Choosing the Best Cognos Training Class for Your Organization


Choosing the right class is best accomplished by determining your role in the organization. To see a list of recommended courses, scroll down to your role and click on the course title(s) you are interested in. Contact us to learn about our 10.x curriculum.

We provide a full Cognos curriculum with classes to match every skill level. And you can get instruction in a way that is best suited to your individual or group learning needs: on-site or virtual classroom instruction, mentoring or self-paced training.  We offer all our courses for private groups, and we can customize the course content. Contact us about private and custom courses. 

Business authors/analysts

Responsible for creating reports for personal use, or limited distribution, based on narrow or case-specific goals. These users typically require a more accessible tool so they can conduct their own analysis without extensive training or involvement from professional authors.

▼ Overview, New Features & Business Authoring

A 1-day course in which students will become proficient navigating and leveraging the valuable capabilities available in Cognos Analytics. The course focuses on the business analyst/casual user who needs to consume and interact with content, conduct self-service data discovery and author simple reports. We will work with data modules, dashboards and reports to create and analyze critical business information. Read full course description.

▼ Self-Service OLAP Data Exploration

A 1-day, course in which students perform self-service authoring and analysis against multi-dimensional data such as Cubes and DMR packages using Cognos Analytics authoring. Read full course description.

Professional author

Responsible for the development of production-ready reports that satisfy sophisticated and varied business requirements.

▼ Professional Report Authoring, Beginning

A 2-day course in which students will build fundamental authoring skills in Cognos Analytics by creating professional reports using lists, charts, crosstabs and maps. Critical techniques such as filtering, prompting, calculations, exception highlighting, drill-through, formatting and advanced layout will be covered. Read full course description.

▼ Professional Report Authoring, Advanced

A 2-day course in which students will expand their authoring skills. It is expected that students attending this class will have attended the two-day Beginning Professional Report Authoring  training or have meaningful experience with building reports in either Cognos Analytics or Report Studio before attending this class. Read full course description.

▼ Dimensional Report Authoring

A 2-day course in which students will create dynamic reports against multidimensional data sources such as Power Cubes, DMR packages and TM1 by using best practices with Report Studio. Students will be exposed to multidimensional expressions, functions and prompting techniques. This course is advanced and should be attended by students with experience building traditional (relational-style) reports in either Cognos Analytics or Report Studio. Read full course description.

▼ New Features for Experienced Authors

A 1-day course that provides the quickest path to mastering the user experience introduced with Cognos Analytics. The class is intended for users with experience developing reports in Cognos BI v10 Report Studio or Cognos Workspace Advanced. The new UX merges functionality and interface features found in the current 10.2 versions of both Report Studio and Cognos Workspace Advanced. Read full course description.

▼ Dashboards, Explorations & Stories

In this 1-day class, students learn how to better communicate data stories and offer up deeper insights. We show how to use drag and drop to create easy to understand, dazzling dashboards, use the AI assistant and create and animate an interactive slide show. Read full course description


Non-technical users or those users transitioning from Cognos BI v10 who want to use existing Cognos reports, conduct self-service data discovery and author simple reports. Assists non-technical users in successfully transitioning to Cognos Analytics and providing exposure to the self-service capabilities.

▼ Overview & New Features Jumpstart

A ½-day course for students with Cognos BI v10 experience who need a jumpstart on Cognos Analytics. Students will be introduced to the valuable capabilities available in this platform. This course offers the business analyst/casual user a concise overview of interacting with content, conducting self-service data discovery and authoring simple reports. We will work with data modules, dashboards and reports to briefly demonstrate these features to build an understanding and basic proficiency. Read full course description.

▼ Self-Service Data Modeling with Data Modules

A 1-day course in which students will upload personal data, join across data sources and test their results in dashboards and reports. This course is a deep-dive into the expanded features of data modules introduced in release 11.1. Read full course description.


Responsible for the installation, configuration and maintenance of Cognos server-level components. Core job responsibilities for a system administrator include: performance optimization, troubleshooting and security administration.

▼ System Administration

A 2-day course that provides a solid foundation for any Cognos system administrator. Read full course description.


Responsible for the design and development of models to support the metadata and OLAP structures used for reporting and analysis of company data.

▼ Framework Manager Metadata Modeling Best Practices

A 3-day course in which students will complete an end-to-end modeling and deployment exercise following best practices. We will work from a relational data source and cover OLAP Over Relational (OOR) or Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR) techniques. OLAP Modeling in Cognos is traditionally done via Cognos Transformer. Read full course description.

▼ OLAP Modeling with Transformer

A 2-day course in which students will create multi-dimensional models, build and deploy PowerCubes, work with advanced modeling techniques and tune the OLAP sources for performance. Read full course description.