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Established May 1992
30 years in business
Wise Owl Training
30 years in business
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Classroom training -  Fast track Power Automate

Online Training

3-day intensive Power Automate cloud/desktop training

Live online training course - classroom version also available

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

Only Microsoft could create two distinct applications (Power Automate and Power Automate Desktop) and give them such similar names!  This three-day course aims to give you an intensive introduction to each product so that you can decide for yourself which (if either) you should use to automate repetitive tasks that you or your team perform.  It's always possible, of course, that you may decide to create both desktop and cloud flows after attending this course!

Course schedule

Here is our next online Fast track Power Automate course date:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
16-18 Nov 09:30-16:30 £1,095 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

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:


Getting started

  • Creating flows
  • Comments
  • Input and message boxes

Working with Excel

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


  • Stepping through flows
  • Setting breakpoints


  • Referring to variables
  • Managing variables
  • Viewing variable values


  • Looping N times
  • Conditonal loops
  • Looping over collections


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


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


  • Creating subflows
  • Running subflows

Covered if time allows If time

Input and output variables

  • Calling flows
  • Filling output varaibles
  • Referencing input variables

Error handling

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

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

User intefaces (UIs)

  • UI elements revisited
  • Capturing data
  • Filling in forms

Data tables and rows

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

Browsing websites

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

Recording flows

  • Recording your steps
  • Limitations of recording

Emails and Outlook

  • Using Outlook
  • Sending emails
  • Extracting attachments

SQL Server

  • Opening connections
  • Reading data
  • Running stored procedures


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


  • Reading tables and text
  • Reading images

Getting started

  • What Power Automate is and does
  • Software licensing overview
  • Logging on

Creating flows

  • Using templates
  • Creating new flows
  • Viewing the underlying JSON

Basic flow concepts

  • Adding actions
  • Understanding triggers
  • Setting variables

Conditions and loops

  • Syntax of conditions
  • Condition groups
  • Switch statements
  • Types of loop

Basic expressions

  • Syntax of expressions
  • Common functions

Automating Excel 365

  • Signing on to Office 365
  • Common Excel actions


  • Linking to email servers
  • Creating flow rules
  • Downloading attachments
  • Working with Outlook

Files and folders

  • OneDrive, DropBox, etc
  • Copying and moving files
  • Other file/folder operations

Covered if time allows If time


  • Linking to SharePoint
  • Working with SharePoint lists
  • Copying and moving files
  • Storing data in SharePoint

Covered if time allows If time


  • The Teams bot
  • Connecting to Teams
  • Posting content
  • Adding calendar items


  • SQL Server gateways
  • Linking to Azure
  • Connecting to databases
  • Retrieving/changing data


  • Creating online forms
  • Types of input
  • Publishing surveys
  • Processing replies

Handling errors

  • Debugging techniques
  • Logging errors

Covered if time allows If time

Power Platform integration

  • Linking to Power BI
  • Linking to Power Apps

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 6 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 6 Wise Owl trainers
  • 520 references viewable online

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):

"Found the course content really engaging and not overwhelming. Great location and good course content."

Sarah Fitzgerald (One Medical Group)

"Our trainer made the course really easy to follow and understand, she was very thorough and I liked that fact that we practiced what we had learnt."

Alison Hopkins (Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA))

"I found the course really useful and easy to follow. It was ideal for someone who knew very little about SQL previously."

Andrew Moss (Cheshire East Council)

"It was an excellent training session! We were not hindered at all by it being online rather than in person. I loved that it was a small group so it was easy to ask questions and learn more. The trainer was brilliant; he went at a good pace, was very patient if we weren't quite grasping a topic and provided much entertainment!"

Sarah Tomlinson (Manchester Metropolitan University)

"Really loved the whole experience. I'm a lot more confident and eager to use my skills going forward. The course was a great pace and ensured that you had a great foundation knowledge before moving on to more difficult areas of work. I think we used it because other people in my department have been on it before-I can see why they recommended it!!"

Hannah Bateman (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC, ex MHCLG))

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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 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.