Expert Using Visual Basic (VBA) in Excel (3-day course)

By the end of this expert level course, you will be confident in using the essential features of Excel Visual Basic to create simple spreadsheet solutions.

This course is for anyone who has never used Excel VBA (or any other Visual Basic package). This course is especially useful if you need to build spreadsheets that go beyond what Excel alone is capable of.

Available for Private and Tailored group events

This course is run privately for groups or 1-2-1 Coaching sessions

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Course Location

Happy HQ, 3rd Floor, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE - or your workplace

Course Requirements

Delegates must have an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

What You Will Learn

In particular you will be able to:

  • Understand what VBA is
  • Create macros to automate tasks, as well as understand their limits
  • Manipulate the values in your spreadsheet
  • Declare variables, and manipulate them
  • Write code which looks at a condition and carries out different actions accordingly
  • Write functions, frequently used pieces of code
  • Understand the Excel object model, and make use of its properties, methods and events
  • Trap errors, to avoid users seeing problems and find problems in your code
  • Write code which repeats an action a specified number of times
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Day 1

Session 1

Macros; Creating macros; Limits of macros.

Session 2

Editing Macros:
Editing Macros in the Visual Basic Editor; Understand the Personal Workbook; Find and Replace; Deleting Macros.

Session 3

Introducing VBA; What is VBA? ; Modules and procedures.

Day 2

Session 1

How to refer to objects in a collection; using the Immediate Window to explore collections; making code more succinct.

Session 2

Variables: Defining and referring to variables.

Session 3

Error Trapping and Debugging; Types of Error; the Debug Toolbar; breakpoints and Break Mode.

Day 3

Session 1

Built-in functions:
MsgBox and InputBox Functions Revisited; String Manipulation Functions; Nesting Functions; Date Functions; Type Checking Functions.

Session 2

Control Structures 2 – Branching:
If Statements; Data Validation; Select Case.

Session 3

Control Structures 3 – Looping:
For… Next
For Each…
Do… loops.


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

Darren Andrews

Darren Andrews

Darren is one of Happy's Senior Trainers, able to train almost every IT course on the Happy Computers course programme. He has been with Happy for nearly ten 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."