Certificate in Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets


Learn about the different uses for Microsoft Excel and why spreadsheets are so widely used in office jobs and even for organising your personal finances, create budgets and work out the potential return from investments.


  • 15 Hours / 15 CPD Points
  • Video Tutorials
  • Practice files
  • Downloadable Training Manuals (PDF format)
  • Assessment tests
  • 12 months course access
  • Tutor & Student HQ Support


Uses for and working with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets

  • The Excel screen including toolbars, formula bar, name box
  • Column and row headings
  • Workbooks and Sheet tabs
  • Uses for Excel (Worksheet, Database & Charting)
  • Getting around a spreadsheet using keyboard & mouse
  • moving between workbooks
  • Selecting (or highlighting) cells, columns and rows & entire spreadsheets
  • Entering information into workbooks
  • Resizing columns.

Microsoft Excel Structure: Columns, Rows and Cells

  • Selecting information: Understanding the mouse cursors used within Excel, how to select cells, columns and rows and multiple ranges of information, how to select cells using the keyboard.
  • Copy and Paste: Drag and drop, cut, copy and paste in a worksheet and from one worksheet to another and even between different software programs.
  • Editing cells: Typing and entering information, editing existing information and entering the changes, using the status bar information, escaping out of cells.
  • Changing column width and row height for single and multiple columns as well as making all the columns the same width and using AutoFit.
  • Database: Creating a simple database, understanding simple database structure (ideal knowledge for mail merge with Microsoft Word), inserting and deleting columns, using Undo and Redo options.
  • Autofill: Automatically fill numbers, dates, number patterns, days, months and years and much more. The fast way to insert sequential numbers and words.
  • Understanding date formatting (this forms the basis for future calculations based on date format).

Formulas, Functions and Formatting

  • Formulas: Entering formulas using the keyboard, arrow keys and the mouse,
  • Relative cells references, common formula errors, how to combine two formulas in one.
  • AutoCalculate: Get quick additions and basic functions quickly without having to enter formulas.
  • Functions: Introductions to functions and function syntax, Autosum, Autosum for several and selected ranges
  • Common functions like Maximum, Minimum, Average and more…
  • Functions: Sum function in more detail, using the formula bar and editing functions, keyboard shortcuts and Autofill to save time, copying (or filling) functions using relative cell references.
  • Formatting: Lines, colours, shading, and formatting of text and numbers.
  • Currency formatting, date and text formatting,
  • Merging cells and centering,
  • Alignment formatting and text control within single and merged cells,
  • Fill colour, font colour and Borders.
  • Advanced formatting that allow you to quickly make your spreadsheet look professional,
  • Repeat common actions, and features that speed up repetitive commands and formatting,
  • Format entire spreadsheets and apply multiple formatting in just a couple clicks.