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Classroom training -  Access Developers

Classroom Training

Microsoft Access Developers

Available as classroom training course only

£795 + VAT for most venues (£895 + VAT for London)

3 days

The first (and most important) part of any Access database is getting the design right, which is where this 3-day course begins. You'll learn about primary keys and relationships, and find out how to create an Access database consisting of multiple linked tables.

The course then goes on to show how to create queries (to display data from one or more tables) and a front-end to your system, using forms, reports and the VBA coding language.

If you've been given the job of creating an Access database - and you're not sure where to start - this is the course for you!

We don't have any dates scheduled for this course, but we may well consider adding them - it's always worth asking.

Alternatively, you could enquire about running the course in your office or even (if available) as a tailored online course.

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

Designing a database

  • Identifying the tables
  • What are relationships?
  • Setting a primary key
  • Using multivalue fields

Creating tables

  • Defining fields
  • The types of field
  • Entering data

Different field types

  • Creating attachments
  • Rich text format fields
  • Date fields (using calendars)
  • Calculated fields

Importing data

  • Importing from Excel
  • Making tables from Excel

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Table rules

  • Record-level validation
  • Basic triggers

Drawing relationships

  • Creating relationships
  • Referential integrity

Creating queries

  • The query design grid
  • Sorting
  • Setting criteria
  • Combining criteria

Advanced queries

  • Grouping and totalling
  • Creating expressions
  • Parameter queries


  • Creating ad hoc joins
  • Types of join

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Crosstab queries

  • Columns, rows and values
  • Overriding column headings

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Action queries

  • Making tables
  • Updating records
  • Appending records
  • Deleting records

Creating forms

  • Layout and design view
  • Using the form wizard
  • Split forms
  • Creating controls

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Advanced controls

  • Multitabs
  • Webbrowser controls
  • Navigation bars

Creating reports

  • Using the report wizard
  • The group, sort and total pane
  • Report design

Creating subforms

  • Multiple item forms
  • Creating subforms
  • Tidying up subforms

Basic VBA coding

  • Creating modules
  • Using Project Explorer
  • Writing comments
  • Indenting code

Uses of VBA

  • Form validation
  • Criteria forms
  • A simple menu system

You do not need to have used Access before to attend this course, although you should be a confident computer user.

Why Choose Us?

Sample customer feedback

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts (note that some of these reviews may be for our online courses).

"Everything was well thought through. Clean laptop! Content excellent, skills easy to apply to role. Trainer very flexible and made us feel welcome. An excellent learning environment."

Daniel Rowan (Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG))

"Excellent course. Very good pace and examples."

Colin Halliday (North West Ambulance Service)

"Good pace to the course, well delivered. Ideal sized groups, keeps the course personal and enable it to move at a good pace. Good feedback from other people in the company that had attended courses.(Intro SQL) Good course content. Like the aspect of lunch out of the building. (Adv SQL) Course well paced, good material with plenty of examples. (Intro PBI)"

Richard Sutcliffe (Cormar Carpets)

"I just wanted to offer some feedback on the course last week, an excellent tutor, venue was perfect including the short walk from Piccadilly station and content and course pitch and speed was spot on. From the moment I found Wise Owl as a potential training company I have been nothing but very impressed, I have booked 2 of my team on a SQL course in February and I have no doubts going forwards I will be looking to you guys as my first point of call for training. "

Rob Walker (JDP Furniture Group Ltd)

"Really good course brought alive by the trainer with some really good examples. Very clear in his delivery and explanation. The logic of the course was good and made sense building on previous work."

James Houlihan (Crown Commercial Service)

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