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Like you, I was also new to Alteryx last spring/summer, and I had no prior experience with Alteryx.
It took me about 200 to 250 hours of studying to pass the Core Exam, which I did after a few attempts. I am not saying it will take you that much time, but I would allow at least 175 hours, as the Core Exam does test a lot of details.
If you wish to pursue the Core certification, definitely do not get discouraged if you do not pass the Core Exam on the first attempt. I needed more than one, myself.
HI @asilverstone22. Welcome to the Alteryx community! I agree with the assessment that it takes about 200 hours to really prepare for the Core Certification Exam, however most of this should be using Alteryx and not just studying. The best place to start is the Interactive Lessons, then work through some of the Weekly Challenges, starting with the beginner challenges. The exam gets very in depth on the tools in the first five types (In/Out, Preparation, Join, Parse, and Transform), so really get to know those tools well. Good luck and have fun learning Alteryx!