MadCap Flare training
Intermediate MadCap Flare training

2 days
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Key details

Key details

MadCap Flare training course for beginners, teaching key techniques for developing professional-standard online help in a variety of formats.

MadCap Flare is a state-of-the-art, XML-based solution for online help development. Help can be generated in a variety of formats, suitable for viewing on computers and mobile devices.

Our Intermediate MadCap Flare course teaches how to use Flare to create a working help project with media-rich content and full navigation features. You learn how to work efficiently and effectively with Flare, becoming familiar with features including variables, conditional text and multi-format publishing.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating and configuring TOCs, glossaries, indexes, and the full-text search
  • Linking to topics, websites, and PDFs
  • Adding drop-down, expanding, and toggler links
  • Designing content using stylesheets and table stylesheets
  • Designing targets using master pages, skins, and page layouts
  • Single sourcing using condition tags
  • Reusing content using variables and snippets
  • Sharing files between projects
  • Setting up, building, and publishing print and online targets

This course is ideal for:

  • New users, and users with a small amount of Flare experience.
  • Those who have developed online help using a similar tool.

Intermediate MadCap Flare training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) MadCap Flare courses. This approach means that we can tailor your training to take into account the type of online help and/or print documentation you want to produce.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK. Whilst attending training at our centres, delegates have the use of a computer running licensed MadCap Flare software to practice the techniques taught. If hosted at your centre, we can provide temporary MadCap Flare licenses for your training computers.


MadCap offer a days’ basic training (online) free-of-charge. It is a prerequisite of our Intermediate MadCap Flare course that delegates have taken this course.

Online training available

Intermediate MadCap Flare is also available as a three-day online course.

Accredited MadCap Flare training

Armada’s Flare training is MadCap-accredited.

Courses are hosted by Matthew Ellison, a MadCap-Certified Instructor.

Training certificate

Course delegates receive an e-certificate confirming successful completion of a MadCap-accredited Intermediate MadCap Flare training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

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

MadCap Flare version

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


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 MadCap Flare training can be made bank transfer or card.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

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 Intermediate MadCap Flare course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Intermediate MadCap Flare 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 trainer

Expert trainer

Matthew Ellison

Trainer Matthew Ellison

MadCap Flare courses are hosted by Matthew Ellison.

Matthew has over 30 years’ experience working as a user assistance and eLearning professional in the software industry. Some of this time was spent managing a team of writers and trainers at a UK-based consulting company, before enjoying a period in the US as Director of the WinWriters (now WritersUA) Conference.

Matthew has a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering and a PGCE. He is a MadCap-Certified Instructor and an expert in many other user assistance tools and technologies. He has also been a part-time lecturer at Portsmouth University for the MA Technical Communication course.

Matthew has been a popular speaker at conferences in Europe and the US for many years. He regularly publishes articles and reviews on user assistance tools and technology.

Course content

Course content

Course overview

  • Welcome
  • Target Audience
  • Course Overview
  • Preparing Your Computer for the Course

Table of contents

  • Using Multiple TOCs
  • Creating a TOC Book
  • Creating a TOC Page
  • Using Drag-and-Drop to Add Books and Pages to a TOC
  • Re-arranging Items in the TOC Editor
  • Finding Topics that Are Not in the TOC
  • Locating a Topic in the Content Explorer
  • Opening Topics from the TOC
  • Adding Index Terms Using the Index Entry Window
  • Automatically Adding Index Terms
  • About the Full-text Search
  • Creating a Search Synonym File
  • Adding Directional and Group Synonyms


  • The Glossary Editor
  • Adding Terms to the Glossary
  • Adding Popup Glossary Definitions to Online Targets
  • Reviewing the Glossary and Glossary Links
  • Cross References and Hyperlinks
  • Linking to a Topic with a Cross Reference
  • Linking to a Bookmark
  • Linking with a Popup
  • Linking to a PDF with a Hyperlink
  • Linking to a Website with a Hyperlink
  • Viewing Links
  • Finding and Fixing Broken Links
  • Inserting a Drop-down Link
  • Inserting an Expanding Text Link
  • Inserting a Toggler Link


