How do I get Data Warehouse Training?

V. Saxena

Data warehouse training can best be achieved by obtaining a formal education in computer information systems technology. Another, but less optimal, option is to take non-degree database classes. The risk here though is that the student may miss out courses considered prerequisites for employment in the information technology (IT) industry. Many employers also favor college-educated candidates for this position.

Data warehouse training is an excellent option for people seeking a long-term and successful career.
Data warehouse training is an excellent option for people seeking a long-term and successful career.

There are many skills, both IT and business related, that are essential for database warehouse training. IT skills include a thorough understanding of database administration, data modeling, different operating systems, metadata management, and expert-level familiarity with database languages such as SQL and ETL. Students pursuing a career in data warehousing also need to possess conceptual and analytical skills related to business intelligence, such as the ability to translate business needs into viable technical solutions. This means being able to work with both business professionals who aren’t technically savvy, and database administrators who thrive on technical jargon.

In-field experience is a crucial aspect to data warehouse training.
In-field experience is a crucial aspect to data warehouse training.

Another pivotal aspect to data warehouse training is in-field experience. Most employers will not hire database warehouse specialists directly out of college. Graduates must work in the background as entry-level database analysts for at least five years before they will be considered for a position as a data warehouse architect. During this training period, people should focus on learning how to manage maintenance procedures, schedules, and work processes; how to design and develop databases that meet IT requirements; and how to integrate business intelligence into the enterprise data model.

Individuals pursuing data warehouse training should also look into acquiring third-party certifications. The Certified Business Intelligent Professional (CBIP) certification, for instance, is the world's most credible program for those studying business intelligence and data warehousing.

The CBIP credential is considered this industry's most credible certification program. It can be obtained from the Data Warehouse Institution, and it covers all the core concepts of data warehousing including databases, data mining, and best practices with various data warehousing software. There are other less organizations and vendors that offer such certification programs, but many employers prefer CBIP certification.

Using databases for managing complex business information is rapidly increasing. Data warehouse training is an excellent option for students seeking a long-term and successful career. As technology advances and becomes more complicated, the training required to become a data warehouse architect or manager will also increase. This means continuing education classes are often part of a data warehouse manager's architect's career.

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I work in a data warehouse and one of my primary responsibilities is to work with the metadata. For the laymen, out there, metadata is information about information. It is kind of like the label that tells you what you are looking at. But when you are dealing with millions and billions of pieces of information, you have to label things according to a complicated system.

My company actually sends me to training several times a year to stay up with the latest trends and advances in the field of metadata. It is one of those fields that is bigger and different every single year. A good background in metadata can be a great data warehouse tool for anyone trying to get a job in the industry.


It is definitely worth it to get a full four year degree from an accredited university rather than trying to rely solely on a supplementary education that has to do with databases. That is kind of like trying to become a brain surgeon without knowing how the rest of the body works.

I had some experience with data warehouse concepts and even some data warehouse architecture. But when I tried to get a job I found that every place wanted me to have a bachelors degree, regardless of my previous experience. Education really is everything even if it's just a piece of paper you hang on the wall.

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