VBA Training Courses

If you need to learn VBA, you've come to the right page! Whether you want VBA classroom training courses, exercises, blog articles or an online tutorial, the links below will help.

Visual Basic for Applications classroom training

VBA classroom training

We run the following VBA programming training courses:

Can't see the course you want? Have a look at our onsite Visual Basic for Applications training page, or see our other VBA training resources.

Not sure which course you want? See what you can learn on one of our VBA courses.

Which is the right VBA course for you?

For the vast majority of people we'd recommend that you book onto our two-day Introduction to Excel VBA course - even if you already know some VBA.

Although this course is aimed at absolute beginners, we've often found that the people who get the most out of it have a bit of VBA experience.

The course will show you how to write structured VBA programs, including comments and indentation.  Programs like this, in fact:

Sub SelectFirstEmptyCell()

'go to the right worksheet


'go to the top cell


'go to the bottom cell, then one further


ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Select

'write in an owl name

ActiveCell.Value = "Flappy Owl"

End Sub

If you're worried that this course would be too basic for you, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you know what Option Explicit means?
  2. Do you know when you would use the word SET to assign a variable value?
  3. Do you know what objects, collections, methods and properties are?
  4. Do you know how to use FOR EACH ... NEXT to loop over collections?

If the answer to all of these is yes, have a look at our advanced VBA course.  This will show you how to work with other applications (among many other things).  For example, the following code would delete any Excel files in the current folder:

Sub DeleteExcelWorkbooks()

'new container for working with files

Dim fso As New FileSystemObject

Dim fil As File

Dim fol As Folder

'get reference to a folder

Set fol = fso.GetFolder("c:\wise owl\")

'loop over files in current folder

For Each fil In fol.Files

If LCase(Right(fil.Name, 5)) = ".xlsx" Then

'delete all Excel workbooks


End If

Next fil

End Sub

If yo're interested, this creates a reference to the Microsoft Scripting Runtime object library.  If you want to understand how to do this (and what that sentence means), book on the course!

You can get even more help on choosing the right VBA course for you here.

10 things our VBA courses include

Each of our scheduled courses includes:

  1. Small course sizes - we have a maximum of 6 people on each course, and frequently run courses with fewer delegates.
  2. A trainer! And not just anyone - our courses are only ever given by full-time Wise Owls (our average feedback scores are in the range 9.2 to 9.8 out of 10).
  3. Full colour courseware and exercises of oustanding quality (download a sample VBA courseware chapter to judge this claim for yourself) .
  4. A no cancellation guarantee (once you've booked/confirmed training, it will run).
  5. A computer for each delegate (obviously).
  6. Lunch out each day at a local restaurant (chosen on the day of the course, after discussion!).
  7. Unlimited refreshments during the day, including Tassimo or Nespresso coffee and a range of biscuits and snacks to keep you going through those dark afternoon hours.
  8. A one gigabyte USB stick, containing course files, answers to exercises and (by the end of the course) your answers too, together with a Sheaffer biro.
  9. Unofficial help after the course (although we don't have a dedicated post-course support line, in practice trainers will be happy to answer the odd ad hoc question after a course has taken place).
  10. A certificate sent out digitally or in paper form (your choice) after each course, together with (for online courses) the trainer's thoughts on how the course went.

Have a look at our full list of benefits, or read hundreds of testimonials to the quality of our training.

Scheduled VBA training dates

Here are the VBA courses we have scheduled for the next 3 months:

Course Dates Days Venue Price Booking
Thu/Fri 20-21 September 2018 2 £895 Book places
Thu/Fri 27-28 September 2018 2 £850 Book places
Mon/Tue 01-02 October 2018 2 £695 Book places
Tue/Wed 09-10 October 2018 2 £750 Book places
Thu/Fri 08-09 November 2018 2 £850 Book places
Tue/Wed 20-21 November 2018 2 £695 Book places
Course Date(s) Venue

All prices exclude VAT. If you can't see the dates you want, don't forget that you always have the option of arranging onsite VBA training at your offices (we'll even provide the computers and projector).

About our VBA training

Wise Owl are VBA gurus!  We've been teaching businesses how to automate routine tasks using Excel macros for many years, and many of our internal systems are written in VBA too.  Here are a few examples:

Application Notes
This website We use a suite of VBA modules and forms within SharePoint Designer to automate writing HTML for many pages of our website.
Our manuals We create our manuals using Microsoft Word, with a host of routines written in VBA to automate content creation.
Scheduling courses Our course scheduler in Excel uses VBA macros for common tasks like creating a calendar and scheduling new dates.
Website management Our website CMS system is written in Access (with SQL Server as a back-end), using VBA throughout.

Oh, and did we mention that programming in VBA is really satisfying?  Well, when it works it is ...

Other Visual Basic for Applications training resources

Visual Basic for Applications exercises

Try our VBA exercises

To continue the spirit of transparency, we've published all of our Excel VBA exercises online:

Visual Basic for Applications training venues

VBA training venues

Our VBA courses run in the following locations:

Visual Basic for Applications consultancy

VBA consultancy

No one knows VBA like Wise Owl, and no other company has the same ability to write complex systems AND then explain how they work:

Visual Basic for Applications blogs

Blogs on VBA

We've blogged extensively on Visual Basic for Applications macros - mainly for Excel, but also for Access and other MS Office applications:

Visual Basic for Applications courseware

VBA courseware manuals

To help you evaluate whether to entrust yourself to a Wise Owl VBA training course, we've provided some sample courseware chapters:

Visual Basic for Applications book

VBA books or publications

If you're trying to teach yourself VBA, you might find the following book useful:

Visual Basic for Applications videos

Videos on VBA

Watch our series of videos showing you how to program in VBA, including creating user forms:

Visual Basic for Applications skills assessment

Test your VBA skills

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