Less than 2 weeks ago, I opened Alteryx Designer for the first time and was overwhelmed by the vast array of tools available. Since then, I passed both the Alteryx Designer Core and Alteryx Designer Advanced certification exams. Today, I will share some of the key tips and tricks that helped me reach my current level in Alteryx and become Alteryx Designer Advanced certified.

Why get Alteryx certified?

Alteryx is a powerful data analytics platform that is user-friendly and highly accessible to people without much knowledge of data analytics. The Alteryx certification exams are designed to test an individual’s abilities to use the tools in Alteryx to their full potential. The Alteryx community is growing rapidly as more companies discover the value of analysing data to make informed business decisions. Being Alteryx certified will certainly prove to be a nice addition to your professional profile.

How to prepare for the Alteryx certification exams?

There are currently 3 Alteryx certification exams available. The Core, Advanced and Expert exams each reflect an increasing level of mastery of Alteryx’s tools. Each certification is a prerequisite for taking the next level exam. There is an Exam Prep resources page for both the Core and Advanced certification exams which provides an overview of the format and assessable contents of each exam, as well as including links to where you can find out more about all of the tools being tested. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to take the Core and Advanced certification exams, to look at the exam prep guides first as I found them to be the most helpful in guiding me to relevant resources.

Interactive Lessons

After familiarising yourself with the relevant exam prep guide, I would suggest checking out the Interactive Lessons page where you can find a quick interactive video tutorial on most of the Alteryx tools that are tested in the certification exams. At the end of each interactive lesson, there will be a short 3 question quiz which I found to be a nice way to reinforce my knowledge on the features of each tool.

Live Training

The Alteryx community also offers a sizeable collection of Live Training videos which covers many of the functions of Alteryx. There is a dedicated video series on Certification Prep for both the Core and Advanced certification exams and I found them especially useful as they covered only the topics and tools that appear in those exams. They can be found in the links below:

Core Certification Prep – Part I
Core Certification Prep – Part II
Core Certification Prep – Part III
Core Certification Prep – Part IV

Advanced Certification Prep – Part I
Advanced Certification Prep – Part II
Advanced Certification Prep – Part III
Advanced Certification Prep – Part IV
Advanced Certification Prep – Part V
Advanced Certification Prep – Part VI

Weekly Challenges

Last but definitely not least, have a go at the Weekly Challenges which allow you to put your knowledge of Alteryx into practice. I found this to be the most important step of certification exam preparation. Both the Core and Advanced certification exams have a practical component that requires you to import a given data set and work with Alteryx’s tools to reach the correct answer. I also noticed that many of the questions in the certification exams would be much easier to understand after you have thoroughly explored the tools inside the Alteryx Designer software.

Get Alteryx certified!

After going through these resources, all of which are available in the Academy section of Alteryx Community, you should be sufficiently prepared to take on the certification exams. If you are completely new to Alteryx, you can sign up for a free 14 day trial to jump straight into this versatile data analytics software. So try it out. You might even get certified before your trial ends.


Jethro Chen
Author: Jethro Chen