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Power Automate Desktop 2-day 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.

To attend this course you need to be a regular user of Windows.  You will get more out of the course if you're familiar with the basics of the main Microsoft Office applications.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Power Automate Desktop course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
18-19 Jan 09:30-16:30 Online £725 Book
22-23 Feb 09:30-16:30 Online £725 Book
20-21 Mar 09:30-16:30 Online £725 Book
18-19 Apr 09:30-16:30 Online £725 Book
20-21 May 09:30-16:30 Online £725 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

Power Automate Desktop training course contents

Power Automate Desktop is Microsoft's Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software. It allows you to automate anything you do in Windows, including (but by no means limited to):

  • sending emails

  • printing

  • working with Excel

  • browsing websites

  • filling in forms

Think of it as like the Windows equivalent of VBA, allowing you to automate things that you do (you can even record what you're doing as a sequence of replayable steps), but with no programming involved. 

This two-day course will give practical examples of many of the most common tasks that you might want to automate (we hope!), and also explain underlying concepts of Power Automate Desktop such as variables, lists, data tables, UI elements, conditions and loops.

The contents of this course are as follows:

Getting started

  • Creating flows
  • Comments
  • Input and message boxes


  • Referring to variables
  • Managing variables
  • Viewing variable values


  • Creating subflows
  • Running subflows


  • Stepping through flows
  • Setting breakpoints

Working with Excel

  • Opening and closing
  • Getting and writing data
  • Other Excel actions

Error handling

  • Testing buttons, files, etc.
  • Error-handling for actions
  • Error blocks for flows

Input and output variables

  • Calling flows
  • Filling output varaibles
  • Referencing input variables


  • Populating lists
  • Looping over lists
  • Adding to and clearing lists


  • Looping N times
  • Conditonal loops
  • Looping over collections


  • Testing conditions (IF)
  • Multiple conditions (SWITCH)

SQL Server

  • Opening connections
  • Reading data
  • Running stored procedures

Data tables and rows

  • Populating data tables
  • Looping over data rows
  • Collapsing data columns

Files and folders

  • Manipulating files
  • Working with folders
  • Reading / writing text files
  • Using CSV files

Different data types

  • Getting the date
  • Converting dates to text
  • Testing for numeric input

Mouse and keyboard

  • Sending keys
  • Mouse clicks

Browsing websites

  • Using different browsers
  • UI elements
  • Problems you may encounter
  • Extracting data

User intefaces (UIs)

  • UI elements revisited
  • Capturing data
  • Filling in forms

Emails and Outlook

  • Using Outlook
  • Sending emails
  • Extracting attachments


  • Adding images
  • Using in website automation
  • Deleting unused images


  • Reading tables and text
  • Reading images

Recording flows

  • Recording your steps
  • Limitations of recording

Case studies   if time

  • Backing up files
  • Emailing files to different users
  • Compiling SEO results
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 great trainer who made everyone feel at ease & was extremely knowledgeable. Even though the subject was something that I thought I would struggled with, the training was broken down into small enough sections that we could all follow easily."

Stephen Catlow (LifeArc)

"A great trainer, really engaging and made even the complex topics simple to understand."

Rob Mason (Richer Sounds)

"Our company chose this course and I would happily recommend."

Kenan Nield-McGrath (Ultimate Products Global Sourcing (UPGS))

"Having never used visual basic before everything on the course was new to me, but the trainer was clear, concise and approachable throughout. Everything on the course was relevant to my role. The trainer even took the time to help me create a sub routine for a real world example, which was much appreciated! I would recommend Wise Owl to anyone."

Lucy Kavanagh (National Nuclear Laboratory)

"A great trainer, his knowledge was amazing and he was really keen to help and make it relevant to us which was great! We were undecided between this and the three day intensive course but really happy we started on this course and can go away and do our own work on macros before moving on to the advance course!"

Grace Aspin-Radford (CFC Underwriting)

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.

Related Courses

You might like to consider these related courses:

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Introduction to Power BI


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