Adobe Captivate training
Introduction to Captivate training

2 days
In centre:
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Live online:
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Key details

Key details

Adobe Captivate training course for beginners, teaching how to develop professional-standard interactive e-learning content.

Adobe Captivate is the industry-standard tool for developing interactive e-learning tutorials and presentations featuring spoken narrative, animation, video and tests. Content is accessible locally, via Intranet or the Web, and it integrates smoothly with Learning Management Systems.

Introduction to Captivate training provides a thorough grounding for beginners, teaching all key techniques. Sessions include:

  • Working with slides and masters
  • Applying effects, adding buttons and rollover captions
  • Using the timeline
  • Inserting images and sound
  • Inserting audio, video and animations
  • Creating questions and assessments
  • Publishing for Learning Management Systems
  • Publishing for HTML5

In this short video, Senior Captivate Instructor, Mark Waterfield, explains the structure of the two days.

This course is ideal for newcomers to Captivate, and those with limited Captivate experience. See examples of work produced in this course.

In-class or online

This course is available in-class at eight centres or live online.

Expert trainers

Introduction to Captivate courses are hosted by expert trainers, with vast experience of using Captivate professionally for e-learning development.

How will I learn?

Captivate training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running Captivate. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Windows or Mac

Captivate works almost identically on the Windows and Mac platforms.

Our centres offer both Windows and Mac computers for delegates to use, so you can choose to carry out exercises on the platform you’re familiar with.

Captivate training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A practical Captivate training guide, to refer to during the course and use as a refresher after. Choose from a printed, bound guide or a PDF – whatever suits you best. If you’re participating online and you choose a printed guide, we’ll post this to you.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful course completion. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Captivate training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their Captivate trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.


No prior Captivate knowledge is necessary.

Captivate version

Training can be based on any version of Captivate to suit you.

All Captivate training is suitable for both Windows and Mac users.



General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this as a ‘closed course’ for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these times to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for Captivate training can be made by:

  • Bank transfer. Please call 01527 834783 for our bank details.
  • Card. All major credit and debit cards accepted. Payment can be made securely online or over the phone. Card payments are processed by Stripe. Armada doesn’t record or store your card details.

Purchase orders

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies and public sector organisations.


See Accommodation local to our training centres.

Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Introduction to Captivate course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Introduction to Captivate course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


Expert trainers

Expert trainers

Introduction to Captivate training courses are hosted by:

Mark Waterfield

Mark Waterfield Autodesk Certified Instructor

Mark works as a professional e-Learning developer. He is a recognised expert in all aspects of e-Learning, including hosting and LMS development.

Mark has used Adobe Captivate since it’s inception, and is an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in the application. He also uses Articulate Storyline extensively in his professional work.

Prior to focusing on e-Learning, Mark worked in website development and Flash programming. He is an expert user of Adobe Animate, which he uses to create animations to incorporate into his e-learning tutorials, bringing them to life.

Away from e-Learning, Mark works in the music industry as a programmer, writer, producer and performer. He recently co-wrote a song featured in the Oscar nominated movie ‘Volver’, starring Penelope Cruz.

Lynne Telfer

Lynne Telfer Autodesk Certified Instructor

Lynne Telfer is highly experienced instructor with over 25 years’ experience working as a professional trainer.

In the late nineties, Lynne worked for Adobe as a trainer and consultant, hosting courses in FrameMaker and other applications at all levels for Adobe’s clients. She’s provided training in Adobe’s Technical Communication and Creative applications ever since.

Lynne has expert knowledge of:

  • Adobe FrameMaker – both Unstructured and Structured use.
  • Adobe RoboHelp.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud applications: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.
  • Adobe’s e-Learning tools – Captivate and Presenter.
  • Microsoft Office suite of applications, covering the mainstream applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint to advanced level.

Lynne has a BA Hons in Educational Practice from Oxford Brookes University.

