Get started using Dataverse

Functional Consultant
Dynamics 365
Microsoft Power Platform
Microsoft Dataverse
Power Apps

Do you want to learn how to build solutions that can leverage a standardized data structure and work with other solutions sharing the same data model? Do you want to extend the standard model to support custom solutions? This learning path will explain the concepts behind and benefits of Dataverse. Creating an environment, entities, fields and options sets are also discussed.

This learning path can help you prepare for the Microsoft Certified: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker Associate certification.


Many of the capabilities and exercises within this learning path require you to be a member of the Administrator Role in an environment and you must have a valid Power Apps license. If you have not been added to the Administrator Role or do not have Power Apps license assigned to you, you should create a personal environment by accessing the Community Power Apps plan and setting up a personal environment by following the directions referenced in the summary section of the first module. The Community plan will allow you to use one environment (your Developer environment), create an instance of Dataverse and access all capabilities of a Power Apps license.

Restrictions - The Community Power Apps plan lets you try out aspects of Power Apps and Dataverse but you cannot use it for productions solutions and you cannot publish and share any Power Apps you create in this environment.

Modules in this learning path

Learn about the basics of Dataverse and explore ways you can connect and customize data connections to Microsoft Power Platform applications.

An environment is a space to store, manage, and share your organization's business data that is stored within an instance of a Dataverse database. You can set up one or many environments, depending on the needs of your organization. This module explores these environments and how you can use them with instances of Dataverse databases.

Dataverse lets you securely store and manage data that's used by business applications. Standard and custom tables within Dataverse provide a secure and cloud-based storage option for your data.

Dataverse tables are similar to tables in a database. Every instance of a Dataverse database includes a base set of tables that provide structure for data that is commonly used by business applications.

Do you want to create new data columns or use existing standardized columns for your business solutions? This module will show you how to manage or create new columns within a table in Dataverse.

Do you want to create standardized choice lists that you can use across all of your Power Apps? This module will show you how to create new or use standard choice lists called choices in Dataverse.

Dataverse lets you load data into or export tables from other tables by using Microsoft Excel. You can also create views to quickly review data that is stored within a table.

Do you need to connect to data that isn't tabular? This module will help with that. It includes discussion of action-based connectors, Flow, and user data.