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Become a certified Excel ninja with our #1 online Excel training

Looking for Microsoft Excel training to improve your skills and save you time?

GoSkills Basic and Advanced online Excel courses can quickly get you up to speed with Excel, taking you from complete novice to Excel ninja.

Online Excel classes to help unlock your potential

By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the real-world Excel knowledge you need to accomplish your daily tasks with ease.

And your sought-after Excel certification can help you impress your employer and advance your career prospects.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to be a better, faster, and stronger Excel user
  • How to save yourself hours of time and boost your productivity in Excel
  • How to navigate the Excel interface
  • How to use math, statistical, logic and text functions
  • How to find a value with VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, INDEX, MATCH
  • How to sort and filter your data to find exactly what you are looking for
  • How to work with charts to present clear insights from your data
  • How to create and format Pivot Tables
  • How to record a basic Macro to automate repetitive tasks
  • How to use data validation to restrict data entry
  • How to customize your page setup options for printing
  • How to impress your boss and colleagues with your super sharp Excel skills

Over 51,000 people like you have learned practical, actionable skills from these self-paced online Excel classes to help them work smarter every single day.

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This online course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn Excel. No prior knowledge of Excel is required.

Whether you are a business professional, student, teacher, freelancer, or solopreneur, these online Excel classes will help you take your Excel skills to the next level.

Excel is the most used spreadsheet software across the globe, and is considered essential in many industries like administration, accounting, construction, real estate, sales and marketing to name a few.

Yes, our online Excel courses include downloadable exercise files and solutions, so you can practice what you learn in Excel alongside the video tutorials. The course also includes a quick reference guide and quiz for each lesson, to help you cement your knowledge.

The course is compatible with Microsoft 365 (previously known as Office 365) and Excel for Windows 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010. Also available: Excel for Mac.

Excel’s formula structure hasn’t changed since Excel 95, so the functions and formulas from the course can be used with almost any version of Excel. If you are using an older version than 2010, your interface will differ slightly to what is shown in the videos.

Yes, you can! This Excel training starts with the basics and is suitable for beginners. With each lesson, you will build your knowledge, going from beginner to intermediate and advanced lessons.

Once enrolled, our friendly support team and instructors are here to help with any course related inquiries.

If you prefer, you can skip the basic lessons and take our Advanced Excel course instead.

Our Excel training is self-paced, so you can complete it in your own time. Each bite-sized lesson consists of a 3-6 minute video tutorial, a practice exercise, a quiz, and a reference guide. This microlearning format makes it easy to fit learning into your busy schedule, so you can even complete a lesson during a lunch break or on your commute.

If you spend 30 minutes on average per lesson, this is about 26 hours to complete the course.

We’ll encourage you throughout to help you stay motivated, and you can track your progress on your profile with stats on daily streaks, lessons completed, and time spent learning.

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Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes (Excel certification)
Lessons: 57
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Versions supported: 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365
Video duration: 5h 21m
Estimated study time: 26h for all materials

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The Ribbon

Identify the terminology and elements of the Ribbon.


The Work Surface

Recognize the main terms used to describe Excel’s work canvas. 



Utilize the keyboard or mouse to select cells and ranges in a spreadsheet.


First File

Create your first Excel file, enter data and create a table.



Format cells by selecting fonts and color fills to make information more attractive.


Basic Math

Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.


Formula Anatomy

Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy


Cell Referencing

Learn about working with absolute and relative cell referencing, and techniques for copying formulas.


Function Anatomy

Use to understand the anatomy of Excel functions, and what their components mean.


Math Functions

Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND and SUBTOTAL.


Basic Statistics

Learn basic statistical functions including COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, MEDIAN and MODE.


Logic Functions

Learn to build standalone logical IF functions, and make them more complex by nesting AND and OR within them.


Text Functions

Learn to break apart text with the LEFT, RIGHT, MID, FIND and SEARCH functions, and to combine text with the & character.


Understanding Dates

Understand how dates work in Excel using the TODAY, YEAR, MONTH, DAY and DATE functions.


Understanding Time

Understand how time works in Excel, and how to change from whole numbers into time increments and back again.


Formula Auditing

Learn to work with formula auditing tools including tracing precedent and dependent cells and formula evaluation.


