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Advanced VBA 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.

Delegates should have good knowledge of either Access Visual Basic, Excel Visual Basic or Word Visual Basic.  To attend this course, you should already know the answers to these questions:

  1. How to use input and message boxes.

  2. How to write IF conditions and loops.

  3. How to create and use variables (including the use of OPTION EXPLICIT).

  4. How to select cells (including using OFFSET and END) in Excel.

If you haven't attended our two-day Excel VBA introduction course or been using VBA for at least 6 months, you're likely to struggle on this course. 

Course schedule

Here are our next few Advanced VBA course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
04-05 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
05-06 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
07-08 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
05-06 Dec 09:30-16:30 Online £950 Book
03-04 Feb 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

Advanced VBA training course contents

If you've learnt the basics of VBA, maybe it's time to move on to the advanced level? This two-day course explains how objects, properties, methods and collections REALLY work, how to loop over collections, how to reference other applications (so you can manipulate objects in Outlook from within Excel, for example) and how to add, edit and delete rows in a database or elements in an array.

In addition to all of the above, the course will give a basic introduction to using classes in VBA.  Don't expect to get a complete understanding, however, as this is a subject which it takes years to get to grips with fully!

The contents of this course are as follows:

Revision of VBA

  • Objects and collections
  • Methods and properties
  • Using object variables
  • Looping over collections

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

Class modules

  • What is a class?
  • Designing classes
  • Creating properties and methods
  • Consuming classes

Advanced class modules topics   if time

  • Untyped collections
  • Creating typed collections
  • Creating event sinks

Linking to data

  • 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


  • Declaring functions
  • Passing arguments

Advanced programming ideas   if time

  • Using functions in code
  • Recursive programming
  • Enumerations

Working with shapes   if time

  • Adding shapes
  • Positioning shapes
  • Formatting shapes
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:

"Trainer was very enthusiastic and engaging. He was very pleasant and also willing to spend more, or less time, on whatever we felt was the most valuable for our jobs. This flexibility was really appreciated."

Callum Morley (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

"I enjoyed the course and I thought that our trainer was fantastic. He delivered the training in a very structured manner and took the time to explain the use cases and context behind the different functions and formatting techniques. It was also great to bounce some personal excel issues off of him and get solutions."

Kieran Walton (Two Circles)

"Great team, great trainer, great structure. Was clean and easy to follow along, loved that we get to take away the files we worked on during course."

Jamie Wright (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust)

"Loved the course! Our trainer was fantastic, very engaging and knew his content. It helped massively that he could see our screens to know if we did something wrong. The course was interactive for the entire 2 days. Content was at the right level and this was adapted to our experiences. I can't rate the course/trainer highly enough. Thank you."

Laura Locke (BUPA)

"A great trainer who explained everything very well."

Stuart Morley (Reigate and Banstead Borough Council)

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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