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Excel VBA programming - intensive three-day course

Three 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.

You only need a basic knowledge of Excel for this course.  You'll find it easier if you have some programming experience, although this isn't essential.  What you must have is a good aptitude for computers (otherwise this will be a l-o-n-g three days ...).

Course schedule

Here are our next few Fast track Excel VBA course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
01-03 May 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
08-10 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
09-11 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
11-13 Nov 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 Book
12-14 Feb 09:30-16:30 Online £1,295 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

Fast track Excel VBA - Course Contents

Our two-day Introduction to VBA course will be sufficient for most people to get them up and running with the programming language built into Microsoft Office.  However, there are some important omissions from the two-day introductory course, which the three-day fast-track course has time to cover.  Notably:

  • Getting Excel to talk to other Office applications using VBA;

  • Reading and writing text files; and

  • Programming with arrays.

For fast groups the three-day course will also have time to cover linking to databases using VBA.  You should only consider attending this fast-track course if you consider yourself to be quick at picking up new software.

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

From our EXCEL VBA MACROS course

Recording macros and buttons

  • Absolute and relative recording
  • Where macros can be stored
  • Assigning macros to buttons

Selecting cells

  • Selecting cells (absolute)
  • Selecting cells (relative)
  • Selecting to the end of a block
  • Selecting a range by its corners

The VB code editor

  • Using Project Explorer
  • Creating modules
  • Basic subroutines and comments

Messages and variables

  • Input boxes and message boxes
  • Declaring variables
  • Option Explicit
  • Scope of variables
  • Constants

Visual Basic explained

  • The Excel object model
  • Objects and collections
  • Methods and properties
  • Getting help in VBA

Loops and conditions

  • Simple IF conditions
  • Multiple IF and SELECT / CASE
  • Three main types of loop

Looping over collections

  • Object variables
  • Looping over collections

Event handling

  • Assigning macros to events
  • Cancelling events


  • Declaring functions
  • Passing arguments

Debugging and error handling

  • Setting breakpoints
  • Stepping through macros
  • ON ERROR statements


  • Drawing forms
  • Attaching macros to controls
  • Validating form input

From our ADVANCED VBA course

Links to other applications

  • Referencing other applications
  • Instantiating objects
  • Writing inter-application code


  • Referencing FileSystemObjects
  • Working with files and folders


  • Using FileDialogs
  • Allowing multiple selection

Working with text files

  • Avoiding using INPUT/OUTPUT
  • Reading and writing text files

Linking to data   if time

  • ADO or Access Database Engine
  • Referencing the right library
  • Opening and using recordsets


  • Creating and populating arrays
  • Dynamic arrays
  • The PRESERVE keyword

Passing arguments

  • ByRef and ByVal
  • Using optional arguments
  • Using ParamArray

Advanced programming ideas   if time

  • Using functions in code
  • Recursive programming
  • Enumerations

Working with shapes   if time

  • Adding shapes
  • Positioning shapes
  • Formatting shapes

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:

"This is an excellent course for anybody looking for an intro into MS Power BI. My personal online experience was very good. The trainer articulated the new terminology in layman's terms and was willing, and able to answer any questions/queries and assist with navigation of the software, when required. This was a recommendation from 2 of my colleagues, who had previously attended the course. "

Terry Ashman (Girls' Day School Trust)

"My tutor was extremely good, very detailed and adapted the lesson, where necessary, to match my ability. I even asked if we could include a task where I would need to troubleshoot DAX to see what was missing and this was included with ease. Thanks again!"

Scott Castro (Addleshaw Goddard)

"Fantastic course, paced correctly and the trainer was extremely knowledgeable, as well as being a wonderful host for the two days. I really like the small class sizes as it ensures you have a voice and don't get drowned out by multiple questions. Great location too."

Paul Maxwell (Innogy Business Services UK Ltd)

"An excellent course delivered at just the right pace and taking account of the differing ability levels of all candidates. An exceptional trainer with a fantastic delivery style. I will be recommending to others to use Wise Owl. Chose Wise Owl as a result of previous positive experiences and would definitely chose you again for any future training requirements."

Paul Horwood (BUPA)

"The trainer kept me interested the whole time and had her way of explaining things I wasn't quite sure of. Excellent teacher. I have always struggled with formulas so I wanted to get some more experience."

Sara Rowland (Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA))

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:

Excel VBA macros


2 day course

Advanced VBA


2 day course

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