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At the beginning of January, we shared the news that changes were coming to the Designer Core Certification exam. Well, the time has come, and the update is now live on the Certifications page. 


The updated version of the Core exam will feel similar, but there are a few new areas of focus and a shift in the assessment type. There are still practical application questions, but now there is content to assess a user's ability to collaborate well with others and run efficient workflows. There are also fewer questions about the specifics of Designer’s features and more questions aimed at ensuring a user is ready to pull in data and build a workflow that runs with few errors.   


The new exam blueprint is included at the bottom of this blog and provides more details about the changes. The updated Exam Prep Guide outlines what is covered. As always, the exam is free, online, on-demand, and open-book.    


If you have any questions, please contact the Certification Team at  




Core Blueprint




% of the Exam 

I.     General Designer Knowledge and Optimization 


II.    Input/Output Data and Preparation 


III.   Blend Data and Parse 


IV.  Transform Data 






  1. General Designer Knowledge and Optimization – 13%  
    1. Use Designer search and resources (e.g. Community, one tool examples, submitting support cases)  
    2. Navigate the user interface  
    3. Identify Alteryx native file formats  
    4. Share and export workflows  
    5. Optimize workflows by reducing run time and collaborate using documentation tools. 
  2. Input/Output Data and Preparation – 36%  
    1. Read and write data (e.g. create text input, navigate data connections, input/output data options)
    2. Interpret common data types
    3. Cleanse data using the Data Cleansing tool
    4. Build formulas (e.g. reference formulas, conditional statements, indexes) 
    5. Filter and arrange data using the following tools: Select, Select Records, Sort, Filter, Unique, Sample
  3. Blend Data and Parse – 26%  
    1. Perform unions, joins, and appends  
    2. Leverage the Find and Replace tools  
    3. Convert data string formats to and from date formats  
    4. Delimit data with the Text To Columns tool  
    5. Troubleshoot (e.g. duplication within joins, incompatible data types, mismatched fields)
  4. Transform Data – 25%  
    1. Apply the Summarize tool
    2. Configure the Transpose tool
    3. Apply the Cross Tab Tool (e.g. grouping data, methods of aggregation)
    4. Identify when to use the Transpose and Cross Tab tools in tandem 
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Thanks for sharing the update!