Introduced in 1987, Microsoft Excel is the quintessential spreadsheet app. It contains more functions and features than the competition, and offers powerful filters for displaying data exactly as you want.
Armada offers Excel training courses to users at all levels:
- Introduction to Microsoft Excel (1 day)
- Intermediate Microsoft Excel (1 day)
- Advanced Microsoft Excel (1 day)
Microsoft Excel training is arranged on-request, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed course’ for your group. We can provide your training in-class at one of our centres, at your venue, or online.
Your training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing.
You can, for example, build your own Excel course, choosing some introductory-level topics, and some intermediate, some advanced, and even topics not listed on our standard syllabuses.
Exercises provide activity-based experience, helping you build confidence using Excel. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business, for example we can base them on your spreadsheets.
Been furloughed? You can still participate in training without this affecting your furloughed status, as confirmed on gov.uk.
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.
Expert Microsoft Excel trainers
Microsoft Excel training is hosted by highly experienced instructors. See Expert trainers.
Introduction to Microsoft Excel training (1 day)
Provides a thorough grounding in Microsoft Excel, teaching the key skills you need to navigate and starting using Excel. The topics covered include:
- Program fundamentals.
- Opening, saving and closing a spreadsheet.
- Basic formulae.
Prerequisites: You should have a working knowledge of Windows. No prior Excel knowledge is necessary.
Intermediate Microsoft Excel training (1 day)
Following on from our introductory-level course, this course explores further features including:
- Creating and working with charts.
- Managing workbooks
- More functions and formulas.
- Working with data ranges.
- Working with tables.
Prerequisites: You should be familiar with the fundamentals of Excel, i.e. have attended Introduction to Excel training or have equivalent knowledge.
Advanced Microsoft Excel training (1 day)
Delves deeper into Excel, exploring the more advanced features available and teaching techniques for improving speed and efficiency. You learn about:
- Data Analysis.
- Working with the Web and external data.
- Advanced LOOKUP.
- Document collaboration.
- Customising Excel.
Prerequisites: You should have attended Intermediate Microsoft Excel training or have equivalent knowledge.
Training guide and certificate
Course delegates receive:
- A comprehensive training guide for Excel, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
- An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Excel training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.
After course support
Following Excel training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.
Training can be based on any recent version of Excel.
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 Microsoft Office 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.
Cancellations and postponements
If an on-request Microsoft Excel course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.
If an on-request Microsoft Excel course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.
Terms and conditions
Microsoft Excel training courses are hosted by:
Simon has been a Microsoft Trainer and Consultant since 2007.
He has expert knowledge of a wide range of applications in the Office family. As well as the mainstream products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, etc., he hosts courses in the more niche tools including Yammer, Teams, Sway, Office365 Video and Planner.
When training, Simon strives to build confidence in all attendees. He achieves this by engaging and interacting with them, creating good rapport and enabling them to be involved. In doing this, Simon forms a high-quality learning environment that makes it easy for people to learn.
Doug is a skilled instructor with over 25 years’ experience of delivery training in Microsoft Office and related applications, including Project, SharePoint, Teams and VBA.
In recent years, Doug has delivered training to a wide range of blue-chip companies and public sector organisations including the United Nations, the RAF, Police, NHS, Etihad Airways and Astra Zeneca.
Doug holds an MBA, and he has numerous professional and training accreditations, including:
- Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
- Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Office and SharePoint
- European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) to Advanced Level
- Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Instructor (MCASI)
Wendy Sprakes is a Microsoft Master Instructor (MMI) and a qualified teacher (QTS).
Wendy began her working life as a CAD operator, working through the ranks of trainee draughtsman, graduating as a professional Mechanical Engineer, through to Project Engineer in the CAE Industry.
She then went on to qualify as a teacher, and has been hosting Microsoft Office courses since 2000. Wendy trains all applications in the Office suite, including Word, Excel and other, more niche applications such as Visio and Project, from beginner to advanced and customised level. Wendy has been a staff member, delivering IT and Project Management modules for Chesterfield College, and a course leader for Microsoft Project at Sheffield Hallam University for five years.
Away from training, Wendy is an accomplished jazz musician. Her music enjoys regular airplay on both regional and national stations including BBC and JazzFM.
Lynne Telfer is an Adobe Certified Instructor with over 25 years’ experience working as a professional trainer.
She has expert knowledge of:
- Adobe FrameMaker – both Unstructured and Structured use. In the late nineties, Lynne worked for Adobe as a trainer, hosting their FrameMaker courses. She’s provided training in the application ever since, and is an Adobe Certified Expert in the application.
- Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Lynne has expert knowledge of the key applications used for creative design: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.
- 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.
Tim is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Office Specialist, Master and Expert. He has vast experience training in all recent versions of Office, as well as related applications such as SharePoint, Project and Access.
Tim has worked in the IT Industry for over 30 years. Prior to specialising in Microsoft Office training, he held roles in software development, application design and project management.
Tim is passionate about training and is known for his approachable, relaxed style of delivery. He gets tremendous satisfaction from facilitating in the development of other people.
