Microsoft Excel Training Courses and Resources
This page lists out the public training courses that Wise Owl offer in Excel, but also include links to our exercises, course manuals, tutorials, blogs and more!
Excel classroom training
Wise Owl run a host of training courses in Excel, Excel Visual Basic and PowerPivot, as follows:
Can't see the course you want? Have a look at our onsite Microsoft Excel training page.
Not sure which course you want? See what you can learn on one of our Excel courses.
Other Microsoft Excel training resources
Try our Excel exercises
Excel training venues
We can help you create everything from beautiful spreadsheet models to powerful Excel systems using VBA … find out more!
Blogs on Excel
Excel courseware manuals
Excel books or publications
If you want to learn how to program within Excel using VBA, try this book:
Videos on Excel
Which is the right Excel course for you?
We've been teaching Excel since the early days (anyone remember Excel 4.0?), and consider ourselves gurus! There's a lot you can learn, so we've divided our training into 3 areas: standard courses, specialist courses and VBA (macros) courses.
Our standard Excel courses
We run 3 standard Excel courses, covering the needs of everyone from beginners to advanced users:
|Introduction to Excel||1 day||This is aimed at beginners: it shows how to create, format and print basic worksheets, and how to create simple charts. You won't need any existing experience to attend this course.|
|Intermediate Excel||1 day||This is aimed at people who know the basics, but want to find out a bit more about what you can do in Excel. You'll learn how to sort and filter data in tables, how to apply conditional formatting, how to use IF functions, how to create range names and much more.|
|Advanced Excel||2 days||For those who are already comfortable using Excel, and want to find out what else the software allows you to do, we've created this two-day advanced course. You'll learn much more about the many useful functions in Excel such as VLOOKUP, MATCH and INDEX, as well as how to work with pivot tables and how to import data from different sources.|
Our specialist Excel courses
In addition to the above, we run two specialist Excel courses:
|PowerPivot||2 days||You can use PowerPivot to import data from multiple data sources, then link it together to construct simple data models. You can then use these to show data in pivot tables. This course also covers how to write DAX formulae to create additional measures (calculations by any other name) for display in your pivot tables, including date-based comparison formulae, before finishing with a quick demonstration of Power BI Desktop. If you're not sure whether you should learn PowerPivot or Power BI Desktop, see our comparison blog.|
|Business Modelling in Excel||2 days||Do you consider yourself proficient at using Excel? Do you build spreadsheet models as part of your job? This two day course will show you three things above all: how (and why) to use range names for every formula you create, the many short-cut keys available in Excel and how to use all the built-in Excel functions. Along the way you'll learn how to create robust financial models.|
Our VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) courses
Excel contains a built in macro programming language called VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), which it shares with the other Microsoft Office applications. We run two courses on VBA - introduction and advanced:
|Introduction to VBA||2 days||You won't need any prior experience to attend this course, although if you've used another programming language you'll find it easier to pick things up. The course will teach you pretty much all of the theory that you'll need to automate routine tasks in Excel, although don't underestimate the need to then practise what you've learnt after the course has finished.|
|Advanced VBA||2 days||If you already know how to declare variables, test conditions, create loops and select cells using keywords like END and OFFSET, you may be ready for our two-day advanced VBA course (but note that for casual users of VBA this will be a course too far). You'll learn how to get Excel to talk to other Microsoft applications like Outlook and Word, how to loop over files and folders processing each in turn, how to work with tables of data in Access or SQL Server, how to create your own objects using class modeules, and much more!|
If you're still not sure which is the right Excel course for you, have a look at our blog giving more detailed help on what each Excel course involves.
10 things our Excel courses include
Each of our scheduled courses includes:
- Small course sizes - we have a maximum of 6 people on each course, and frequently run courses with fewer.
- A computer for each delegate (obviously).
- A trainer! And not just anyone - Wise Owl courses are only ever given by Wise Owls.
- Full colour courseware of oustanding quality (download a sample Excel courseware chapter to judge this claim for yourself) .
- Interesting exercises to reinforce what you've learnt (you can review some of the Excel exercises we use here).
- Lunch out each day at a local restaurant (chosen on the day of the course, after discussion!).
- Unlimited refreshments during the day, including Tassimo or Nespresso coffee and a range of biscuits and snacks to keep you going through those dark afternoon hours.
- A one gigabyte USB stick, containing course files, answers to exercises and (by the end of the course) your answers too.
- A Sheaffer biro and notepad.
- Unofficial help after the course (although we don't have a dedicated post-course support line, in practice trainers will be happy to answer the odd ad hoc question after a course has taken place).
About our Excel training
We've got a wealth of experience to draw on when teaching Excel. Accomplishments include:
- Andy (Gould) has written a game of Flappy Owl in Excel VBA
- Sam is working on a simulation of Game of Thrones in Excel VBA
- Andy (Brown) logs his daily crossword scores in a chart with a dynamic range name as a data source
We've been enthusiastically using Excel internally and for external courses for many years now. Let us show you how Excel can make your working life more efficient!