Access for Advanced Users

This advanced level course is for you if you have used Access before to create a simple one to many relational database. By the end of this two-day course, you will be confident in creating a user-friendly and automated database.

This course is only available for private bookings, either for groups or as a one-to-one, held online via Zoom or in the classroom. Please get in touch for availability.

Course Overview

What you will learn

In particular you will be able to:

  • Create a many to many relationship
  • Create a user friendly form based on a many to many relationship
  • Create a list of choices for keying and viewing information
  • Create a form with tabs on to view lots of information easily
  • Create automated forms to run reports and queries
  • Create a menu system for your database to make it more user friendly
  • Use features like command buttons and macros to automate your forms

Course Timetable

Day 1

Session 1

  • Planning your Database
  • Recap on One to Many Relationship
  • Introduction to Many to Many Relationship
  • Recap on Primary and Foreign Keys
  • Creating a Many to Many Relationship and Query

Session 2

  • Hierarchy of Objects in an Access Database
  • Creating Main and Sub Forms for use with Many to Many Relationships – from both sides

Session 3

  • Combo Boxes
  • Field Properties
  • Combo Boxes using more than one Field
  • Combo Boxes to Find Records
  • Command Buttons to View one Record in a Form

Session 4

  • Creating a Tab Control
  • Adding Pages
  • Changing Page Names
  • Moving Pages
  • Moving and Resizing Tab Controls
  • Changing the Style

Day 2

Session 1

  • Creating Macros for Command Buttons
  • Creating Macros for Forms

Session 2

  • Creating a Report that Selects its Criteria from a Drop Down List
  • Creating a Report that Selects its Criteria from two Text Boxes

Session 3

  • Creating a User Interface
  • Starting your Database at an Opening Screen

Session 4

  • Compact & Repair
  • Data Separation
  • Setting a Password for your Database

Information for Mac users

If you are a Mac user, please let us know when booking. If the course is held in the classroom at Happy, the training is held on PCs so we recommend that you bring your Macbook with you (we are not able to provide an additional monitor). For online training, please let us know when booking and you can use your Mac as normal. We provide a PDF with shortcuts for Mac users and your trainer will refer to this throughout the training.

Group Learning Events

If you have three or more learners, a private group course could be cheaper.

We can tailor the content to your team, and host the training remotely, at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London.

Find out more

What is it like to learn with Happy?

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Get in touch

This course is only available as a one-to-one or private group booking.

For pricing and availability, send us a message using the form below, leave us a message on 020 7375 7300, or speak to an Account Manager straight away using our Live Chat service in the bottom right of your screen!

The Small Print

This course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes) on both days. 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.

Mac Users

If you are a Mac user, please let us know when booking. If the course is held in the classroom at Happy, the training is held on PCs so we recommend that you bring your Macbook with you (we are not able to provide an additional monitor).

The happy Guarantee

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 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.

Coronavirus Update

Due to current government guidelines we have temporarily closed our training centre in London. All of our staff are now working remotely, and all classroom training has been postponed until 29th May.

We have developed a fantastic range of interactive webinars delivered by our experienced facilitators, Live Online Learning. We understand that for many people this will be the first time that they have worked from home and so we have developed short 1.5-2 hour sessions to help you adjust to this new situation. You can see details of our IT Skills live online learning sessions here and our Personal Development sessions here – or we can adapt any of our classroom training into webinar format for you.

For the latest government guidance, please visit the website.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will advise all clients if the situation changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to arrange some online training, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at


Your post-course support package

  • Included in the price of both online and classroom programmes
  • 2 years of free access to our IT Helpline
  • Unlimited access - call or email our team as often as you need
  • Ask about any content covered on your course

Did you know...

...we also have a range of different level courses in Access?

These include beginner and intermediate courses for people who have either never used Access before or want to create more advanced queries and reports. There's also the one-day Fast Track Essentials course, designed for self taught Access users at a basic level.

Introduction to Access to enable you to create and alter simple, relational databases. Find out more.

Access for Intermediate Users: Queries and Reports to enable you to create calculations and statistical information and improve the layout of your reports. Find out more.