Course Overview

This training course builds upon the basic framework of workspace creation in FME Desktop. The course covers topics that are commonly used by all workspace authors who wish to take their FME skills to the next level.

Course Structure

The full course is made up of five sections. These sections are:

  • Advanced Attribute Handling
  • Advanced Workspace Design
  • Advanced Reading/Writing
  • Advanced Parameter Use
  • Custom Transformers

Course Length

The instructor may choose to cover as many of these sections as they feel are required, or possible in the time permitted. They may also cover the course content in a different order and will skip or add new content to better customize the course to your needs.

Therefore the length and content of the course may vary, particularly when delivered online.

Safe Software offers training in various lengths, but usually either two days or five days. Both courses cover the same content. The two-day course runs over fewer, but longer, days and is more intense. The five-day course runs over more, but shorter, days and allows a little more time to cover the content from a beginner's perspective.


This training material is intended for persons with some prior experience of using FME. The content assumes a basic familiarity with the concepts and practices of FME Desktop; at least to the extent covered by the FME Desktop Basic Training.

In particular, it would be helpful to be familiar with:

  • FME transformers and basic transformation techniques
    • See the "Data Transformation" chapter of the Basic Training
  • Basic workspace design including multiple Readers and Writers and use of FeatureReader/FeatureWriter
    • See the "Workspace Design" chapter of the Basic Training
  • Data filtering and attribute management techniques in FME Workbench
    • See the "Practical Transformer Use" chapter of the Basic Training

About the Manual

The FME Desktop Advanced Training manual not only forms the basis for advanced FME Desktop training – in-person or online – but is also useful reference material for future work you may undertake with FME. It is updated for each major release of FME.

All screenshots in these materials were taken using FME on Windows Server 2016. The fonts used (especially in screenshots of the log window) may be resized or otherwise changed for improved legibility.

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