Microsoft Access: Intermediate / Advanced

Microsoft Access Training Series | Level 2

Course Details

Duration: 2 days

Microsoft® Access® Versions: 2010 | 2013 | 2016 | 2019 | 365 (Windows)

Delivery Methods: Instructor-led classroom (ILC) | Instructor-led virtual classroom (VC)

Course Dates: October 7/8, 2020 (Instrucot-led virtual classroom) | View schedule Course schedule

Course Fee: $495 CDN person person (virtual), $545 CDN per person (bring your own device) or $595 CDN per person + HST (Avantix Learning provides device)*

Custom training: This course may be delivered at your site or ours as an instructor-led or virtual classroom solution. Contact us at for more information including savings for custom group training.

Note: Public scheduled dates for this course are delivered as live instructor-led classroom training or virtual classroom training (as indicated).

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Course Overview

Move to the next level in this hands-on course and learn some of the more advanced features in Microsoft Access. Students will be introduced to advanced form design including creating command buttons, adding different types of controls such as list boxes and option groups, creating forms and subforms and creating a main menu form. Advanced queries will be created with calculated fields using the IIF function and various date functions. Total or summary queries will be created as well as parameter queries, crosstab queries, append and make table queries. Students will also create reports with calculated controls, custom filters and subreports. At the end of the course, students will create simple macros using the Macro Designer to automate repetitive actions in Access. Throughout this course, the instructor will include numerous tips, tricks and shortcuts. Each student will also receive a full course manual.

Prerequisite: Microsoft Access: Introduction or equivalent knowledge and skills.

Location and timing: Public scheduled courses are held in downtown Toronto and run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

Related training: View all Microsoft Access courses >


  • Comprehensive course manual
  • Keyboard shortcuts quick reference
  • Sample and exercise files
  • Refreshments (for classes conducted in Avantix Learning classrooms)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Follow-up email support

Course Topics

Customizing Microsoft Access

  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar to add buttons that are not on the Ribbon
  • Setting important Access options

Validating Data Entry

  • Entering validation rules and messages to reduce data entry errors
  • Creating input masks to ensure users enter data with specific characters

Designing Advanced Forms

  • Designing forms using fields from multiple tables (multi-table forms)
  • Creating navigation buttons on forms to go to other forms or other records
  • Locking specific controls to prevent data entry on a form
  • Adding combo boxes, list boxes and option groups to forms
  • Customizing form backgrounds using custom colours or graphics
  • Creating calculations on forms
  • Inserting an image or logo on a form
  • Organizing forms using file folder tabs

Displaying Related Data in Subforms and Linked Forms

  • Creating forms with subform controls  to display related data
  • Using linked forms to display related data from another table

Designing Main Menu Forms

  • Creating main menu forms to launch at start up
  • Adding and removing buttons on a main menu form
  • Adding buttons to other forms to display a main menu form

Creating Calculated Fields in Queries

  • Creating calculations in queries using both operators and functions
  • Entering functions using the Expression Builder
  • Using the IIF function to calculate conditional results
  • Extracting years and months from date fields

Summarizing Multiple Records in Queries

  • Creating summary or totals queries to summarize data from multiple records
  • Grouping by specific fields in summary queries
  • Calculating totals using aggregate functions including SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX and COUNT
  • Using WHERE in summary queries
  • Displaying captions in Datasheet View

Designing Queries to Prompt the User to Enter Criteria

  • Prompting users to enter specific data using parameters
  • Using different types of parameters to prompt users to enter dates, text or numbers when running a query

Running Action Queries and Crosstab Queries

  • Running action queries including append and make table queries
  • Designing crosstab queries to display summaries in a cross tabular way

Viewing Queries in Structured Query Language (SQL)

  • What is SQL (Structured Query Language)
  • Displaying a query in SQL
  • Understanding basic SQL syntax

Designing Advanced Reports

  • Creating reports with fields from multiple related tables
  • Adding calculations in reports in different ways
  • Changing the source of a report
  • Understanding key properties for controls and sections
  • Managing sorting and grouping  in reports
  • Applying a filter in a report
  • Running a report that prompts the user to enter information
  • Numbering records in a report
  • Adding a subreport control  on a report

Importing and Exporting

  • Importing Excel data into a Microsoft Access table
  • Cleaning up imported data
  • Exporting data to Microsoft Excel
  • Exporting data to a PDF (Portable Document Format)

Creating Macros to Automate Access

  • Creating simple macros to automate common tasks such as opening and closing forms
  • Attaching an embedded macro to a button
  • Working in the Macro Builder or Designer
  • Editing and adding macro actions and arguments

Register Now for a public course at our downtown Toronto location at 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801 (Toronto Star Building), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Microsoft Access: Intermediate / Advanced (Toronto course)
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