Skills by Tableau License Type
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License type defines the features and functionality available when using Tableau products. In large deployments, learning paths defined in Skills by Tableau Education Role are a best practice. In smaller deployments, however, users may act in many different organizational roles, and determining skills needed by license type may be sufficient.
We list education resources aligned to Tableau licenses here. Free resources supplement the formal training that helps to build a holistic, foundational understanding of the platform. Organizations that wish to collate free resources to build their own training curriculum may do so; however, we recommend comparing the resources required to develop and maintain an internal education program versus using Tableau Education. In addition to being actively managed and consistently updated by Tableau, Tableau Education classes prepare users for Tableau product certification exams .
Tableau Creator Skills
Users with Tableau Creator licenses have access to the entire Tableau platform to analyze data and to build content for themselves and their organizations. These users perform tasks that range from basic analysis to using Tableau's advanced functionality to inform business decisions.
Resources for Tableau Creators include:
- Free Data Literacy for All
- eLearning for the Creator
- Desktop I Classroom Course
- Desktop II Classroom Course
- Desktop III Classroom Course
- Prep Classroom Course
- Visual Analytics Classroom Course
Additional ancillary skills can be beneficial. For example, the following general competencies required to be a Tableau Creator can be summarized as:
- General data knowledge — How to connect to and prepare data, general data structures, joins, and basic SQL.
- Analytics best practices — Generating data questions, data visualization, data storytelling.
- Business knowledge — Familiarity with the business challenges and metrics monitored by business leaders.
- Design fundamentals — Layout/design of dashboards, infographics, and other graphical documents.
Most Server Administrators and Site Administrators also have Creator licenses. They are responsible for installing, administering and maintaining servers and server sites used at their organizations. They are responsible for security, performance, governance, and scalability for their users.
Resources for Tableau Site or Server Administrators include:
Other ancillary knowledge needed for Server Administrators, which are defined in more detail in Tableau Deployment:
- Scripting for automation
- Command line interfaces and APIs
- Server sizing and topology
- Network infrastructure and protocols
Tableau Explorer Skills
Users with Tableau Explorer licenses author simple visualizations through the web, navigate Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud environments, and understand the principles for creating effective views with data. Resources for Tableau Explorers include:
Additional ancillary skills can be beneficial for Explorers, such as:
- Analytics best practices – Generating data questions, data visualization, data storytelling
- Business knowledge — Familiarity with the business challenges and metrics monitored by business leaders
- Design fundamentals — Layout/design of dashboards, infographics, and other graphical documents
Tableau Viewer Skills
Users with Tableau Viewer licenses navigate Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud environments, read various chart types, and know how to interact with visualizations.
Resources for Tableau Viewers include: