databases every day. The SQL fundamentals skill path is the perfect opportunity to learn SQL by exploring these interactions with databases and learning new skills. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, you’ll find this interactive course helpful for mastering the fundamentals of SQL and setting yourself up for success.

You'll be performing actual SQL queries with real data from the very beginning — all from the comfort of your browser window.

  • Learn to extract data from almost any database
  • Write and validate real code that will help you filter and analyze large datasets
  • Build repeatable processes that will save you hours of work time

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What You’ll Learn

Chances are, your company stores its data in some form of relational database (almost all companies do). And whether you use Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite, or some other form of SQL-based RDBMS, these systems all "speak" a common language: SQL.

Our introduction to SQL Fundamentals skill path is the perfect way to expand your knowledge and explore databases in detail. From the basics of writing queries to advanced topics on summarizing data, this course content will build a strong foundation for future learning. 

This skill path is also perfect for those who’d like to take the first step in working with SQL before diving deeper. Whatever your reason for learning, you’ll discover best practices for working with SQL while mastering the principles of filtering and sorting data — top skills that hiring managers and employers are actively seeking. 

Here’s a quick look at the skills for this path.

  • Basics of writing SQL queries
  • Filter data with FRONT and LIMIT
  • Write clean, commented SQL code
  • Math skills with SQL
  • Combine data from different tables using join even on complex conditions
  • Filter and sort data with more advanced queries such as if/then expressions
  • Summarize data with SQL
  • Build knowledge of set operators like UNION and EXCEPT
  • Use SELECT cause

Taking a SQL course will enable you to write and run queries to pull the data you want from databases, filter it in any way that you require, and quickly merge data from different tables together to get the results you need. You may already be doing some of this work with spreadsheets, but SQL skills will enable you to do it quicker, especially if you're working with large datasets.

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How Our SQL Fundamentals Skill Path Works

If you enjoy working with excel-based spreadsheets and using VLOOKUP, then you'll love learning SQL. In these introductory courses, you’ll learn SQL queries through hands-on learning. Our courses are designed so that you can start from scratch — no prior experience with SQL, programming, or statistics is required! We don’t teach like other online schools or coding bootcamps. No more long videos, boring lectures, or looking through endless resources to learn new skills. 

You'll learn SQL by doing, writing real queries to acquire, filter, and analyze data from real SQL databases. Then you'll synthesize your learning with guided projects you can showcase on your resume!

You’re never alone in your studies. Should you need help or have any questions, our support tools and our amazing community are here to help.

Overall, the skill path will take about 20 hours to complete. Here’s a quick glance at the flow of this skill path:

  • This skill path consists of the four courses listed below, which cover all of the SQL fundamentals you need to know.
  • You’ll write real code and answer dozens of practice problems to validate and apply your new skills.
  • You can opt to view a hint designed to help you with your current task. These hints won't give you the answer; they're just there to nudge you in the right direction.
  • At the end of the course, you’ll complete a guided project to enhance your resume and further reinforce your new knowledge.
  • These are SQL certification courses. Meaning, upon completion of each course, we’ll issue a certificate as proof of your hard work that you can then share with your professional network.
  • After completing the entire skill path, you’ll understand the fundamental framework of SQL. More advanced SQL and data science courses are available if you want to keep learning!
  • Engage with the community, get feedback on your project, and keep building.

SQL Fundamentals Skill Path Course List

Introduction to SQL and Databases
Learn the basics of SQL and start writing queries. You'll learn about the SELECT clause, do some math with SQL, dig into databases, filter data with FROM and LIMIT, and learn to write clean, commented SQL code.

Filtering and Sorting Data in SQL
Take your SQL skills to the next level with more advanced queries, learning to filter data with various operators, use if/then expressions, and more!

Summarizing Data in SQL
Start writing the kinds of complex, real-world SQL queries you'll need to make a major impact at your job!

Combining Tables in SQL
Learn how to combine data from different tables. Learn about different kinds of joins, about set operators like UNION and EXCEPT, and how to join on complex conditions.

SQL Subqueries
Learn how to nest a query inside another query, how and when to use different types of subqueries, how to use common table expressions, and how to scale your project with complex queries.

Who Is This SQL Fundamentals Skill Path for?

Many well-known companies rely on SQL, including Microsoft, NTT Data, Dell, and Accenture. It’s also vital for data scientists, software developers, analysts, and many other roles. Our SQL course path is designed for total beginners, so there are no prerequisites! Even if you've never written a line of code before, you can dive in and start learning. 

Whether you’re working with data in your current job or looking to become more efficient at working with large data sets for your personal endeavors, this course is for you. The possibilities are endless!