Introduction to Microsoft Project
- Starting Excel 2016
- What’s New in Excel 2016
- Understanding the Excel Program Screen
- Giving Commands
- Using Command Shortcuts
- Creating a New Workbook
- Opening a Workbook
- Previewing and Printing a Worksheet
- Saving a Workbook
- Closing a Workbook
- Using Help
- Exiting Excel
Getting Started with Worksheets
- Navigating a Worksheet
- Entering Labels and Values
- Selecting a Cell Range and Entering Data in a Cell Range
- Overview of Formulas and Cell References
- Entering Formulas
- Entering Content Automatically
- Referencing External Data
Editing a Worksheet
- Editing Cell Contents
- Copying and Moving Cells
- Controlling How Cells Are Moved or Copied
- Collecting Items to Move or Copy
- Checking Your Spelling
- Inserting Cells, Rows, and Columns
- Deleting Cells, Rows, and Columns
- Using Undo and Redo
- Finding and Replacing Content
- Adding Comments to Cells
- Tracking Changes
Formatting a Worksheet
- Formatting Text
- Formatting Values
- Adjusting Row Height and Column Width
- Working with Cell Alignment
- Adding Cell Borders and Background Colours
- Copying Formatting
- Applying and Removing Cell Styles
- Creating and Modifying Cell Styles
- Using Document Themes
- Applying Conditional Formatting
- Creating and Managing Conditional Formatting Rules
- Finding and Replacing Formatting
Intermediate Microsoft Project
Creating and Working with Charts
- Choosing and Selecting the Source Data
- Choosing the Right Chart
- Inserting a Chart
- Editing, Adding, and Removing Chart Data
- Changing Chart Data
- Changing Chart Layout and Style
- Working with Chart Labels
- Changing the Chart Gridlines
- Changing the Scale
- Emphasising Data
- Using Chart Templates
- Changing Chart Type
- Using Sparklines
- Using Workbook Views
- Selecting and Switching Between Worksheets
- Inserting and Deleting Worksheets
- Renaming, Moving, and Copying Worksheets
- Splitting and Freezing a Window
- Creating Headers and Footers
- Hiding Rows, Columns, Worksheets, and Windows
- Setting the Print Area
- Adjusting Page Margins and Orientation
- Adding Print Titles, Gridlines, and Row and Column Headings
- Adjusting Paper Size and Print Scale
- Printing a Selection, Multiple Worksheets, and Workbooks
- Working with Multiple Workbook Windows
- Creating a Template
- Protecting a Workbook
- Protecting Worksheets and Worksheet Elements
- Sharing a Workbook
More Functions and Formulas
- Formulas with Multiple Operators
- Inserting and Editing a Function
- AutoCalculate and Manual Calculation
- Defining Names
- Using and Managing Defined Names
- Displaying and Tracing Formulas
- Understanding Formula Errors
- Using Logical Functions (IF)
- Using Financial Functions (PMT)
- Using Database Functions (DSUM)
- Using Lookup Functions (VLOOKUP)
- User Defined and Compatibility Functions
- Financial Functions
- Date & Time Functions
- Math & Trig Functions
- Statistical Functions
- Lookup & Reference Functions
- Database Functions
- Text Functions
- Logical Functions
- Information Functions
- Engineering and Cube Functions
Working with Data Ranges
- Sorting by One Column
- Sorting by Colors or Icons
- Sorting by Multiple Columns
- Sorting by a Custom List
- Filtering Data
- Creating a Custom AutoFilter
- Using an Advanced Filter
Working with Tables
- Creating a Table
- Adding and Removing Data
- Working with the Total Row
- Sorting a Table
- Filtering a Table
- Removing Duplicate Rows of Data
- Formatting the Table
- Using Data Validation
- Summarising a Table with a PivotTable
- Converting to a Range
Advanced Microsoft Project
Working with PivotTables
- Creating a PivotTable
- Specifying PivotTable Data
- Changing a PivotTable’s Calculation
- Filtering and Sorting a PivotTable
- Working with PivotTable Layout
- Grouping PivotTable Items
- Updating a PivotTable
- Formatting a PivotTable
- Creating a PivotChart
- Using Slicers
- Sharing Slicers Between PivotTables
- Creating Scenarios
- Creating a Scenario Report
- Working with Data Tables
- Using Goal Seek
- Using Solver
- Using Text to Columns
- Grouping and Outlining Data
- Using Subtotals
- Consolidating Data by Position or Category
- Consolidating Data Using Formulas
Working with the Web and External Data
- Inserting a Hyperlink
- Importing Data from an Access Database or Text File
- Importing Data from the Web and Other Sources
- Working with Existing Data Connections
Working with Macros
- Recording a Macro
- Playing and Deleting a Macro
- Adding a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar
- Editing a Macro’s Visual Basic Code
- Inserting Copied Code in a Macro
- Declaring Variables and Adding Remarks to VBA Code
- Prompting for User Input
- Using the If…Then…Else Statement
- Customising the Ribbon
- Customising the Quick Access Toolbar
- Using and Customising AutoCorrect
- Changing Excel’s Default Options
- Creating a Custom AutoFill List
- Creating a Custom Number Format
Live online training
Live online training lets you participate in a Microsoft Office 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 Microsoft Office training…
- 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 Microsoft Excel courses are presented by expert 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 Microsoft Office.
- If you don’t have access to Microsoft Office 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.