256 Best + Free Excel Courses & Certification [UPDATED]
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- 1. Excel Basics [YouTube]
- 2. Excel Exposure - Free [Excel Exposure]
- 3. Excel 2019 Essential Training [Lynda]
- 4. The Beginner's Guide to Excel [YouTube]
- 5. Excel Skills for Business: Essentials [Coursera]
- 6. Introduction to Excel VBA Programming [Open Education by Blackboard]
- 7. Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel [edX]
- 8. Data Visualization with Advanced Excel [Coursera]
- 9. Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced. Online Excel Training Course [Udemy]
- 10. Excel 2016 Essential Training [Lynda]
Excel Basics (2017)
- Clear, patient explanation of all covered concepts. Absolutely no computer background is necessary to get through this series.
- Thorough walkthroughs make it easy for you to open your own spreadsheet and follow along.
- High, positive energy makes an otherwise dry topic compelling and interesting.
- This is more than just a handful of tips to help with Excel. It is a comprehensive tutorial in the features, functions and applications of the software.
- As with any YouTube tutorial series, there is no direct interaction with the instructor.
- 12 hours is a lot of time to spend going through Excel. Course can feel long.
- Despite the deep dive, lessons do not cover background knowledge necessary to fully utilize some of the explained features (e.g. Lessons on statistical tools do not fully teach how the statistics work).
Excel Exposure - Free (2011)
- More than four hours of video lessons provide a deep look at exactly how to utilize each function and feature covered.
- While videos are pre-recorded, the design of the lessons aims to be interactive. You can learn from doing while following along with the lesson.
- The program is free with additional resources available behind a paywall.
- Curriculum was originally designed with Excel 2013. Not every lesson has been completely recrafted for the latest version of the software.
- Fully updated lessons sit behind a paywall; only the older modules are completely free.
- Lessons do not include direct interaction with an instructor.
Excel 2019 Essential Training (2018)
- Barrier of entry: this course can be completed by anyone, regardless of their background before starting.
- Offline access: unlike most Excel tutorials, all of the training resources in this course can be accessed offline (although they have to be initially downloaded).
- The Lynda.com experience: the course is run through a subscription to Lynda.com. That same subscription grants access to volumes of supplemental information and additional lessons at no extra cost.
- The course is short. There are free courses that go much deeper into Excel's capabilities and uses.
- The course does not go beyond beginner concepts. Alone, it will not teach mastery of some of Excel's most advanced analytical tools and techniques.
The Beginner's Guide to Excel (2017)
- Starts with simple concepts and gracefully moves to cover advanced Excel topics. This series can turn Resume exaggerations of Excel proficiency into understatements.
- Short-form lessons prevent burnout and information overload.
- Course is aimed to develop professional data entry skills.
- Course is entirely free of charge and infinitely repeatable.
- Course creators offer multiple Excel tutorials for students who want to go into deeper and more advanced topics.
- As with all YouTube series, there is no direct interaction with an instructor.
- Course is not a master class. The most advanced Excel applications are not covered.
Excel Skills for Business: Essentials (2017)
- Course side-steps analytical functions that are unlikely to be pertinent to business applications. The streamlined approach saves time and frustration.
- Course is designed for beginners, not advanced computer users.
- Course is designed around a practical approach to learning. You will learn by doing in these lessons.
- Course is lacking in identifying and accounting for variations in Mac versions of the software. It's very Windows-focused.
- Entire curriculum is designed with US versions of the software. International users may struggle with discrepancies.
- Streamlined focus can make the course feel basic. There are powerful topics not covered.
Introduction to Excel VBA Programming (2015)
- Course offers a less-frequently-covered approach to utilizing Excel. While many courses briefly touch on VBA, very few are designed exclusively to instruct in this application of Excel.
- Course focuses more on coding than most Excel tutorials and offers a much deeper understanding of how to manipulate Excel to perform tasks.
- Introductory approach to VBA does not require extensive background knowledge to succeed.
- Curriculum was originally designed with older versions of Excel. While updates have been applied, some changes to newer versions slipped through the cracks.
- VBA focus does not include typical Excel instruction. If you're looking for a basic overview of all Excel features, you won't find it here.
Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel (2016)
- Course is part of multiple Microsoft certification series, including Excel Fundamentals, Microsoft Data Science, Data Analysis and Microsoft Excel for the Data Analyst.
- Course was developed by Microsoft itself, and it includes a Microsoft certification upon completion.
- Totaling 18 hours, the course covers topics of data management thoroughly.
- The course only supports Excel 2019, 2013 and 2016. While users of newer versions can still benefit from the course, they may run into frustrations where inputs and applications diverge from the supported versions.
- While the course is free, the certification is not.
Data Visualization with Advanced Excel (2018)
- Course gets far beyond the introductory basics. Instead of learning shortcuts to edit cells, you will learn how to do powerful analytics with Excel features.
- Practical sessions ensure that you aren't loosely following along with lectures. You will have to master these lessons to complete the curriculum.
- Course focuses on creating unique Excel outputs. You aren't just drawing basic scatter plots. You'll be crafting your own approach to using Excel analytics.
- This course is not for beginners. A strong background in Excel is assumed.
- The course was built from Excel 2013. There are subtle changes to newer versions and it can cause confusion and minor roadblocks to completing tasks if you aren't on Excel 2013.
- The course is challenging even for experienced Excel users.
Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced. Online Excel Training Course (2017)
Excel 2016 Essential Training (2015)
Excel Tips Weekly (2015)
Note: Because this is an ongoing series, viewers will not receive a certificate of completion.