  • About Styles
  • About Inline Formatting and Stylesheets
  • Creating a Stylesheet
  • Modifying a Style
  • Applying a Stylesheet to All Topics
  • Applying a Topic-level Stylesheet
  • Creating a Style
  • Applying a Style Class
  • Using Medium Types
  • Learning More

Master pages

  • Creating a Master Page
  • Adding a Proxy to a Master Page
  • Adding Content to a Master Page
  • Applying a Master Page to a Target

Page layouts

  • Creating a Page Layout
  • Adding Content to a Header or Footer
  • Setting the Page Size and Margins
  • Viewing Topics in a Page Layout Mode
  • Applying a Page Layout to a Target


  • Skin Design Options
  • Creating a Skin
  • Editing a Skin
  • Applying a Skin to a Target

Condition tags

  • Creating a Tag
  • Applying a Tag to a File or Folder
  • Applying a Tag to Content
  • Viewing a Topic Using Tags
  • Previewing a Topic Using Tags

Variables and snippets

  • Creating a Variable
  • Modifying a Variable
  • Inserting a Variable
  • Hiding Variable Names and Highlighting Definitions
  • Creating a Snippet from Existing Content
  • Creating a Snippet
  • Inserting a Snippet into a Topic
  • Editing a Snippet
  • Importing Files from a Flare Project
  • About External Resource Linking
  • Importing an External Resource
  • Synchronising External Resources

Targets and output types

  • Selecting an Output Type
  • Scenarios for Output Types
  • Determining How Many Targets You Need
  • Scenarios for Targets
  • Creating and Configuring Targets

HTML5 and Clean XHTML

  • Browser Compatibility
  • Adding Meta Descriptions for SEO
  • Creating an HTML5 Target
  • Configuring an HTML5 Target
  • Building an HTML5 Target
  • Creating a Publishing Destination
  • Publishing an HTML5 Target


  • About PDF and EPUB Targets
  • How Online Features Convert to PDF Documents
  • Creating a PDF Target
  • Configuring a PDF Target
  • Building a PDF Target

Microsoft Word

  • Creating a Word Document
  • How Online Features Convert to Word Documents
  • Creating a Word Target
  • Configuring a Word Target
  • Building a Word Target


  • Track Changes, Annotations, and Reviews
  • Source Control
  • Context-sensitive Help
  • MadCap Pulse
  • SharePoint Integration


  • File Tags and Project Reports
  • Importing RoboHelp Project
  • Importing Doc-to-Help Projects


“Really great overview and introduction to the programme from a novice level. Matthew was a wonderful trainer and could not have been more helpful in regard to our many and varied questions. I now feel confident to go back and use the programme for real.”

Nadine C

“Very clearly explained. Questions answered very well. Topics covered very well and approach was practical and useful.”

Patrick L

“Very friendly trainer, a very good course.”

Roger D

“A highly enjoyable course - very useful and Matthew is a great trainer, very enthusiastic and helpful.”

Ben B

“I found every part of the course helpful, including the instructor's willingness to explore topics relevant to our needs and his broad understanding of various topics.”

John S

“I found the general navigation and basic concepts of Flare useful. Also, answers and tips to specific problems I had been encountering with Flare before. I have learned a lot to implement in my documentation when I return to the office.”

Zeenat S

“Excellent Flare training, completely tailored to our needs. The entire process, from initial enquiry through to course completion, was very smooth and problem-free, with an extremely knowledgeable instructor. This is the second time I've used Armada Training, and I would have no reservations about recommending them to others.”

Jane B

“The Flare training was an excellent training course, very responsive, useful and with a highly-knowledgeable presenter. We're now inspired to transform our documentation!”

David B

“A very good course, learnt good shortcuts, reinforced some things I needed more practice with, learnt how to maximise use of selection tools especially.”

Jane P

“Excellent course, filled in a lot of gaps giving a good grounding in a wide range of techniques providing affirm foundation for the future. Highly recommended.”

Terry C

Remote training is available for our most popular courses. For a limited time, we’re offering discounts off the usual course price. See Remote training.