Online Excel Training
Our online Excel training experience is designed to teach Microsoft Excel in a fun and interactive way. It teaches the content through on-demand lecture videos, engaging homework activities, and instructor moderated forums so you can ask questions as needed. The training is built with today’s technology in mind and fully utilizes the web to deliver effective Excel training.
Summary of Courses
Here is a quick summary of our course categories and courses. You can get a full agenda for each course by heading to the course list and clicking the course title link. Excel University is a NASBA CPE sponsor, so you can earn CPE credit if you need it. We also offer two Excel certifications which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile, resume, or CV.
Note: we organized our courses using terms like “undergraduate” and “masters” to indicate a suggested progression, however, these courses can be taken individually as desired. Also, we aren’t a college requiring admissions or providing degrees … we’re just a place to learn about Microsoft Excel and thought the name Excel University was perfect for that 🙂
We generally recommend starting with the undergraduate courses.
- Volume 1 (Foundations)
- Volume 2 (Formulas and Functions)
- Volume 3 (PivotTables)
- Volume 4 (Workpapers)
Complete these courses to earn the Excel University Graduate Certification.
Complete these courses to earn the Excel University Masters Certification.
We are honored to offer comprehensive guest lectures by Excel experts.
- VBA Pro – by Jon Acampora
- Microsoft Power Pivot for Excel – by Rob Collie
- Power Query for Excel – by Mynda Treacy
- Dashboard Pro – by Jordan Goldmeier
- Xtreme PivotTables – by John Michaloudis
What will I learn?
Mainly, you’ll learn to get your job done faster. You’ll discover that Excel isn’t a fast calculator, it is a platform that can be used to automate virtually any data-driven recurring task.
Here’s a quick example.
One of our training clients is a CPA firm that prepares an Excel financial reporting package each month for selected clients. Each package used to take 40 hours per month to prepare. After applying the features, functions, and techniques presented, the process now takes 4 hours per month.
Improving your productivity is the goal of Excel University. When you use Excel to get your mechanical tasks done faster, you’ll have time for more important tasks such as client service, analyses, and business development.
To view the actual Excel features and functions covered in each course, please view the course details page available on our course list.
Why train at Excel University?
When you are looking for Excel training, you are probably interested in these four things:
- Course Format
- Materials and Handouts
The content of the Excel course must be relevant and practical so that you can get your work done more quickly. Your training investment of both time and money pays off if you can apply the Excel items discussed.
The content included in Excel University is designed specifically for accountants. If you are an accounting or finance professional, the Excel features and functions covered are relevant and can be applied to your work and your workbooks.
When evaluating course formats, which range from static PDF files to YouTube videos, you want to pick an effective format that will be a good fit for your learning style.
The Excel University format provides a powerful way to learn Excel. Here’s why:
- Content Delivery: The course content is delivered both through lecture videos and written text. While the lecture videos make the content easy to absorb, the text provides comprehensive details in an easy-to-read format.
- Hands-on homework: After you have watched the lecture videos, it is time for your hands-on homework. The homework activities enable you to practice the skills presented, and include Excel exercise files, polling questions, formula challenges, blog articles, and forum posts. Answers to all exercises are provided in the solutions videos and the downloadable Excel workbooks.
- Interactive: The course is interactive, meaning, you are always able to reach out for help. Head over to the instructor-moderated discussion forums and view previous questions or post your own question.
- Self-paced: The course is on-demand so you work at your own pace and according to your schedule.
Materials and Handouts
Another important consideration is the quality of the course materials. Excel University includes HD lecture videos, copy-edited manuscript, exercises designed to teach hands-on, solutions videos, and more. The manuscripts available in the online courses are the same as the published versions available on Amazon, which have gone through a rigorous publishing process.
You have full access to all course materials during your enrollment period. If you would like to have a permanent printed reference, you can optionally purchase the published, bound copy of the textbook through Amazon. Doing so would provide a tangible resource that includes everything covered during the training session. Free access to the Resource Library is provided when you join the Alumni Association.
Excel University Overview Video
Here is a short overview of Excel University.
Excel University courses focus 100% on Excel, it is all we teach. So, we provide depth that is unmatched. We offer a wide range of courses, including courses from Excel experts, top-rated guest instructors, and Microsoft MVPs.
Here are the links to the courses:
You can also earn an Excel certification and continuing professional education CPE credit through our courses.
Who is the author and instructor?
Jeff Lenning, CPA and Microsoft Certified Trainer is the author/instructor of the core Excel University courses. We also offer courses by other Excel experts … check out our instructors page for a complete list.
Jeff recently received the Award for Instructor Excellence from the California Society of CPAs, and has trained thousands of accountants on Excel over the past decade.
He has provided training for numerous Fortune 500 companies and continuing education for many state CPA societies as well as the AICPA, and is a Microsoft Certified Excel Expert.
Jeff holds the following certifications:
- Certified Public Accountant
- Microsoft Certified Trainer
- Certified IT Professional
- Microsoft Certified Excel Expert
He has contributed 30+ articles to trade publications such as the Journal of Accountancy and California CPA Magazine.
“The Excel University format allows me to teach with more precision than any other delivery method I’ve used over the past decade, including group live sessions and webcasts. It provides the control I need to deliver the content in exactly the right way. To me, it is the most effective format for teaching Excel.”
– Jeff Lenning
Can I try before I buy?
We’ve created a free evaluation course so you can check out the materials, video quality, presentation style, homework, and content.
