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Advanced Excel

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£525 + VAT (where applicable)

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

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!

Course schedule

Here are our next few online Excel Advanced course dates:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
12-13 Nov 09:30-16:30 £525 Book
10-11 Dec 09:30-16:30 £525 Book
11-12 Feb 09:30-16:30 £525 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

Advanced IFs

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

Lookup functions

  • VLOOKUP for continuous values
  • VLOOKUP for exact matches
  • Data validation for exact matches
  • Dynamic range names
  • Handling errors in lookup tables

Advanced lookup functions

  • Using = MATCH to find values
  • Combining =INDEX and =MATCH
  • The OFFSET function
  • The INDIRECT 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

Covered if time allows If time

Advanced charts

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

Covered if time allows If time

Scenarios

  • Creating what-if scenarios
  • The scenario manager

Covered if time allows If time

Goal-seeking

  • Targeting a given value
  • Setting the number of iterations

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 7 full-time Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Very enjoyable. Trainer knowledgeable and helpful."

Ross Smith (Marley Ltd)

"Very enjoyable, informative, fun and educational. Maintained an excellent level of teaching and professionalism throughout."

Cameron Copeland (ICE Futures Europe)

"Really enjoyed the course. Great pace. Learnt loads of useful tips. Looking forward to advanced course. Great website."

Nicola Leah (Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd.)

"Very good course - I enjoyed it and learnt a lot. The trainer taught the course very well and explained everything clearly. Recommendation came from colleagues."

Hannah Rodger (Barbican Insurance / Arch Capital Gp Ltd)

"The trainer was very helpful in answering any questions and explained everything well and in detail."

Sammi Lee (Kier Highways Ltd)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  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; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

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

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

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.