Postgresql Admin & Developer Training 

Postgresql is rapidly replacing the traditional go-to databases in the enterprise space for workloads from the traditional back-end store for enterprise applications to big data workloads for machine learning and AI.

Postgresql implements and extends the SQL standard and has become a data platform with a rich feature set that allows developers and engineers to create solutions that simply are not possible on traditional databases.

Replacing existing databases or using Postgresql as a foundation for your application requires resources with skills in

  • Postgresql database administration (dba) and,
  • Postgresql development with knowledge of APIs, unique data types, and extensions


Postgresql Database Administration

To effectively leverage Postgresql you need to know

  • how to monitor and maintain a healthy cluster,
  • how to set up replication and backups.
  • how to perform backups and point-in-time restores,
  • understand popular extensions and their usage,
  • and more.

See our Postgresql  Database Administration training course for more details.

Postgresql Developer Training

To get the most out of the rich Postgresql API, features, and extensions developers need to know how to:

  • write optimised psql procedures,
  • install, use and create extensions,
  • write procedures in your preferred language,
  • define new data types,
  • define new functions,
  • leverage unique data types such as json, xml and hstore

See our Postgresql Developer training course outline for more details.

Postgresql Administrator Training

Essential skills for a Postgresql administrator include the ability to optimise data storage, and locations, improve query performance via index management and query plan analysis as well as setting up a robust backup policy and implementing replication. All of these skills are covered in our Postgresql database administrator course.

Whether you have database admin experience in another database or are new to database administration, this course will provide you with the skills you need to successfully manage your Postgresql cluster.

Is anything missing in the course outline that you want to be covered? Let us know. We are happy to customise our courses to suit your needs. For pricing and details please see the Postgresql administrator training page on our main site.

Introduction to PostgreSQL

  • A Brief History of PostgreSQL
  • Installation
  • Architectural Fundamentals
  • Using the psql terminal-based client
Advanced SQL
  • Views
  • Sequences
  • Transactions
  • Window Functions
  • Inheritance


  • Multicolumn Indexes
  • Indexes and ORDER BY
  • Combining Multiple Indexes
  • Unique Indexes
  • Indexes on Expressions
  • Partial Indexes
  • Setting up a Partial Index to Exclude Common Values
  • Setting up a Partial Index to Exclude Uninteresting Values
  • Setting up a Partial Unique Index
  • Operator Classes and Operator Families
  • Examining Index Usage
  • Full Text Search

Transaction Isolation and Concurrency

  • SQL Transaction Isolation Levels
  • Read Committed Isolation Level
  • Serializable Isolation Level
  • Serializable Isolation versus True Serializability
  • Explicit Locking
  • Table-Level Locks
  • Table-level lock modes
  • Conflicting lock modes
  • Row-Level Locks
  • Deadlocks
  • Advisory Locks
  • Using EXPLAIN

Server Set-up and Operation

  • The PostgreSQL User Account
  • Creating a Database Cluster
  • Starting the Database Server
  • Server Start-up Failures
  • Client Connection Problems
  • Shutting Down the Server
  • Server Configuration
  • Setting Parameters
  • File Locations

Backup & Fail Over

  • Backing up Postgresql
  • Replication (log shipping)
  • Read replicas
  • Hot standbys and failover


  • Preventing Server Spoofing
  • Encryption Options
  • Secure TCP/IP Connections with SSL
  • Using client certificates
  • SSL Server File Usage
  • Creating a Self-Signed Certificate
  • Connections and Authentication
  • Connection Settings
  • Security and Authentication

Resource Consumption

  • Memory
  • Kernel Resource Usage
  • Cost-Based Vacuum Delay
  • Background Writer
  • Asynchronous Behaviour
  • Write Ahead Log
  • Settings
  • Checkpoints
  • Archiving/ Log shipping
  • Point-in-time-recovery
  • Query Planning
  • Planner Method Configuration
  • Planner Cost Constants
  • Genetic Query Optimizer
  • Other Planner Options

Error Reporting and Logging

  • Where To Log
  • When To Log
  • Message severity levels
  • What To Log
  • Using CSV-Format Log Output
  • Run-Time Statistics
  • Query and Index Statistics Collector
  • Statistics Monitoring

Postgresql Developer Training

Postgresql can best be described as a database platform rather than a database server. For decades developers have been taught to create database-independent applications, programming to the most widely implemented SQL standard. With a commercial database, this was a sound approach to avoid vendor lock-in even though many of the benefits of database-specific functionality were given up.

With Postgresql, this is now no longer a constraint. Postgresql is feature-rich, offering many extension and integration points that afford developers the opportunity to create truly unique applications and solutions.

Is anything missing in the course outline that you want to be covered? Let us know. We are happy to customise our courses to suit your needs. For pricing details on Postgresql developer training please see our main site.

Course Outline

  • Installing & managing PostgreSQL
  • Overview of PostgreSQL database
  • Using the psql client
  • Understanding PostgreSQL data types
    • Numeric data types
      • Integer data types
      • Floating point types
      • Serial types
    • Character types
    • Binary data types
    • Date & time values
    • Boolean values
    • Array types
    • Other data types
  • Understanding sequences
  • Creating & managing indexes
    • Understanding PostgreSQL indexes
    • Partial indexes
    • Indexes on expressions
  • Using COPY to load data
  • Working with Array Values
  • Advanced SQL Functions
    • Using Common Table Expressions (CTE)
    • Using Window Functions
    • Using Regular Expressions
    • Using Recursive Queries
    • Writing functions with PL/pgSQL
  • Writing triggers & stored procedures with PL/pgSQL
    • Variables in procedures
    • Performing loop operations
    • The PERFORM and EXECUTE statements
    • Triggers in PostgreSQL
  • Using the PostgreSQL query optimiser
    • Analyzing & optimizing queries
    • Viewing execution plans with EXPLAIN
    • Understanding PostgreSQL query operators
  • Improving query performance
  • Foreign Data Wrappers

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