Conditional Math

Learn to use SUMIF and COUNTIF to add cells only when certain conditions are met.


External Links

Learn about creating and updating external links, and about the potential dangers of external links in Excel.


Temporal Functions

Learn to work with the EOMONTH and EDATE functions that easily shift dates from one month or year to another.


VLOOKUP with Approximate Match

Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an approximate match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.


VLOOKUP with Exact Match

Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an exact match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.


Other Lookup Methods

Learn to work with INDEX, MATCH and HLOOKUP, as alternatives to the VLOOKUP function.


Introduction to XLOOKUP

An introduction to the new XLOOKUP function in Microsoft 365. Bye, bye VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH!

Note: this lesson uses Excel Tables, which are introduced in the next section.



Learn to sort data in Excel by a single column or by multiple columns.



Learn to filter Excel data for specific words, dates, and apply multiple filters to a single data table.


Naming Ranges

Learn about creating named ranges, and the benefits of doing so.


Excel Tables

Learn about creating Excel tables, and their advantages.


Recording Macros

Learn to record basic Excel macros to automate your actions (instead of doing them manually).


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Creating PivotTables

Learn to create and modify basic PivotTables (for quickly summarizing and highlighting data).


Formatting PivotTables

Learn to control formatting and other options in PivotTables.


Calculated Fields in PivotTables

Learn to create and modify basic calculated fields for PivotTables.


What-If Analysis

Learn to perform what-if analysis in Excel using the Scenario Manager and Goal-Seek.


Unpivoting Data

If you work with PivotTables a lot, you know that they put information out the way users want to read it, but you can't use it to drive another PivotTable. So what if there was an easy way to unpivot the data? There is, and it's called Power Query!


Contiguous Data

Power Query is the best tool for consolidating your data so it's vertically contiguous (without blank rows or other garbage) – for Tables, PivotTables and Charts.


Importing Data from a Text File

Importing data from a text file into an Excel table using Power Query.


Appending Tables

Appending tables is the process of stacking them vertically to create long tables that can be used to feed business intelligence solutions and PivotTables.


Cell Formatting

Learn to work with the Format Cells dialog to apply text rotation and borders, and to center data across multiple cells.



Learn about adding and working with Excel’s outlining tools to quickly hide irrelevant sections of your worksheet.


Custom Number Formats

Learn to build your own custom number formats to display dates, values and variances how you want to see them.


Conditional Formats with Built-In Rules

Learn to create top/bottom and highlight cell rules, as well as to apply icon sets and data bars.


Conditional Formats with Custom Rules

Learn to create custom conditional formatting rules based on formulas.


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Building Column Charts

Learn how to create an effective column chart by reducing ink and 'noise' that distract from the main messages.


Building Bar Charts

How to create an effective bar chart by reducing ink and noise that distract from the story.


Building Pie Charts

Learn how to build an effective pie chart, and when you should and shouldn’t use them.


Building Line Charts

How to create an effective line chart through careful manipulation of chart elements to enhance its story telling ability.


Building Combination Line and Area Charts

When you want to graph 3 line series, but only want 2 in focus most of the time.


Data Validation

Learn how to use Data Validation to ensure that users enter valid data in input cells.


Data Validation Lists

Use to restrict users ability to enter invalid data in cells by providing them with a drop down list of valid options.


Comments & Notes

Learn about creating, reviewing and printing Excel comments, as well as how comments are evolving in Office 365.



Learn how to apply built-in number styles and create your own custom styles packages.


Introduction to Dynamic Arrays

An introduction to the new Dynamic Arrays capability added to Microsoft 365.


FILTER-ing Dynamic Arrays with a Single Condition

Using FILTER() to restrict the results of a Dynamic Array based on a single condition


FILTER-ing Dynamic Arrays with Multiple Conditions

Combining multiple conditions in a single FILTER() to restrict the results of a Dynamic Array


Wildcard XLOOKUPs and Dynamic Arrays

Advanced options for XLOOKUP including using wildcard matches and returing Dynamic Arrays as an output


Custom Views

Learn how to create and manage Custom Views in a worksheet.


Page Setup Options

Learn about page setup options, fitting print jobs on a page, headers and footers, and other ways to customize print jobs.


Security Considerations

Learn about the setup and weaknesses of Excel’s security systems.

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