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Advanced VBA

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£695 + VAT (where applicable)

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

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!

Course schedule

Here is our next online Advanced VBA course date:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
24-25 Sep 09:30-16:30 £695 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

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

FileSystemObjects

  • Referencing FileSystemObjects
  • Working with files and folders

FileDialogs

  • 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

Covered if time allows If time

Advanced class modules topics

  • Untyped collections
  • Creating typed collections
  • Creating event sinks

Linking to data

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

Arrays

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

Passing arguments

  • ByRef and ByVal
  • Using optional arguments
  • Using ParamArray

Covered if time allows If time

Advanced programming ideas

  • Using functions in code
  • Recursive programming
  • Enumerations

Covered if time allows If time

Working with shapes

  • Adding shapes
  • Positioning shapes
  • Formatting shapes

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 5 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 7 full-time Wise Owl trainers

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):

"Course content was great, as was trainer's knowledge and enthusiasm."

Darina Cunnane (Lloyds Banking Group)

"The trainer was without doubt very knowledgeable and able to answer all of my questions. Tandoori sea bass was excellent. I needed to discover what more could be done with VBA and I learned plenty. I have progressed on to using VBA in other office applications as well and have automated much of my monthly workload."

Geoff Doyle (Humankind Charity)

"Exceptional training, very well thought through and examples made things very understandable. The trainer was great in terms of expanding into different topics that were of particular interest and use to us. Your course content (compared to others) seemed to offer the best value in terms of learning a lot."

Robert Kingston (Xpedite GoC)

"We had a great trainer, very patient and excellent at explaining the content of the course. The course venue and equipment provided was of a very high standard, especially the in-depth instruction manual and memory stick (meaning we could take the code we’d wrote home with us). We were also taken out for lunch each day which was a really nice touch. Would highly recommend. "

Claire Leonard (Barbican Insurance Group)

"It was great to have such flexible content and to have all our questions answered in depth."

Matthew Clarke (Xpedite GoC)

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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 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 Sheaffer 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.