Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) for Analysts Training Course

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Duration Duration

21 hours (usually 3 days including breaks)

Requirements Requirements

Ability to work with a spreadsheet, basic knowledge (references, ranges, sheets, ...).

No knowledge is required to create macros, SQL, or write code in VBA.

Overview Overview

The course is designed for users of Excel for creating analyzes and reports.

Course Outline Course Outline


  • Recording and editing macros
  • Where to store macros.
  • Assigning macros to forms, toolbars, keyboard shortcuts

VBA Environment

  • Visual Basic Editor and its options
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Optimizing the environment

Introduction to procedural programming

  • Procedures: Function, Sub
  • The data types
  • The conditional statement If...Then....Elseif....Else....End If
  • Instruction Case
  • Loop while, until
  • Loop for ... next
  • Instructions break the loop(exit)


  • Combining strings (concatenation)
  • Conversion to other types - implicit and explicit
  • Features processing strings

Visual Basic

  • Download and upload data to a spreadsheet (Cells, Range)
  • Download and upload data to the user (InputBox, MsgBox)
  • The declaration of variables
  • The extent and lifetime of variables
  • Operators and their priorities
  • Options modules
  • Create your own functions and use them in a sheet
  • Objects, classes, methods and properties
  • Securing code
  • Security code tampering and preview


  • Processing step
  • Locals window
  • Immediate window
  • Traps - Watches
  • Call Stack

Error handling

  • Types of errors and ways to avoid
  • Capturing and handling run-time errors
  • Structures: On Error Resume Next, On Error GoTo label, On Error GoTo 0

Excel Object Model

  • The Application object
  • Workbook object and a collection of Workbooks
  • Worksheet Object and Collection Worksheets
  • Objects ThisWorkbook, ActiveWorkbook, ActiveCell ....
  • Object Selection
  • Collection Range
  • Object Cells
  • Display data on the statusbar
  • Optimization using ScreenUpdating
  • The time measurement by the method Timer

The use of external data sources

  • Using ADO library
  • References to external data sources
  • ADO objects:
    • Connection
    • Command
    • Recordset
  • Connection string
  • Create connections to different databases: Microsoft Access, Oracle, MySQL


  • Introduction to the SQL language

    The basic structure of SQL (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT INTO, DELETE)

    Calling a Microsoft Access query from Excel

    Forms to support the use of databases

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Public Classroom Public Classroom
Participants from multiple organisations. Topics usually cannot be customised
From 4690EUR
Private Classroom Private Classroom
Participants are from one organisation only. No external participants are allowed. Usually customised to a specific group, course topics are agreed between the client and the trainer.
Private Remote Private Remote
The instructor and the participants are in two different physical locations and communicate via the Internet
From 4040EUR
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Number of Delegates Public Classroom Private Remote
1 4690EUR 4040EUR
2 2790EUR 2415EUR
3 2157EUR 1873EUR
4 1840EUR 1603EUR
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