Excel 3: Dashboards, Power Pivot, Power Query & More

Become a more efficient Excel user and learn the most powerful features that the program has to offer in this advanced course.


December 13, 2018


8:00am - 5:00pm

Registration fee includes tuition, course materials, parking, breakfast, and lunch.

This class is part of the Excel Certificate Program.


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Must take Excel 2 before taking this class.

This is an advanced Excel class. Participants must have prior Excel experience in Pivot Tables.

This course is designed for PC users and uses Microsoft Excel 2016 Pro. A limited quantity of laptops are available to borrow.

About the Program

Whether Excel is a daily part of your business or just occasionally used for a quick spreadsheet project, users often find themselves spending hours trying to answer the question, “I know there’s a way to do this in Excel, but how?” Become a more efficient Excel user and learn the most powerful features that the program has to offer in this one-day, advanced course. Highly interactive and hands-on, you will spend the entire time using Excel while an expert trainer walks you through demonstrations and exercises.

Topics Covered:

  • Moving from Spreadsheets to Dashboards
  • Beyond Tables and Charts
  • Creating Advanced Dashboard Elements
  • Automating Dashboards
  • Working with the Outside World (Databases)
  • Power Pivot:  Pivot Tables on Steroids
  • Power Query:  Downloading data for Business Intelligence (BI)


Participants should have a very strong working knowledge of Excel and be comfortable with advanced functions. This course is not designed for beginner users. Participants must take Excel 2 before taking this class.


David Ravetch has been a UCLA faculty member for over thirty years and is well recognized for his passion for teaching.

David Ravetch teaches Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Special Topics in Accounting, and Applications in Excel and Mathematics for Management. He is also involved with MBA Programs at UCLA and UCSD. He has taught intensive Mathematics, Statistics, Excel and Accounting workshops geared towards preparing incoming MBA students for the rigorous quantitative challenges of these programs.

David Ravetch has won numerous teaching awards. He has been named Favorite Accounting Instructor, as voted by the accounting students, as well as, Most Recommended Instructor, as voted by students, campus wide. In the spring of 1995, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Committee on Accounting Education awarded David Ravetch their Faculty Merit Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching.

When David first began teaching at UCLA, the current Undergraduate Accounting program was in its infancy stages and UCLA was not yet a major contender for recruitment efforts by the International Accounting Firms. In the fall of 1995, under the guidance and direction of David, the Accounting Minor was the first approved minor at UCLA. David was named as the Director of the Undergraduate Accounting Program by the Anderson School. He served as the Director of the Undergraduate Accounting Program for seven years. David was also the faculty advisor for the Student Accounting Society from 1985 to 2002. Today, the UCLA Accounting Minor is recognized as one of the strongest Undergraduate Accounting Programs and UCLA graduates are heavily recruited by the International Accounting Firms.

David has always been focused on the success of his students, both academically and professionally. David is currently researching a new method of teaching Intermediate Accounting, utilizing a cutting-edge case-study format. This format has assisted students in better understanding financial statements, as well as in developing research, presentation, and evaluation skills that enable them to be more effective in their professional careers.

In addition to his love of teaching, David has a passion for music. He plays the piano, guitar, and clarinet. He has written many musicals: musicals for children and musicals about the public accounting profession which have been performed at the annual UCLA Accounting Awards banquets. David has developed a series of lectures which illustrates how well-known classical themes are used in film, television, pop music, and Broadway.


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.