Adobe Captivate training
Introduction to Captivate training

2 days
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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

This course is ideal for newcomers to Captivate, and those with limited Captivate experience.

Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on

In-class or online

In-class courses are now available to book again. We’re taking comprehensive measures to ensure your health and well-being – fewer people in-class, you won’t sit next to another person, comprehensive cleaning. To read more, see Covid-19 measures.

You can participate in this course online, from your place of work or home, at a discounted price. To read about how this works, see Live online training.

Upcoming course dates

Accredited Captivate training

Armada is an Adobe Authorised Training Centre (AATC), accredited by Adobe to provide Captivate training.

Courses are hosted by highly experienced instructors. For details, see Expert trainers.

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.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Captivate training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Captivate, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an Adobe‑accredited Captivate training course. 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 bank transfer or card.

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

If you’re self-funding your training, you can pay in staged payments, interest-free, over 12 months.

For further details, see training course payment options.


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 is a long-established Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) and an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Captivate.

Mark uses Captivate extensively in his professional work as an e-Learning developer. He is a recognised expert in all aspects of e-Learning, including hosting and LMS development.

Mark is also an expert user of Adobe Animate, which he uses to create animations to incorporate into his e-learning tutorials, bring them to life.

Prior to focusing on e-Learning, Mark worked in website development and Flash programming.

Away from e-Learning training and development, 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.

Greta Powell

Greta Powell Autodesk Certified Instructor

Greta is long-established consultant and trainer in graphic design, print and digital publishing, specialising in Adobe’s key creative applications – InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator – and the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

She also specialises in e-learning development using an array of tools including Adobe’s Captivate and Presenter applications, and Articulate Storyline.

Greta has worked as a consultant to some of the biggest publishing companies in Europe.

Away from her training and consultancy work, Greta has a passion for photography.

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


Live online training

Live online training

Live online training lets you participate in a real 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 see the other delegates participating in the Captivate training…
    Live online training - see your trainer and the other course delegates
  • Interact by speaking, using chat, or raising your ‘virtual hand’ if you need assistance.
  • Share your screen with our trainer, and allow them to control it to demonstrate something.

We endeavour to provide you with the best online training experience…

  • Online Introduction to Captivate courses are presented by Adobe Certified Instructors, following the same syllabus as our classroom-based courses.
  • You receive comprehensive training materials.
  • Your training is hands-on. You carry out assisted exercises using Captivate.
  • If you don’t have access to Captivate software, we’ll send you a link to fully-functional trial software that you can download and install.
  • You’re entitled to 30 days’ email support from your trainer.

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

All you need is an internet-connected computer and a webcam – see Hardware recommendations for live online training. The setup is simple, but if there’s anything you’re not sure about we’re here to help.

For a limited time, we’re offering discounts for bookings on live online courses.

Complementary services

Complementary services

We offer a range of services to support your Adobe Captivate e-learning development.

Bureau service

If you have a peak workload, or require assistance with a specific project, Armada’s in-house team of highly experienced e-learning developers can carry out Captivate development work for you. We’ll be happy to quote for any project you’re looking to outsource.

We can create high-quality e-learning material from your defined brief, or we can help you create your storyboard for maximum impact. If you have existing material, we can import and re-use it wherever practical to reduce your costs.

Clients for whom our team has completed successful projects include Arqiva, Honda, Priory Group and Securewest International.


We can host your e-learning courses on Armada’s Learning Management System (LMS). We can provide you with an administrator account to manage your courses and content yourself, or you can leave everything to us and we’ll supply you with regular reports on course participation, results and more.


We can assist you with the production of audio to include in your Captivate tutorials. We can:

  • Provide spoken narrative, sourced by voiceover professionals.
  • Edit your audio. We can trim and repair audio clips, add effects, set levels and mix.

Video production

We can produce professional-standard video footage to incorporate into your Captivate tutorials. We can cover all aspects of the filming process including:

  • Production
    We’ll film the scenes you want to include in your tutorials. With 25 years’ experience, our cinematographers/camera operators know how to convey your message with maximum visual impact. All equipment is provided, including cameras, lighting, microphones, etc.
  • Post-production
    From the footage recorded, we’ll produce professional-standard video, with audio and visual effects, that tells the story you require.


Our consultants can provide expert advice on best practice and approach for your e-learning development. We can:

  • Advise on which Learning Management System (LMS) best meets your requirements.
  • Create standards and design templates for your team to use.


“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

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

Chris B

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

Richard B

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

Anthony S

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

Angie K

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

Anne D

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

Brendan M

“Great course, and felt supported throughout.”

Luke M

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

Leslie C

“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

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

Ursula B

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

Jacqui N

“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

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

Pauline M

“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

“An excellent learning experience.”

Jason W

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

Donovan L

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

Charlotte R

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

Susan C

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

Laura H

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

Chris R

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

Matt V

“Thorough introduction for someone with no previous experience.”

John C

“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

“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

“Outstanding training experience, lots of knowledge.”

Darron H

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

Tom M

“Very comprehensive content and a very knowledgeable tutor.”

Catherine R

“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

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

Mark S

“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