SQL for Beginners

  • Program details
  • Dates and time: 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesdays: March 2 – April 27; (March 16 spring break)
  • Location: Online, instructor-led live sessions
  • Number of sessions: Eight sessions over nine weeks
  • Instructional fee: $995
  • Format: Zoom videoconference

This certificate program provides an introduction to relational database systems using MySQL. Many of the concepts conferred will be transferable to other database technologies. No previous knowledge of database systems is required.

Students are encouraged to bring their own data or project ideas to class sessions. These will be used throughout the program to fuel practical implementations of the concepts learned in class. Data may take any format, such as excel, csv, xml, and others. During the program, students will take their own data and convert it into a relational database with a web-based frontend.

What you will learn

Students who complete the certificate program will be able to:

  • Understand the general methods and theories of database design
  • Apply relational database methods and theories to practical real-world problems
  • Connect a web frontend to a backend relational database

Meetings and format

The course consists of Zoom videoconference meetings with live instruction. To attend via Zoom, students will need a computer with webcam and microphone and high-speed internet.

Each Zoom session allows for live interactions with the instructor and other students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Assignments and other a materials will be available online through a web-based learning management system.

The class meets 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday every week.


The instructional fee is $995, including a nonrefundable administrative fee of $75. See registration for details.

Who should attend

Working professionals, engineers, managers and those moving into a database role or whose role has expanded to include database technologies, including those who wish to utilize relational database technologies in their own area of work. See Requirements for eligibility.


Ben McCamish received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University and is currently scholarly assistant professor at WSU Vancouver. His research areas include databases and information retrieval using game theory techniques to improve dynamic database effectiveness. Some of the related courses he teaches include Introduction to Databases and Information Retrieval. He also serves on the WSU Data Analytics Curriculum Committee.