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Microsoft Excel Training Courses

We offer friendly, expert live online or classroom training courses in Excel with course sizes limited to 6 people: learn anything from creating your first Excel formula through to writing advanced macros in VBA!

We currently run the following scheduled Excel courses:

Not exactly the course contents you want? Why not consider organising your own tailored Excel course)?

More about our Microsoft Excel training

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 three areas: standard courses, VBA (macros) and Office Scripts 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.

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 - as well as a three-day consolidated fast-track course:




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 modules, and much more!

Fast-track VBA

3 days

If you want to learn as much Excel VBA in as short a time as possible, this is the course for you!  The training aims to cover the entire contents of the other two courses with the exception of class modules in just three days.

Our Office Scripts courses

Excel has two programming languages! If you're using Excel 365 online (or security is a big concern for you) you should use Office Scripts, rather than the older VBA. Here are the Office Scripts courses that we run:




Introduction to Office Scripts

2 days

This course will show you how to program in Office Scripts, a language which is a variant of TypeScript (itself based on JavaScript). You'll learn how to select ranges, work with arrays and write conditions and loops.

Advanced Office Scripts

2 days

If you already know the basics of programming in Office Scripts, this will show you how to perform advanced tasks, such as wroking with charts, tables, emails, pivot tables and Power Automate flows.

 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 courses include

Each of our scheduled courses (whether classroom or online) includes:

  1. Small course sizes - we have a maximum of 6 people on each classroom or online course.
  2. A trainer! And not just anyone - our courses are only ever given by full-time Wise Owls.
  3. Full colour courseware and exercises of oustanding quality.
  4. A no cancellation guarantee (once you've booked and confirmed your training course, it will run).
  5. A one gigabyte USB stick, containing course files, answers to exercises and (by the end of the course) your answers too, together with a nice pen.
  6. 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).
  7. A certificate sent out digitally or in paper form (your choice) after each course, together with (for tailored courses) the trainer's thoughts on how the course went.

In addition, our classroom courses also include:

  1. A computer for each delegate (obviously).
  2. Lunch out each day at a local restaurant (chosen on the day of the course, after discussion!).
  3. 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.

Still not convinced? You can read hundreds of testimonials to the quality of our training (all attributed and added in the last 3 years.

Scheduled Excel training dates

Here are the next Excel courses we have scheduled:

Course Dates Days Venue Price Booking
Excel VBA macros Tue/Wed 25-26 June 2024 25-26 Jun 2 Online £950 Book places
Excel Intermediate Wednesday 26 June 2024 26 Jun 1 Online £495 Book places
Introduction to Office Scripts Mon/Tue 01-02 July 2024 01-02 Jul 2 Online £825 Book places
Excel Advanced Thu/Fri 04-05 July 2024 04-05 Jul 2 Online £695 Book places
Excel Business Modelling Tue/Wed 09-10 July 2024 09-10 Jul 2 Online £950 Book places
Fast track Excel VBA Tue/Thu 09-11 July 2024 09-11 Jul 3 Online £1,295 Book places
Excel Introduction Friday 12 July 2024 12 Jul 1 Online £495 Book places
Excel VBA macros Tue/Wed 23-24 July 2024 23-24 Jul 2 Online £950 Book places
Excel Introduction Thursday 25 July 2024 25 Jul 1 Manchester £675 Book places
Excel Intermediate Friday 26 July 2024 26 Jul 1 Manchester £675 Book places

All prices exclude VAT. If you can't see the dates you want, don't forget that you always have the option of arranging onsite training at your offices (we'll even provide the computers and projector).

About our Excel training

We don't just teach in Excel - we use it internally too. And not just for work ...

Will this trainer beat his Park Run PB? The omens are not looking too good ...

We've written versions of Flappy Bird and Wordle in VBA within Excel too, just for fun. Book on one of our Excel courses to share our enthusiasm!

Other Microsoft Excel training resources

There are many ways in which we can help you learn Excel!


We believe in showing you everything we can - which is why you can view our Excel exercises online using one of the following links (you can even try them out in advance of any course!).


We've written blogs on all manner of things Excel - take a look!

Self-paced online training

Our online VBA course will teach you how to program within Excel.


We've got a range of videos to help you learn how to use Excel, write VBA macros or use PowerPivot.

Tips and tricks

Have a look at our Microsoft Excel tips and tricks.

Training venues

We run our scheduled Excel courses in the following places.

Courseware manuals

Test your skills

You can assess your Excel or Excel VBA skills online using one of these links.


We can help you create everything from beautiful spreadsheet models to powerful Excel systems using VBA … find out more!

Books or publications

If you want to learn how to program within Excel using VBA, try this book.

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