Microsoft® Excel Stage 1 Training Course. 

Go from Absolute Beginner to a Confident, Super Productive user of Excel

Introducing our


course...the FIRST-STEP in becoming a proficient user of Excel!

Are you wanting you and your team to have a really good understanding of the essential skills required to become a proficient Level-1 user of Excel?  

Maybe your team are absolute beginners....

or, they may be self taught...or somebody (or many people) have shown them one or two things in Excel, but you know they still have knowledge gaps....

or maybe you have staff who haven't used Excel in a while and they're in need of a quick refresher.

If any of these sound familiar...this workshop is perfect for you!

Which One of The Following BEST Describes YOU?

Choose from the three options below the one that best describes your need


#1 "I want to organise an ONSITE TRAINING course for our business!"

#2: "I'm looking for GREAT online training courses!"

#3: "I'm looking for a PUBLIC training course that I can enrol on!"

Onsite. We come to you!

  • That’s right … no travel or parking hassles because we come onsite to you on a day that works for you and your team. We travel all over the greater part of Auckland, from Orewa down to Pukekohe delivering group sessions. Need training laptops? Not a problem. We can bring laptops for you to use, no charge. We have 6 to share.

Here’s What You'll Discover in this Workshop:

Expert Guidance

Guided learning, covering only what you need to get started. Not only will attendees become a proficient level 1 users of Excel, they will also learn how to avoid those scary 'gotcha' moments so that they are fully supported after the training!  And if they need assistance after the learning, all they need to do is email and we'll be right there to help.

Content that works!

The questions, feedback and suggestions from the many, many people who have completed this workshop have helped hone this learning so that it really works. We know just what learners need to know to have them working confidently in Excel. No waffle and no 'technical-speak'. No wasting your time!

Support resources

Learners are fully supported during and after the workshop with a comprehensive workbook. A print copy of the learning, along with file downloads for every exercise we cover together. We use these to practice during the workshop, and they are super popular as a reference to support the learners after the training.

Certificate of Attendance

Need proof of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? On completion of the workshop, by request, we will send learners a “Certificate of Attendance” confirming their participation and the duration of the training session.

Here’s what people are saying about the course

Ian Erasmus

Business Development

"Specific and relevant"

Finally, I don't have to rely on others to do it for me!

Vickie Furniss


"Really enjoyed the course"

Thank you – you are such a good teacher and are very clear, concise and practical. A lot of shortcuts that I didn’t know about too so was very helpful.

Trudy Piercy

Administration Manager

"Awesome teacher"

I knew the basics of Excel but learnt a lot more. Well worth doing. Workbook is great. Glad we can keep this to go back to.

Tim Joyce

NZ Branch Manager

"Excellent, all round"

Just Excellent, all round.

Vasant Vale

Warehouse Manager

"I feel great"

You explained the course very well and made it very interesting. Totally enjoyed it. I feel great!

Andrew Pierce

Customer Service Manager


A fantastic introduction to Excel. Thanks!

Booking is easy! Book online today!

Content that works...

The questions, feedback and suggestions from the many, many people who have completed this workshop have helped hone this learning so that it really works 


Module 1: Getting started

Excel can be a little overwhelming and bit intimidating when you first get into the application. In this module you will learn how to start Excel and work with only the areas you need at this stage of your learning journey.


Module 2: Entering data

Entering data is easy when you know how.  Trying to work it out yourself can cause all kinds of problems. In this module you will learn the tips and tricks of entering and updating data, in a way that makes working in Excel easy.


Module 3: File operations

Learn how to be the 'boss' of your files. Master the many ways you can save your work, close and open files, delete and rename them AND how to avoid many 'gotcha' situations that can have your heart racing if you're unaware of them!


Module 4: Creating calculations

Understanding how to create formulas and read other people's formulas is a fundamental and essential skill to have if you want to be a proficient user of Excel. Learn how to confidently create  formulas and create common math Functions that are free from error.


Module 5: Modifying the worksheet

You have a worksheet full of data and now you want to make modifications to it. In this module you will learn how to change the layout of the worksheet, copy calculations , move and copy data and link data between worksheets.  This module is NOT TO BE MISSED as it contains so many 'gotcha' and 'ah-ha' moments.


