Advanced Excel 2016 Core Level 3

If you use Excel for budgets, timesheets, reports or other data that needs calculating, this course will improve your ability to organise and analyse data. You’ll take functions further and be able to make them more powerful by nesting them. You will also learn ways to represent your data in a visual and readily understandable chart.

This course is designed for confident users of Excel 2016.

Course Dates:

29th May 2019 ( spaces available )

14th Jun 2019 ( spaces available )

28th Jun 2019 ( spaces available )

11th Jul 2019 ( spaces available )

31st Jul 2019 ( spaces available )

15th Aug 2019 ( spaces available )

Course Length: 1 Day

Course Costs:

Standard Price: £300 (+VAT)

Charity: £200 (+VAT)

Public Sector: £250 (+VAT)

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Course Location

Happy HQ, 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE

Course Requirements

Learners must be confident creating formulas that use Absolute Cell References ($ to fix cell references), Named Ranges and more complex functions like IF. If you’re not confident with those, look at our Excel 2013/2016 Core Level 2 course.

This course is designed for and trained in Excel 2016. It is also available for users of Excel 2013 and Excel 2007/2010 – please ensure you attend the course that is appropriate for your version of Excel.


Session One: Range Names and Nesting Functions

  • Partial Absolute Cell References
  • Range Names
  • Data Validation
  • Nesting Logical Function: IF, AND, OR

Session Two: Excel 2016 functions

  • IFs

Session Three: Lookups

  • VLookup (and if there’s time, HLOOKUP too)
  • Nesting COLUMN and/or ROW function to make your Lookup autofillable

Session Four: Data visualisation

  • Conditional formatting using a formula, including using IF and conditional formatting for RAG
  • More charts: Combo, Funnel, Waterfall, Box and whisker, Pivot
  • Forecast sheet
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The course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (light cold buffet 1pm to 1:45pm). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.


We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please just get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Your Course Trainers

Ed Lepre

Ed Lepre

Ed is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has worked at Happy for over 12 years. Although he trains the full suite of MS Office and non-Office packages at all levels, his favourite package is Excel. A previous winner of the prestigious Learning and Performance Institute's 'Learning Professional of the Year' award, as well as other training accolades, he is also the IT Helpline Manager.

Sal Agoro

Sal Agoro

Sal trains most MS Office packages. Her real love is in transferring knowledge by making her training sessions fun and more impactful. She is Happy’s Outlook Champion and ensures Outlook courses and training material are updated regularly with new features. Sal has been at happy for almost 2 years.

Paul Wherly

Paul Wherly

Paul trains on Microsoft products both on the Mac and PC platforms including VBA. Paul has trained with Happy since "the dawn of MS-DOS when formulas ruled the earth."

Kristina Kendall

Kristina Kendall

Kristina is an associate IT Trainer, she’s been training for 8 years and working for Happy since 2015. She provides training mainly on Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Her favourite package is Excel; she loves to show people shortcuts and quicker ways of working.

Kevin Tarry

Kevin Tarry

Kevin has been an IT Trainer for over 20 years, and is a charismatic and enthusiastic training specialist who brings energy and passion to his training courses. He always looks to engage with his learners with the view to making their learning experience as effective and enjoyable as possible.