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Excel VBA macros - 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)
£1,450
Classroom (Manchester)
£1,095
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
£950
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

Delegates should be comfortable with using Excel (no advanced knowledge is needed). No experience of progamming is needed, although delegates should enjoy the logical challenge of learning new computer systems.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Excel VBA macros course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
25-26 Apr 09:30-16:30 London £1,450 Fully booked
07-08 May 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
23-24 May 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
25-26 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
23-24 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £950 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

Excel VBA macros training course contents

VBA stands for Visual Basic for Applications, and is the programming language which comes with Excel (and for that matter with Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and many other applications).  If you've heard people talk about Excel macros, these are just programs written in Excel VBA.

During this two-day course, you'll learn how to:

  • Move around a worksheet and select cells

  • Work with input boxes, message boxes and variables

  • Understand the building blocks of VBA (objects, collections, methods and properties)

  • Test conditions and execute loops

  • Iterate over the objects in a collection (which turns out to be a useful thing to do)

  • Create and use basic user forms

In fact the course will teach you everything you need to learn to become an accomplished VBA programmer in Excel (although be warned that you won't become an expert overnight - that takes months of practice!). 

The contents of this course are as follows:

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

Functions

  • Declaring functions
  • Passing arguments

Debugging and error handling

  • Setting breakpoints
  • Stepping through macros
  • ON ERROR statements

Forms

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

Referencing other applications   if time

  • Links to Word or Access
  • Working with files and folders
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:

"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)

"Our Tutor, was most knowledgeable about the content of the course. He was also patient and made himself available during breaks and after course hours. He was also willing to go over any topic or interest we had on the subject. All in all - He was brilliant."

Samantha Jones (The Little Greene Paint Company Ltd)

"I really enjoyed the course, the support getting ready in advance making sure my computer was compatible, all the way through to the help and support on the course, was excellent, An excellent tutor. My manager suggested the course and she was really impressed by the support, even setting up the computer a few days before"

Andy Stacey (Scania (Great Britian) Ltd)

"Really loved the course and we learnt so much!! Very easy to follow."

Sarah Underwood (CFC Underwriting)

"Great course as always! Delivered well by our trainer, keeping at our pace and adapting to meet our requirements & questions."

Aron Bourne (Ultimate Products Global Sourcing (UPGS))

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.

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