Online Training: Excel Skills for your Distributed Team

Our online Excel classes have become very popular over the past few years. Our clients tell us they value our ability to deliver a consistent training experience to distributed teams across Canada and the United States.

Online learning is flexible and convenient. People can take a course anywhere there’s an Internet connection… but what should you know about taking an Excel course online?

In this article, I’ll attempt to answer the 6 questions I get asked most often by people who want to learn Excel. If I don’t answer your question specifically, feel free to get in touch!

1) Are Online Excel Courses Effective?

Most jobs require some knowledge of Excel. It has become the industry standard spreadsheet program and there is so much you can do with it!

People have many reasons for taking an Excel course. Some participants want to acquire basic Excel skills, others take training to learn about something specific like basic formulas, charts, or pivot tables.

Are online Excel courses effective?

Sounds good, right? But how effective is an online Excel class?

Clients tell us that our online Excel classes are very effective. Each Excel course is built around a carefully selected list of objectives. Participants are encouraged to apply new skills and ample time is allocated for questions and letting participants review key concepts at their own pace.

In the end, it really comes down to retention. After attending an online Excel class, were participants able to acquire new skills?

The vast majority of participants tell us our online Excel courses helped them become more proficient.

2) Do Online Excel Courses Come with a Certificate?

When you attend “in person” training session, you’ll usually get a certificate at the end of the course. Do online Excel classes come with a certificate?

You bet!

Each of our online Excel courses come with a certificate. Courses are built around an outline that ensures content is delivered consistently with full coverage of all objectives for each group that enrolls. A certificate is a great way to demonstrate a commitment to improving your Excel skills.

Participants learn Excel from the same experienced instructors that we use for our onsite courses. Nothing makes us happier than having our clients tell us that we offer the best online Excel classes they’ve taken!

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3) What Basic Microsoft Excel Skills Should Everyone Master?

Your group uses Microsoft Excel for tracking all massive amounts of data and you need to learn Excel for your job. Is there a list of basic Excel skills you should master to enhance your proficiency?

The list basic Excel skills that every user should master includes a knowledge of calculations, formatting, the ability to create charts, linking formulas, and printing spreadsheets. Excel users with these skills can easily perform common tasks.

Here is a list of Excel skills covered in our beginner and intermediate Excel courses.

Excel Formulas and Functions

Let’s face it… An Excel spreadsheet is all about calculations. Our basic Excel training includes coverage of formulas, mathematical operators, and order of operations.

The Level 1 and Level 2 Excel courses include coverage of built in functions like SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, MIN, MAX, and IF.

Excel Formatting

Consistent formatting makes it easier to understand and analyze data in Microsoft Excel.

Our online courses include coverage of text and number formatting, format painter, conditional formatting, and styles.

Excel Charts

Excel charts represent your data visually, making it easier to understand the relationship between values and identify trends.

Our Excel Level 2 course covers all the basics when it comes to charts. We explore creating column charts, pie charts, and show participants how to save their own charts as templates.

Linking Formulas

Linking formulas are valuable when data calculations need to be performed using multiple spreadsheets. Microsoft Excel lets users summarize and consolidate data in a number of ways. We explore several techniques in our online Excel classes.

Printing an Excel Sheet

The Level 1 course includes coverage of topics that allow users to easily perform common tasks related to printing. Topics include the page setup dialog box, margins, headers and footers, and related settings.

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4) Is Advanced Excel Training Available Online?

We offer two online courses for participants seeking to develop advanced Excel skills: Excel Level 3 Data Management and Excel Level 3 Spreadsheet Analysis. Check out our course overviews for details on these advanced excel training sessions.

Excel Level 3 Data Management

Our Excel Level 3 Data Management course includes all of the advanced stuff. This online Excel class explores working with data lists and tables, sorting and filtering, plus advanced functions like VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP, automatic subtotals, and Pivot Tables.

Excel Level 3 Spreadsheet Analysis

Our Excel Level 3 Spreadsheet Analysis course is intended for people who want to learn advanced Excel skills with a focus on financial analysis.

Topics include relative, absolute, and mixed cell references. The course also explores functions that help you do financial calculations like PMT, FV, and PV. The session covers data analysis with features like the Scenario Manager, Goal Seek, and the Solver.

If you’re looking for advanced Excel training, we’ve got you covered!

Data analyst using advanced formulas

5) Does Advanced Excel Training Include Data Analysis?

According to Wikipedia, data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modelling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making.

Our advanced excel training sessions will help you acquire the skills you’ll need to analyze data and master the advanced formulas and complex tasks used by top financial analysts, business analysts, and project managers.

All of our advanced Excel training sessions are available online and include coverage of data analysis topics. We’re proud of our advanced Excel training – and our clients regularly tell us that we provide the best online Excel classes in the industry!

6) How Much do Online Excel Classes Cost?

While there are many factors that you should consider when selecting a training partner, potential clients want to know how much online Excel classes cost.

We use a simple pricing model. Each of our Excel courses cost $275 per person. There are minimum enrollment requirements and we offer discounted pricing for groups of 6 or more, government employees, and non profits.

Our online Excel classes provide an effective and affordable way to learn Excel.

Are You Ready to Learn Microsoft Excel Online?

I hope you’ve found this article helpful and informative. Taking Excel training online can be a convenient and highly effective way to learn about this industry standard spreadsheet program no matter where you are.

If you have additional questions about our courses, or you’d like to schedule some Excel training for your group, don’t hesitate to contact us.

By Michael Belfry

Working as a full-time training consultant, Michael provides Microsoft Office courses to government and private sector clients across Canada.