This online course is 6 weeks long, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week. You are not required to be online at any specific time. You register and pay on our website and instructions on how to access your course will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

The actual time commitment involved in completing any given lesson can vary significantly based on a number of factors including reading speed, familiarity with the topic, related experience, the amount of time spent completing optional assignments, and involvement with discussion board. For planning purposes we suggest setting aside 1 hour per lesson as a starting point.

Advanced Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365

Advanced Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365

$190 + applicable tax

Most organizations rely heavily on Microsoft Excel to consolidate, analyze, and report financial information and other important data. Your company is probably no exception. If you work with data of any kind, learning Excel’s advanced functions to taking on greater responsibilities in your organization.

This course will help you master many features in Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365 that most users don't know exist. You will learn the secret to using formula-based conditional formatting as a creative solution to common issues. You will also learn how to leverage Excel’s Power Query tool to import and transform data from about any data source. By the time you finish this course, you will have mastered Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365 and will be able to better serve your company’s data management needs.

Week 1 Wednesday - Lesson 1

Customizing Excel
To kick things off, your first lesson explores different ways you can modify Excel to streamline processes and make your work easier. You will use the Excel Options dialog box to customize some of Excel's behind-the-scenes behavior and set up your Quick Access Toolbar.

Week 1 Friday - Lesson 2

Table Management
This lesson explores Excel’s table management features, using data forms with Excel databases, and alternative database techniques. You will be glad to know that formatting and working with tables has gotten much easier in this latest version of Excel.

Week 2 Wednesday - Lesson 3

Data Validation
In this lesson, you will tackle data validation techniques—your first line of defense against incorrect or missing data and the logical next step after data forms. You will practice using whole number, decimal, date, time, list, and other forms of validation.

Week 2 Friday - Lesson 4

Custom Controls
This lesson will introduce you to custom controls—graphical objects that help facilitate data input and are sure to impress users. You will learn how to create standard and drop-down list boxes, check boxes, option buttons, and group boxes.

Week 3 Wednesday - Lesson 5

Conditional Formatting
This lesson will teach you how to use conditional formatting. You will learn how to use conditional formatting to hide errors, to highlight records based on multiple criteria, to track and alert you about due dates, to find the differences between two lists, to shade every other row, and more.

Week 3 Friday - Lesson 6

Consolidating and Outlining
In this lesson, you will learn how to use Excel's consolidation function to efficiently summarize data from multiple sources. Many Excel users do this the hard way, but with Excel's automatic consolidation feature, you will no longer need to develop a web of formula links to multiple sources.

Week 4 Wednesday - Lesson 7

Excel Functions and Nesting
Excel's functions are too numerous to cover in just one lesson, so this lesson focuses on a few important ones spanning four categories: Logical, Database, Math & Trig, and Lookup & Reference.

Week 4 Friday - Lesson 8

Import External Data
This lesson focuses on importing external data. You will learn how to use the built-in Query Editor using Excel’s powerful Power Query tool and import external database that combines two database tables into a single import.

Week 5 Wednesday - Lesson 9

Data Tables
Data tables are very powerful what-if analysis tools that are great for analyzing potential outcomes of personal or business financial decisions. In this lesson, you will learn how to use two different types of data tables.

Week 5 Friday - Lesson 10

What-If Analysis Tools
This lesson explores three more of Excel's what-if analysis tools: Goal Seek, Scenario Manager, and Solver.

Week 6 Wednesday - Lesson 11

Advanced PivotTables
In this lesson, you will discover how to use PivotTables, which are excellent for summarizing massive amounts of data and viewing different cuts of the information quickly. There are two methods for creating PivotTables, and you will practice using both.

Week 6 Friday - Lesson 12

Analysis ToolPak, Advanced Filter, Array Formulas, and More!
Your final lesson with a look at the functions available in the Analysis ToolPak, including Moving Average and Sampling tools. You will learn how to use the View Side by Side tool and how to use the Watch Window to keep tabs on your data when you're updating a workbook.


Hardware Requirements: This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Mac users.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows 10 or later operating systems.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Excel, a subscription to Office 365, or Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 (not included in enrollment) 
    • Note: The "Starter Version" and "Web App" versions of Microsoft Excel will not work with the full version of Excel taught in this course.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other: Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of Microsoft Excel’s uses and functions or completion of Introduction to Microsoft Excel & Intermediate Microsoft Excel.

Instructional Material Requirements: The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Course Details
This course is fully online, you require internet access and an email account. The course duration is 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week period to complete the final exam (online, open book). Lessons are released on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, for a total of 12. You are not required to be online at any specific time.

In addition to the specific lesson content, there is a discussion board with each lesson and often there is an optional assignment to apply the learning.

Following each lesson, there is a short multiple choice quiz. Your score on these quizzes does not count towards the final mark but completing these helps solidify your learning as well as prepare you for the final exam.

The final exam is an open-book, multiple choice exam and you need to achieve a minimum of 65% on the final exam to pass the course. There is only one opportunity to pass the exam. A certificate of completion from Ed2Go is available for printing immediately upon successful completion of the course and a certificate from the University of Waterloo will be emailed typically 1-2 weeks later.

Many of the Ed2Go courses are eligible towards the various online certificates offered by Professional Development.

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