Basic Excel Training

Microsoft Excel has become the de facto spreadsheet program used by business and government organizations throughout Canada. Demand for people with basic Excel skills has never been higher.

Woman Taking Basic Excel Training Course

Our basic Excel training is focused on essential spreadsheet skills. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to utilize a range of formulas and time-saving functions, apply consistent formatting in an efficient manner, and utilize various views to optimize worksheets for printing.

Many progressive organizations now include basic Excel training as part of their onboarding process. Whether your team is in the private sector or part of the Government of Canada, establishing a consistent set of basic Excel skills will benefit your group immensely.

We offer several delivery options designed to make establishing a consistent skillset in Excel simple and painless.

Delivery Options and Pricing for Basic Excel Training

Due to COVID-19 / social distancing requirements, all courses are currently being delivered remotely via Online LIVE training sessions. Leveraging platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, we are able provide training to participants anywhere in Canada.

Excel Basics Workshop / Focused 3-Hour Format

The 3-hour Excel Basics workshop can be scheduled from 9:00am – noon or 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


$169 per person plus HST. Minimum enrollment required. Discounted pricing is available for groups of 6 or more, non-profit organizations, and Government of Canada employees.


The Excel Basics workshop comes with:

  • Quick reference card
  • Practice files

Core concepts are prioritized, participants are encouraged to apply new skills during the workshop, and time is allocated for Q&A after each section.

Look something more in depth? Check out our other Microsoft Excel training options.

Basic Excel Skills

The following basic Excel skills are recommended for anyone seeking to develop competency working with spreadsheets.

  • Creating spreadsheets
  • File management tasks
  • Working with columns and rows
  • Editing cells
  • Copying and moving data
  • Using Autofill
  • Utilizing formulas and functions
  • Relative and absolute cell addresses
  • Formatting and viewing worksheets
  • Workbook views
  • Previewing and printing workbooks

Learning Objectives for our Basic Excel Courses

Here is a detailed list of learning objectives for our Basic Excel courses.

Creating Spreadsheets – This section explores the two primary methods of creating new spreadsheets: creating a blank spreadsheet and utilizing templates.

File Management Tasks – Participants learn how to open and save Excel files. Navigating to OneDrive, local storage, and network folders are covered.

Working with Columns and Rows – This section covers adding and removing columns and rows in an Excel worksheet. Various methods of adjusting the size of columns and rows are included in this topic.

Editing Cells – Coverage includes various methods for editing text, numbers, and formulas in cells.

Copying and Moving Data – Various methods for copying and moving data are presented.

Using Autofill – Participants learn to use Autofill to copy text and numbers and create a fill series.

Utilizing Formulas and Functions – Several options are explored to facilitate performing calculations in Excel. Coverage emphasizes proper syntax when using various mathematical operators, formulas, and functions.

Relative and Absolute Cell Addresses – Coverage of relative and absolute cell addresses is included to help users build scalable worksheets.

Formatting and Viewing Worksheets – Consistent formatting has been shown to make spreadsheets easier to analyze and interpret. Techniques for formatting text, numbers, and visual elements in a spreadsheet are covered. Additionally, participants are shown various ways to view and interact with data.

Workbook Views – Microsoft Excel lets you view your data in various ways. Several views are presented to help participants optimize spreadsheets for printing.

Page Setup – Available settings are explored designed to help participants print and share Excel worksheets.

Previewing and Printing Workbooks – This section explores the most important options for previewing and printing Excel workbooks.

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