Guarantees and Refunds
We are sure that our Excel training will help you work more quickly, that the content will be relevant, and that you will love the format. We offer a 30-day money back guarantee. It is a 100% refund, no questions asked.
CPE Continuing Education Credit and Certification
A certificate of completion is awarded when you pass the final exam. The exam is immediately graded when you click submit and the certificate is available for download instantly.
We also provide two Excel certifications: Excel University Graduate Certification and Excel University Masters Certification. More info here.
Excel University qualifies under NASBA’s QAS Self-Study delivery method. Our NASBA sponsor number is 124370.
If you are not a CPA or do not need Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit, you still benefit! Here’s why. CPE providers are bound by the quality and educational standards of NASBA (National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy). Since Excel University is a NASBA-approved CPE sponsor, our CPE courses meet these rigorous quality standards. That means all students benefit and receive a high-quality training experience.
Are there any prerequisites?
There are no formal prerequisites, but the course assumes you know the basics, such as how to open and save workbooks. Excel University isn’t designed to provide an introduction to Excel, rather, it is designed for people who know the basics looking to become proficient. Also, we recommend you start with Volume 1 and work through the volumes in order since the content builds progressively.
How long do I have to complete the course?
Once you sign up, you have one year to access the online session and complete the course. This timeline is established by NASBA, and as a CPE sponsor Excel University is bound by this term.
You have full access to the online course materials during the entire enrollment period, even after you complete the exam and receive your certificate of completion.
For students looking for an ongoing reference, the bound textbooks are available from Amazon and the Resource Library is available free when you join the Excel University Alumni Association.
What is the fee?
Courses start at $87. The course enrollment fee includes everything you need, including online access to the book chapters, lecture videos, homework activities, and solutions videos.
Your training investment of both time and fees pays handsome efficiency dividends each month as many of your manual tasks are delegated to Excel. Excel University offers an attractive ROI.
Note: optional bound textbooks are available from Amazon (not required to complete the online course)
Don’t Take Our Word For It!
Excel University was recognized as one of the Top 10 Courses for CPE Credit! Check out the full Top 10 list by Canopy.
Check out the short Student Interviews video to hear directly from Excel University students.
Join the 16,000+ students who have experienced the Excel University curriculum in its various delivery formats. We’ve put together some evaluation quotes and stats from the sessions to give you a sense of the student experience.
- “I thought every part of it was awesome and very interesting. It really let me know what an amazing tool Excel is.”
- “I know it will really help me to set up some efficient record keeping workbooks that I can maintain in an accurate and timely manner. Thanks!”
- “Thanks Jeff for a great course!!”
- “Great principles explained very well! Thanks!”
- “Thanks for the great course! My favorite items would be data validation, subtotal function, and worksheet/workbook organization.”
- “I learned so much from this class and am excited to take Volume 2!”
- “Fun course…..thanks Jeff!”
- “It really was one of the best in format I’ve done… I wish all were as well done as that one was!
- “This course is well organized, user focused, and interactive. I would recommend it to anyone who creates worksheets in Excel or works in Excel frequently.”
- “The class is highly recommended to Finance and Accounting personnel. The webinars are short, and very informative. The quiz allows you to absorb the materials better. The book is very helpful as well.”
- “Well designed. Broken down to smaller sections, it’s easy to follow and practice the newly learnt tips during the homework section.”
- “Clean & clear demonstration. Jeff really nailed this one. It’s very easy to follow and he also made it interactive in the forum section.”
- “Good combination of videos/book/homework/blog. Videos are easier to follow, book makes it easier to refer later, homework reinforces and blog appeals to those working better with words than videos.”
- “This course is excellent. Excellent. Excellent. I really like the combination of different media (videos/books/blogs/forum). I also like the smaller sections so you can learn one function at a time. You really understand how we learn and help us get there.”
- “The strength of this course is the instructor himself. He is an accountant who happens to be an MS Excel expert. He understands what accountants need from the program and what the program can do for accountants…to improve productivity and efficiency.”
- “It’s a GREAT course and it’s organized in a format leagues above the usual online learning styles.”
By the Numbers
of student polls report that content is both relevant and new
out of 5 is average “instructor knowledge of subject” evaluation score
would recommend this course to a friend
Students from all 50 US states and more than 100 countries have enrolled into Excel University. Here’s a cool map that highlights our student countries.
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Forums are moderated by instructors and questions are answered
Download and print your certificate instantly upon completion
Pause and Resume
Pause and resume training as needed
Unlimited Exam Attempts
Re-attempt exams as necessary
Full vs. Lite Versions
The Excel University series was designed and developed for accounting professionals. Since its launch however, we’ve come to discover that Excel University appeals to a far wider audience. As such, we have created two versions (Full and Lite) of each online course.
The Full version is targeted to accounting professionals and delivers our premier training experience. The full version meets NASBA’s QAS Self-Study standards for claiming CPE credit, includes instructor-moderated forums, and provides a certificate of completion and the ability to earn an Excel certification. Complete the full versions of Excel University Volumes 1-4 to earn the Excel University Graduate Certification. Complete the full versions of Masters 1-2 to earn the Excel University Masters Certification.
The Lite version includes the same content as the full version but excludes CPE-related elements such as quizzes, instructor-moderated forums, the final exam, and the certificate of completion. The lite versions do not qualify for the certifications.
The chart below summarizes the differences.
Continuing Education (CPE) Credit
Moderated Forums (Ask questions; get answers)
Quizzes with Feedback
Certificate of Completion
Excel Homework Exercises
One Year Enrollment
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