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Intermediate Excel Training Course

One day (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

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


You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

You shouldn't attend this course unless you're already familiar with creating formulae in Excel.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Excel Intermediate course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
26 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
22 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
06 Sep 09:30-16:30 Manchester £675 Book
26 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
18 Oct 09:30-16:30 Manchester £675 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 Intermediate training course contents

If you've got the hang of the basics of using Excel, perhaps it's time to fledge your wings?  This one-day course will allow you to extend what you can do in Excel, by teaching you how to:

  • Test conditions using the IF function

  • Use absolute cell references (using the $ sign) to fix cells in formuale

  • Use range names to reference cells by name, rather than by cell reference

  • Sort and filter tables of data

  • Apply formatting to numbers and dates

  • Protect your work using data validation and protection

And much more besides!

The contents of this course are as follows:

Absolute references

  • Absolute cell references
  • Using the $ sign

Range names

  • Creating range names
  • Editing/deleting range names

Conditional formulae

  • Creating a single =IF formula
  • Using =SUMIFS and =COUNTIFS
  • Combining conditions

Conditional formatting

  • Creating cell rules
  • Managing cell rules
  • Viewing conditional formats
  • Data bars and icon sets

Basic tables

  • Using a spreadsheet as a table
  • Sorting table data
  • Filtering table data
  • Table styles (a warning!)

Advanced printing

  • Layout versus Preview tab
  • Print areas and print titles
  • Setting/removing page breaks
  • Headers, footers and page numbering

Formatting numbers and dates

  • Standard number formats
  • Hiding cell contents
  • Date formats

Working with dates

  • Using series fill
  • Using dates in formulae
  • TODAY and NOW

Data validation   if time

  • Setting validation rules
  • Input and error messages
  • Highlighting validated cells
  • Circling invalid data

Protection   if time

  • How protection works
  • Unlocking cells
  • Turning protection on for a worksheet
  • Protecting the whole workbook
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:

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it was taught very well with useful information on key topics and some excellent exercises to actually put the skills into practice. The trainer was highly knowledgeable and went at a good speed, to ensure everything was clearly explained. Others in my organisation had attended the course and found it useful and taught well. Many thanks."

Clare Taylor (London Borough of Lambeth)

"Our trainer was very engaging and supportive throughout the session. She had no issue with me asking questions or asking to have things repeated - it was encouraged! The booklets were useful for further reference after the course which allowed me to use my knowledge gained in the work place. I am looking forward to completing my Advanced course at a later date!"

Megan Good (Kent Police)

"Very good training session, the trainer went the extra mile to make sure I took the maximum potential from the course. Highly recommend."

Christopher Parratt (Network Plus)

"The trainer was brilliant and I learnt a lot - thank you."

Sarosh Sethna (Sellafield Ltd)

"Really enjoyed the course content and 1-1 interaction with trainer met my additional learning needs. The Trainer was patient and enabled me to practice on exercises that l could use in my work. "

Joanne Brown-Barnes (Network Plus)

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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