Course content

Course content

Day 1

The Captivate learning environment

Creating a new project

Adding and editing slides

Working with text captions

Modifying the pointer

Working with the timeline

Working with objects

Using Smart Shapes

Applying Themes

Inserting animations and applying effects

Adding video to a Captivate project

Adding audio to a Captivate project

Exploring the ‘panning’ function

Day 2

Recording software simulations

Using clickboxes

Importing PowerPoint slides

Inserting buttons

Using text entry boxes

Using variables

Advanced actions

Inserting rollover captions and images

Inserting question slides

Setting reporting options

Updating projects

High definition screencasts

Themes and project templates


Publishing for a Learning Management System (LMS)

Publishing to HTML5

Other reporting and publishing options

Creating aggregator projects




Here are some examples showing demos and tutorials created in Adobe Captivate. You’ll learn the techniques required to create demos and tutorials such as these in our Introduction to Captivate course.

Please note that the content changes for each course to focused on the topics of interest to the delegates in class, so you may not produce these precise demos and tutorials.

Adobe Captivate Find Replace Demo

Short demonstration showing how to carry out a simple find and replace operation in WordPad.

Interactive e-learning tutorial – video lesson followed by quiz 1

Captivate Example - Video followed by quiz

Interactive e-learning tutorial – responsive quiz

Captivate Example - Responsive Quiz

Interactive e-learning tutorial – forced navigation

In this example, the user is made to complete certain tasks before proceeding to the next stage.

Captivate Example - Forced Navigation

Interactive e-learning tutorial – video lesson followed by a quiz 2

Captivate Example - Video followed by quiz 2

Interactive e-learning tutorial –quiz utilising drag and drop

Captivate Example - Drag and Drop

Live online training

Live online training

Online training lets you participate in a live Captivate course from your place of work or home.

We do everything possible to make your online training experience as close as possible to actually being in the classroom. You can:

  • See and hear our trainer, and the other delegates participating in the course…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Watch our trainer demonstrate techniques in Captivate.
  • Interact by speaking, or using chat.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to take control to explain something.

Like our in-class courses, online Introduction to Captivate courses…

  • Are presented by Adobe Certified Instructors.
  • Give you plenty of opportunity to carry out assisted, practical exercises using Captivate.
  • Offer 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

All you need is an Internet-connected computer with…

  • Captivate installed. If you don’t have access to Captivate, we can usually send you a link to fully-functional trial software to download and install.
  • A webcam and audio capability. If your computer running Captivate doesn’t have these, you can use a second device, such as another computer or tablet. See Hardware recommendations for live online training for further details.

If there’s anything you’re not sure about we’ll do our best to help you. We won’t, however, be able to assist with your Captivate installation.

We provide everything else…

  • Links to download the files, resources, etc. you’ll use in your course.
  • A training guide. For most courses, you can choose from a printed copy that we post to you, or a PDF.

In the week before your course, we’ll send you an email containing everything you need to prepare for and participate in the training. Then, a couple of days before your course, we’ll give you a courtesy call to make sure you have everything in place and answer any questions you may have.

Please note that we are not able to record scheduled online courses for privacy reasons.

When you attend live online training, you’re participating in a real course, hosted by a real trainer, in real time


“Thank you for another very useful course. The trainer was able to answer any questions asked.”

Sabrina S

“Mark is a great teacher, he spoke through each step in such detail so that everyone could understand, he was very helpful when anyone was to ask him a question, he would take time to help everyone.”

Amy I

“Trainer was clear and happy to answer any questions. Pace and pitch were good.”

Jane W

“Great course, with a lot of useful information packed into the two day course. The interactive elements keep it interesting.”

Victoria B

“Very useful and informative course. Thank you.”

Chris B

“Really engaging and well delivered course, Thank you”

Jo-Anne B

“Mark's delivery was excellent especially with a mix of experience and technology challenges to deal with. ”

Tom R

“I really enjoyed the course and Mark was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout.”

James W

“Very knowledgeable trainer, inclusive course and very enjoyable. I look forward to using my new found skills”

Ben K

“Thanks once again for some great training from Mark. Very helpful and very knowledgeable person. ”

George S

“My trainer, Mark, was willing and able to answer all of my questions and he was happy demonstrate and go back to show me some things again if I still had questions or wanted to practice myself.”

