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From November 13, 2018 09:30 until November 13, 2018 12:30


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 09:00 09:30 11:00 12:30


 £105+VAT. (Click here for information on the Flexiticket discount scheme - fees as low as £50.83+VAT per place)




Simon Hurst 


There is growing concern over the risks associated with the use of spreadsheets in all aspects of business. This course will concentrate on some practical tips and techniques to help reduce those risks. Some significant new features in Excel 2007 through to Excel 2016 will be covered, but most of the course will be relevant to users of any Excel version. The intention is to cover areas that provide real practical benefits which not only make spreadsheets more robust and more reliable, but also improve efficiency and performance.

Please note, the course is not hands-on but comprehensive notes will be provided to allow you to explore the areas covered in more detail. The examples will be based on Excel 2016 but where an earlier version (2007 onwards) differs substantially this will be highlighted on the course.


The course should be useful to anyone who uses Excel or is responsible for the use of Excel in their organisation. It will cover both basic and advanced features in the context of the avoidance and detection of spreadsheet errors. 

This course is suitable for the levels “General User to Creator” under the ICAEW IT Faculty Spreadsheet Competency Framework. For more information visit


  1.  Firm foundations – how to design your spreadsheets to minimise the risk of errors. The basic Excel techniques and knowledge that underpin efficient and reliable spreadsheets.
  2.  What not to use Excel for. Why Excel can't manage data. How best to get your data into Excel.
  3.  Managing input – Data Validation and Protection
  4.  Robust formulae – designing formulae to work reliably and adjust for changes
  5.  Checks and controls – the Excel functions that can help spot errors for you and bring them to your attention
  6.  Auditing tools – Excel's built in error-checking and why you shouldn't rely on it. The Formula Auditing tools and other techniques to reveal errors and inconsistencies.
  7. The workbook review and auditing tools introduced in Excel 2013


Gatwick Manor Hotel


South East



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