SAS SQL 1: Essentialsr

This course teaches you how to process SAS data using Structured Query Language (SQL).

This course can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s): SAS Advanced Programming Exam for SAS 9.

  • query and subset data
  • summarize and present data
  • combine tables, including complex joins and merges
  • create and modify table views and indexes
  • replace multiple DATA and PROC steps with one SQL query.


Before attending this class, you should be able to

  • submit SAS programs on your operating system
  • create and access SAS data sets
  • use arithmetic, comparison, and logical operators
  • invoke SAS procedures.

Course Outline


  • overview of SAS Foundation
  • course logistics
  • course data files
  • introducing the Structured Query Language

Basic Queries 

  • overview of the SQL procedure
  • specifying columns
  • specifying rows

Displaying Query Results 

  • presenting data
  • summarizing data

SQL Joins 

  • introduction to SQL joins
  • inner joins
  • outer joins
  • complex SQL joins


  • noncorrelated subqueries
  • in-line views

Set Operators 

  • introduction to set operators
  • the UNION operator
  • the OUTER UNION operator
  • the EXCEPT operator
  • the INTERSECT operator

Creating Tables and Views 

  • creating tables with the SQL procedure
  • creating views with the SQL procedure

Advanced PROC SQL Features 

  • dictionary tables and views
  • using SQL procedure options
  • interfacing PROC SQL with the macro language

Learning More 

  • SAS resources
  • beyond this course