Hannah W

“My trainer, Mark, was willing and able to answer all of my questions and he was happy demonstrate and go back to show me some things again if I still had questions or wanted to practice myself.”

Hannah W

“I went into this course with the opinion that Captivate was awkward and unusable, but have come away not only with a far better understanding, but an excitement to try out new things and less fear of experimenting with it. I put this down entirely to Mark's knowledge and fun approach to training us - ensuring that we understand what we are doing whilst moving at a decent pace. Cannot recommend this course, and Mark in particular, highly enough.”

Kylie T

“Good days training, Mark covered all of the subject we requested in a clear concise way and answered all of our questions.”

Mark S

“Mark was knowledgeable and delivered the course in a clear and concise manner at a pace that was easy to follow and he was more than
happy to go over anything again if needed. The room was comfortable and the technical equipment including computers and screens used to complete the course were good. I would recommend this course for Adobe Captivate training.”

Angela O

“Very comprehensive content and a very knowledgeable tutor.”

Catherine R

“Very informative this will definitely help the development of my elearning workshops moving forward.”

Tom M

“Outstanding training experience, lots of knowledge.”

Darron H

“Very knowledgeable trainer, lots of good practical examples. Started with basic explanations and moved into more advanced topics quickly. Lots of useable content.”

Mika S

“The training is step by step and takes you through in a logical way enabling you to be able to create straight after the training.”

Kate A

“Thorough introduction for someone with no previous experience.”

John C

“I would recommend this training even if you have an intermediate knowledge of Captivate as best practices are shown.”

Matt V

“Training was delivered in a professional and logical sequence and catered for all abilities.”

Chris R

“It was extremely useful and I learned a lot.”

Laura H

“I would definitely recommend this training to colleagues as it was very informative and useful.”

Susan C

“Greta was wonderful - smiley, patient and very helpful. Thanks Greta!”

Charlotte R

“Very useful course - acts as the perfect introduction to using Captivate. Tutor is also very supportive and handles questions well.”

Donovan L

“An excellent learning experience.”

Jason W

“Overall a very useful and helpful course, I will be able to go back to the office and start updating the e-Learning files that need amending.”

Karly P

“Mark was very knowledgeable and gave some good general examples.”

Pauline M

“The course content has been very well organised. The delivery and learning environment was over and above my expectations. I really would like to come back again for more Captivate & other training sessions once I've had an opportunity to use these new skills.”

Adelaide N

“The course was tailored well, with good pacing and and delivery style. Thank you.”

Jacqui N

“Perfectly explained the essentials of this powerful software. The instructor adapted very well to everybody's different learning speeds. Great course.”

Ursula B

“We all thoroughly enjoyed the course. Mark was brilliant, very knowledgeable, well prepared and made things very easy and clear for us to understand. We learnt so much and are looking forward to being able to put these things into practice with our own work. The organisation of the course went well too, both before the day and during. It all went very smoothly with just the right amount of contact.”

Cheryl H

“You learn so much in a short amount of time.”

Leslie C

“Great course, and felt supported throughout.”

Luke M

“This training is ideal for anyone starting out with Captivate, the trainer is very knowledgeable and helpful.”

Brendan M

“Course delivered with great pace and Mark gave additional explanations where needed.”

Anne D

“All information was relevant and Mark allowed time for us to understand every area we discussed.”

Angie K

“Great course thank you. Lots of new knowledge gained over the last two days. This is ideal for my job. Thank you.”

Anthony S

“Lots of very useful assets and examples of materials to be used in the workshop sessions.”

Richard B

“Great course with great accomodation and trainer. I would recommend course and provider to colleagues and others.”

Chris B

“I loved Greta's training style. She was very laid back and unflappable but still constantly on the ball. We were not an easy group to please (mixture of IT professionals and HR) but she nailed it. The training was instructor led but had a workshop feel so we could see and understands its benefit. Thank you Greta”

Lindsay C