Microsoft Excel – Basic & Advanced

Looking for an Excel course for beginners to experts? This online course has something for everyone, covering beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons in Excel.

Course Description

In 49 engaging lessons you will learn basic techniques including how to use math, statistical, logic and text functions, organize data by sorting and filtering, effectively present your data in several chart formats and more. You will also learn intermediate and advanced techniques such as how to find a value with VLOOKUP, create and format PivotTables, record basic Macros and more.

Whether you use Excel for work or study, these tutorials will start you on your journey to becoming an Excel Ninja! Learn more about how a GoSkills Excel certification can boost your career.

The course is Microsoft Excel 2010, 2013 and 2016 compliant. Videos are recorded in Microsoft Excel 2016 and 2013 for PC, and where the user interface is significantly different, Excel 2010 videos are provided too.

Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines for continuing professional development.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.

Additional Details

Upon successful completion of a course, the learner will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
About Instructor:

Ken Puls - Excel MVP

Ken is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in Canada, who never remembers life without spreadsheets and computers! Since the late 1990s, he has spent his career in the hospitality and tourism industry, in the finance and IT fields. Ken is currently the Director of IT at a resort on Vancouver Island.

To this day, he dedicates a significant portion of his time to developing automated solutions and internal controls, as well as focusing time and energy on improving Business Intelligence systems. Through his work, he designs and develops new systems, using such technology as Excel spreadsheets and VBA (Excel's programming language), automating as many tasks as possible, and thereby saving significant costs and maximizing efficiencies. Ken says, “I love the power that Excel puts at my finger tips and I’m still amazed by the things it can do.”

Ken has worked as a freelance MS Office developer, mainly in Excel, but also with Access, Word and Outlook, and currently teaches courses whenever he can. Ken’s true passion lies with sharing his knowledge about Excel, and teaching people how to get the most from it.

Ken runs a popular site solely dedicated to Excel training. Even NASA has made use of it, using some of his PDFCreator examples to automate the production of PDF reports that monitor the power supply levels on the International Space Station!

Ken was awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional – Excel award in 2006; a distinction he has won every year since! The Microsoft MVP Award recognizes exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others. In Microsoft's words, "MVPs are a highly select group of experts representing technology's best and brightest who share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others." Worldwide, there are over 100 million participants in technical communities; of these participants, there are fewer than 4000 active Microsoft MVPs. Of this pool of MVPs, fewer than 200 hold the distinction of MVP-Excel globally.

Course Outline

Identify the terminology and elements of the Ribbon.
Recognize the main terms used to describe Excel’s work canvas.
Utilize the keyboard or mouse to select cells and ranges in a spreadsheet.
Create your first Excel file, enter data and create a table.
Format cells by selecting fonts and color fills to make information more attractive.
Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.
Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy
Learn about working with absolute and relative cell referencing, and techniques for copying formulas.
Use to understand the anatomy of Excel functions, and what their components mean.
Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND and SUBTOTAL.
Learn basic statistical functions including COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, MEDIAN and MODE.
Learn to build standalone logical IF functions, and make them more complex by nesting AND and OR within them.
Learn to break apart text with the LEFT, RIGHT, MID, FIND and SEARCH functions, and to combine text with the & character.
Understand how dates work in Excel using the TODAY, YEAR, MONTH, DAY and DATE functions.
Understand how time works in Excel, and how to change from whole numbers into time increments and back again.
Learn to work with formula auditing tools including tracing precedent and dependent cells and formula evaluation.
Learn to use SUMIF, COUNTIF and SUMPRODUCT to add cells only when certain conditions are met.
Learn about creating and updating external links, and about the potential dangers of external links in Excel.
Learn to work with the EOMONTH and EDATE functions that easily shift dates from one month or year to another.
Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an approximate match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.
Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an exact match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.
Learn to work with INDEX, MATCH and HLOOKUP, as alternatives to the VLOOKUP function.
Learn to sort data in Excel by a single column or by multiple columns.
Learn to filter Excel data for specific words, dates, and apply multiple filters to a single data table.
Learn tricks for consolidating your data so it's vertically contiguous (without blank rows) – for Tables, PivotTables and Charts.
Learn about creating named ranges, and the benefits of doing so.
Learn about creating Excel tables, and their advantages.
Learn to record basic Excel macros to automate your actions (instead of doing them manually).
Learn to create and modify basic PivotTables (for quickly summarizing and highlighting data).
Learn to control formatting and other options in PivotTables.
Learn to create and modify basic calculated fields for PivotTables.
Learn to perform what-if analysis in Excel using the Scenario Manager and Goal-Seek.
Learn to work with the Format Cells dialog to apply text rotation and borders, and to center data across multiple cells.
Learn about adding and working with Excel’s outlining tools to quickly hide irrelevant sections of your worksheet.
Learn to build your own custom number formats to display dates, values and variances how you want to see them.
Learn to create top/bottom and highlight cell rules, as well as to apply icon sets and data bars.
Learn to create custom conditional formatting rules based on formulas.
Learn how to create an effective column chart by reducing ink and 'noise' that distract from the main messages.
How to create an effective bar chart by reducing ink and noise that distract from the story.
Learn how to build an effective pie chart, and when you should and shouldn’t use them.
How to create an effective line chart through careful manipulation of chart elements to enhance its story telling ability.
When you want to graph 3 line series, but only want 2 in focus most of the time.
Learn how to use Data Validation to ensure that users enter valid data in input cells.
Use to restrict users ability to enter invalid data in cells by providing them with a drop down list of valid options.
Learn about creating, reviewing and printing Excel comments.
Learn how to apply built-in number styles and create your own custom styles packages.
Learn how to create and manage Custom Views in a worksheet.
Learn about page setup options, fitting print jobs on a page, headers and footers, and other ways to customize print jobs.
Learn about the setup and weaknesses of Excel’s security systems.


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