Module 6: Formatting

Your data can look very 'black & white', very plain and somewhat boring without formatting. Learn how to make your data pop! Add some pizzazz to your report AND learn how Number Formatting can be super beneficial. You'll also learn what to look out for when working with already formatted cells. 


Module 7: Printing you have your data laid out beautifully, your calculations are all 'on-point'. Your formatting is how come you can't print it? Learn all of the 'gotcha's' of printing and how to avoid them so that you can print your masterpiece with ease!

Download a copy of the Course Content sheet


3-months free access* to the same workshop modules ONLINE!

We want you to be fully supported post-workshop!

That’s right…you will be able to redo any of the workshop topics simply by logging into the online version of this workshop and watching the topic video.

Even when we are no longer taking public enrolments, we have reserved a place for you!

So no worrying about 60% of what you've just learned fading away.

You can access 100% of the same topics simply by logging into the online learning, where you’ll also have access to BONUS exercises, and BONUS topics.

And of course, you can contact your trainer anytime if you need help.

*3-months free Online Course access granted to all fully paid attendees who complete an 'Excel Essential Skills - Stage 1' workshop.

About our trainers


Sharyn has been training Microsoft applications for over two decades. She became the first certified Microsoft® MOUS Authorised Instructor in New Zealand, is endorsed by Microsoft® as a qualified Microsoft® Office Specialist . Sharyn’s unique approach to taking the “techie-speak” out of technology training has placed her as a preferred supplier to many of New Zealand’s leading organisations and Excel facilitator for Excel workshops delivered on behalf of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

Sharyn Baines


Susan is a dedicated and energetic IT professional with over 20 years of experience in training and development. She has the knack of relating to users, easily translating techie-speak and complex system processes into real-life terms to ensure learners ‘get it’.  Susan is a certified Microsoft® Office Specialist. 

Susan Carlow

Frequently asked Questions...

Q: What is the duration of the workshop?

A: 3.5 hours

Q: Is this training suitable for the Mac version of Excel

No, sorry. Even though you would most likely learn a lot that would be applicable to the Mac version, the training has been created for the Windows version for PC only.

Q: Is this suitable for an absolute beginner?

A: this workshop is PERFECT for an absolute beginner.  It is aimed at people who will be creating or updating Excel worksheets in a business environment. Super useful if you are new to Excel and would like a beginner course, or if you currently make minor updates to existing files and would now like to learn how to create worksheets from scratch, or if you haven’t used Excel for a while and would like a refresher course.

Q: What do I need to know before I attend?

As this is a beginner level course the only prerequisite is that you are proficient in using the Microsoft® Windows environment, a mouse and keyboard.

Q: Can you come onsite to deliver the training?

Absolutely! We can bring the training to you. That’s right! We come onsite to your place of work on a day and time that works for you. Avoid traffic and parking hassles and learn at work. And if you don’t have training laptops, we can lend you some. We have 6 to share.

Q: Can you supply training laptops for us to use?​​​​

Yes! We have 6 to share. All have Microsoft Office 365 licenses.

Q: Do you have a limit to the number of attendees?

Yes. We have a minimum of 3, maximum of 12. Pricing is adjusted depending on the number of attendees (please see below).

Q: Do you offer 1-on-1 sessions?

No, sorry we don't. If you're looking for training just for you, please check out our public courses through the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and our online version of this workshop.

Q: What age is this appropriate for?

The training is aimed at adults so the minimum age we recommend is 18 years old. We look forward to hearing from you again when you are over 18.

Dates GO QUICKLY so book an onsite workshop for you and your team TODAY!

3 to 4 attendees

Price is per person ex GST




8 to 12 attendees

Price is per person ex GST




Needing ALL 3 STAGES of Excel? 

Talk to us about our 'Excel Combo' offer and save!

Our 'Excel Combo' includes Excel Stage 1, 2 and 3, delivered over 3 separate sessions.

*Sessions are 3.5 hours in duration. All bookings are subject to our Booking Terms and Conditions. Pricing is based on the number of attendees per session. Minimum of three attendees, maximum of 12.

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