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An understanding of how to utilise Microsoft Access to its best is a highly worthwhile skill to have at your command. This is a popular database application that is widely used across many employment sectors. 

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This popular database programme is used in many industries by those wishing to keep accurate, up to date records of customers, projects, products etc. So, for example, if you’re working as a PA, EA, VA, Secretary, Administrator or Customer Services Executive, learning how to use this software properly will help you and your skill stand out from the crowd.

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Awarded 22 CPD points upon successful completion

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Around 20 to 22 hours

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    About this course

    Microsoft Access is a highly worthwhile skill to have at your command as this very popular database application is widely used across many employment sectors.

    Offering training in either 2010 or 2013, in this detailed and varied training programme you’ll be guided through many aspects of Access including; database terminology; planning and design; defining relationships and creating a table; editing data; using advanced tools; using the query wizard; adding a field; exporting an html document; adding charts to forms; and creating macros.


    • Learn how to use this popular database program

    • The flexibility and value of a self-study course designed to enable you to work at your own pace

    • The opportunity to gain the widely recognised Pitman Training Certificate

    The lesson plan content for both the 2010 and 2013 versions of this Access course are very similar and follow the example structure below: –

    Lesson One – Including: terminology, working with existing databases, opening a table, query, form and report, entering new records, searching and sorting.

    Lesson Two – Including: planning and design, relationships, defining fields, data types and properties, creating tables, entering data, re-sizing columns, using the lookup wizard

    Lesson Three – Including: defining relationships, creating tables, formatting, modifying, using the input mask wizard, using templates, renaming an object

    Lesson Four – Including: editing data, adding records, printing preview, changing page orientation, enforcing referential integrity in a relationship, creating a relationship report, creating a form, working with controls in form design, using AutoFormat, modifying properties in a form

    Lesson Five – Including:  Using advanced sort, using filters, importing a table from an external database using a junction table to resolve a many to many relationship, defining a composite (primary) key, using a calculated control on a form, creating a multi-value field, creating an attachment field.

    Lesson Six – Including: using query wizard, setting sort criteria, using expressions to set criteria, creating different types of queries, creating and naming a calculated field in a query using aggregate functions

    Lesson Seven – Including:  adding a field with data validation in a table, creating a form with subform, entering data using a form/subform combination, creating a split form, creating and modifying the design of a report, using the concatenate expression, adding a subreport to an existing report

    Lesson Eight – Including: exporting an html document, understanding object dependencies, importing and exporting a spreadsheet, importing a text file, using the analyze table function, using the analyze performance function, using the database documenter

    Lesson Nine – Including: adding and modifying a chart, changing the tab order in a form, displaying the current date and time in a form, applying conditional formatting to a field

    Lesson Ten – Including: creating a macro, adding a control button to a form, backing up a database, viewing database properties, compacting and repairing a database, encrypting a database using a password, saving the database as a previous version, splitting a database.

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