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Established May 1992
30 years in business
Wise Owl Training
30 years in business
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Classroom training -  Advanced VBA

Online Training

Advanced VBA

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£795 + 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 are our next few online Advanced VBA course dates:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
23-24 Jun 09:30-16:30 £795 Book
01-02 Aug 09:30-16:30 £795 Book
08-09 Sep 09:30-16:30 £795 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


  • 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

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


  • 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 6 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 6 Wise Owl trainers
  • 482 references viewable online

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):

"Extremely impressed with the communication in terms of arranging the course and sorting out the IT requirements. The course itself was extremely useful and our trainer was friendly, hilarious, patient and really explained everything in as much detail as required. Can't recommend WiseOwl highly enough!"

Zak Connan (Derby and Burton Hospitals NHS FT)

"Our trainer was brilliant and he was happy to help out with questions or queries we had. The course content was great, went at a good, fast pace and was perfect for what we needed. Feedback for other Wise Owl courses has always been good, the course fitted with what we needed and the ability to tailor it to our needs was a big bonus."

Michael Thompson (Frontline Ltd)

"Very well delivered training of a very difficult subject."

Solomon Odunlami (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC, ex MHCLG))

"Really useful and engaging session! "

Emma Mullins (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

"Great training course. The trainer kept us interested and engaged (as well as amused!) all of the way through some tricky aspects of the material. We have already begun the strategy of how we are going to use it, so ideal! Wise Owl was recommended to me several years ago. It is easy to find a plethora of courses out there but I would always rather go with someone with a tried and trusted reputation."

Ann-Marie Davies (Blue Prism Ltd)

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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 (free for UK bookings) 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 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.