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6 - Meteoroid

Hello everyone!

My name is Sara, I am a business intelligence analyst. 
I have been working on Alteryx Designer since last April, it took me sometime to get familiar with the interface and the tools, but once I got used to it I kicked off my journey within the designer and was nothing but a super exciting and interesting experience so far and am loving it!

With practice you kind of get hooked on and start feeling eager to discover the tools more by each use!

On a side note, I was thinking of taking the designer core exam, any tips on how I should prepare beside referring to the prep guide?


Many thanks!


Alteryx Alumni (Retired)



Thanks so much for introducing yourself to the community! There seems to be a running thread of people being overwhelmed til Designer clicks, then wanting to deep dive into everything about it. The Core Exam is a great next step for you to take, there's the official prep guide that you mentioned, but you might also want to check out @rockyw9's blog on how he passed his Core Certification Exam within a few short weeks of using the software.  If anyone else has more resources, definitely share them in the thread!

Will Machin
Community Management Team Lead
16 - Nebula
16 - Nebula

Welcome to the Community @SaraJikat !  Your story is very familiar to a lot of us.  Once you start building out processes with Alteryx and it "clicks", you are 100% addicted!!  Might I suggest taking a stab at some of the Weekly Challenges ?  They are without a doubt one of the absolute best ways to hone your Alteryx skills.  And do yourself a favor - bookmark the Tool Mastery Index which takes a deep dive into many of the tools!


15 - Aurora
15 - Aurora

Hi @SaraJikat, welcome to the Alteryx Community, and best wishes for the Designer Core exam! The pointers suggested by folks on this thread are definitely a great way to prepare for the exam, but my input would be to just enjoy the experience. Exams for my generally generate anxiety but I remember feeling excited about the Designer Core exam, felt like solving a puzzle at a rapid pace.

15 - Aurora

hey @SaraJikat 

Its been a month since this post, just wondering how you are finding Alteryx so far? 
Have you managed to give the core exam a crack yet? Remember that you can take it again in 7 days time if you fail with no other consequence, so definitely give it a go if you feel ready!

Be sure to have a look around the community - its really a fantastic place for learning. A couple of resources I would especially recommend knowing about are:

  • Alteryx Designer Discussions - A place where users can ask questions about specific Designer workflows they are working on, and receive help from members on the community. Typical response time (from what I've seen) is under 10 minutes for someone to reply with a potential solution, so its a very quick resource for bespoke information. Additionally, you can search using the search function at the top right for specific issues if you happen to run into any that may have been faced by other users before.
  • Alteryx User Groups - When I first got into Alteryx, I didn't join User Groups as I thought they would be very technical and that I would need plenty of experience before diving in. However, they really aren't. User groups are an incredibly friendly environment to discuss workflows, what's going on in the Alteryx World, and a great place to network with people in the community. Even better, with the world still being very much virtual at the moment, most of the User Groups (including the North East UK User Group, which I am currently a leader of) are hosting virtual events so they are easy to join.
  • The Alteryx Academy - Easily the best place to learn about Alteryx and how to use it. I would especially recommend the learning paths which include short snippets of learning specific topics, including Alteryx for Excel users, which helped me translate a lot of my Excel knowledge over to Alteryx. There are also the weekly challenges, which are challenges delivered by Alteryx on a weekly basis, based around real-life situations and community submitted problems. They are a fantastic way to learn practical uses of Designer, and also its really interesting to see the many different approaches to answering the same problem. Once you have progressed with learning Alteryx, I would definitely recommend the Alteryx Certifications. They are free to do (Core and Advanced), and provide a useful benchmark for your knowledge. You can also just take them again in 7 days, in the case that you don't pass, so don't feel any pressure to know everything before you give them a go!


I hope you find Alteryx to be easy to learn, and intuitive to use. Do remember that almost every tool has an example workflow and help documentation if you right click the tool in the tool palette:

("Help" for the tool documentation, "Open Example" for the example workflow). 

And be sure to search for/ask for help on the community if you get stuck. Alternatively, feel free to drop me a message here on the community!


6 - Meteoroid

Hi @TheOC!

So far so good, am constantly learning new things as I work on new cases.

Thankfully, I have passed the exam 2 weeks ago with a high mark!


Thank you for the tips!

15 - Aurora

hey @SaraJikat 

Thats fantastic! I didn't see it on your Alteryx Community profile, be sure to contact if this is a mistake. Typically it shows up on your profile after 48 hours or so.


Congrats on the result, and ofcourse for learning new things 😁



12 - Quasar

@SaraJikat  Welcome to the community and best wishes for your designer core exam .