Academic programmes

Tableau for Teaching

Teach data skills across all disciplines and levels in your classroom for free.

We're on a mission to create a data-literate world

Since 2011, Tableau's academic programmes have enabled more than 1.9 million students and teachers from accredited institutions around the world, across disciplines, with critical data skills. Tableau for Teaching (TfT) offers complimentary software, learning resources and curricula to help instructors teach data skills that are essential in today’s global economy. Get started today by requesting your free 1 year licence!

Software offerings

We offer instructors at accredited, degree-granting, academic institutions free access to our software. Always renewable, always free, forever. Please submit proof (faculty webpages, course syllabi, appointment letters, etc.) that you’re actively teaching to receive your licences. Check out our FAQ for more information.

Instructor licence

A personal licence for learning Tableau and teaching it in the classroom

Student bulk licence

A classroom licence requested by the instructor for their students to learn Tableau

  • Duration: Length of course (typically 3-6 months) **Request a new licence for each new iteration of your course
  • Products: Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder
  • One key with multiple activations for number of students in course
  • Note: Does not include eLearning. Students can access eLearning individually through our Tableau for Students programme. This licence can be used for part-time students.
  • Request here

Lab bulk licence

A campus licence used to deploy Tableau across university-owned computers

  • Duration: One year (renewable)
  • Products: Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder
  • One key with multiple activations (max 2000)
  • Note: Not to be downloaded on personal machines; shared devices only.
  • Request here

Tableau Cloud site

A cloud-based workspace for instructors and students to collaborate

  • Duration: One year (renewable)
  • Product: Tableau Cloud
  • 100 seats that instructors can subscribe students to via email address
  • Note: This offering is limited to one active site per year. 
  • Perks: Works on any device (Linux, Chromebooks, iPad. etc.) & no download required
  • Request here

Researcher licence

A personal licence for conducting non-commercial academic research

  • Duration: One year (renewable)
  • Products: Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder
  • Can be activated on two separate devices
  • Note: You must fit within our research criteria to be eligible. Read the FAQ for more details.
  • Request here

Ready-made curricula

We offer complimentary ready-made courses and modules across a breadth of subjects, including a guide to Tableau Cloud, data visualisation and more. Courses include lecture slides, homework assignments, discussion board activities, Tableau demos, conversion to online tips and test banks. All content can be tailored to fit your class.

NEW! Health and Healthcare Data Visualisation course is now available.

Already have a licence? Join our Tableau for Teaching user group to share resources, access curricula and connect.

Enable and certify


Tableau eLearning is web-based training you can consume at your own pace. Courses are interactive and designed to help you learn Tableau regardless of skill level. Students and instructors have free access to all of our eLearning. Your students can earn badges that they can share on a CV. Receive access to all eLearning modules after being approved for an instructor licence.  


Industry-known certifications are an invaluable addition to a CV. Tableau’s Desktop Specialist certification exam is an entry-level certification that tests the basic functionality of Tableau Desktop and helps users leverage the Tableau certification portfolio. Students and instructors can receive a special academic discount for our Tableau Desktop Specialist certification exam after being verified through our programmes, Tableau for Students and Tableau for Teaching. Interested in purchasing this entry-level exam in bulk for your programme? Send us an email.

Inspiration for instructors to learn, teach and certify.

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Data literacy for all

Learn foundational skills to jump-start your data journey

Learn data skills fundamentals with this free online training programme. This self-paced course will teach you how to explore, understand and communicate with data. Training covers key topics, including statistics, understanding data types and communicating with data.

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