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Advanced Excel Training Course

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
Classroom (Manchester)
Onsite (your office)
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Online (your home)
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

Delegates should already have a good working knowledge of Excel (one way to achieve this would be to attend our one-day introduction to Excel and one-day intermediate Excel courses). 

Course schedule

Here are our next few Excel Advanced course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
05-06 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £695 Book
04-05 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £695 Book
05-06 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £695 Book
03-04 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £695 Book
12-13 Sep 09:30-16:30 Manchester £895 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Excel Advanced training course contents

Serious users of Excel will enjoy learning about all its hidden goodies on this two-day course, which includes:

  • Creating advanced formulae, including using nested IF functions and text functions

  • Using lookup functions such as VLOOKUP and MATCH/INDEX

  • Loading and transforming data using Power Query

  • Using subtotals and pivot tables to analyse data

  • Using scenarios and goal-seeking for what-if analysis

And when you've been on this course, you could always learn how to program in Excel!

The contents of this course are as follows:

Advanced IFs

  • Revision of single IFs
  • Nesting =IF
  • =IFS and =SWITCH

Lookup functions

  • The XLOOKUP function
  • VLOOKUP for continuous values
  • VLOOKUP for exact matches
  • Data validation for exact matches

Advanced lookup functions

  • The XMATCH function
  • Combining =INDEX and =MATCH
  • The OFFSET function

Text functions

  • Basic text functions
  • Finding and replacing text
  • Extracting and joining text

Multiple worksheets

  • Group editing
  • Formulae across sheets
  • 3D summing across sheets

Advanced tables

  • Removing duplicates
  • Advanced filters (multiple criteria)
  • Adding and removing subtotals
  • Grouping/outlining controls

Pivot tables

  • Creating pivot tables
  • Changing the aggregation function
  • Drilling down
  • Filtering and sorting

Advanced pivot tables

  • Grouping fields
  • Showing % of grand totals, etc
  • Slicers and timelines

Getting data (was Power Query)

  • Using different data sources
  • Query steps
  • Massaging data before loading it
  • The "Column by example" transform

Advanced charts   if time

  • Combination charts
  • Regression and trendlines
  • Picture charts
  • Sparklines

Scenarios   if time

  • Creating what-if scenarios
  • The scenario manager

Goal-seeking   if time

  • Targeting a given value
  • Setting the number of iterations
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"A fantastic trainer who puts you at ease and is very knowledgeable and personable. It was a pleasure to spend the two days training and I would highly recommend anyone to this course."

Vicky Bailey (Cormar Carpets)

"This is the second course that I have attended with Wise Owl. I really enjoyed this Excel Advance Course and know that some of the skills I have learnt will be extremely helpful in my job role and in the future. I have now completed Excel intermediate and Excel Advanced. Thank you!"

Katherine Wheeler (NHS South, Central and West CSU)

"I would absolutely recommend. We had a superb trainer!"

Antoine DuQuesnay (Civil Aviation Authority)

"Another fab course provided by Wise Owl. The trainer was lovely, very helpful and super knowledgeable. Course content was great and covered lots of topics. Really nice venue, and great lunch choices!"

Lyndsey Bell (Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service)

"Our trainer was extremely approachable and great with the group. I found the course extremely helpful with lots of useful tips. I will recommend Wise Owl to my colleagues; it was recommended to me"

Lucy Kavanagh (National Nuclear Laboratory)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

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