Understanding and Using VBA

ACF Academy
Training overview
Professional Course
1 day
From 1,150 USD

Start dates
New York City
1,150 USD

Course description

Understanding and Using VBA

The Understanding and Using VBA course is an intensive course that gives participants practical expertise in using VBA to enhance the capabilities of Excel.

What really sets our program apart is the way in which we explain, step-by-step, exactly how to harness the power of VBA to create powerful real-world solutions. Our approach demystifies the complexities of using VBA, and gives participants practical skills that they can use to secure immediate benefits.

Participants will have access to a range of fully working VBA examples, and will be able to download these for their own use after the seminar is over.

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Who should attend?

Who Should Attend

Anyone who wants to learn how to expand Excel’s capabilities by using VBA.


A good working knowledge of Excel.

Training content

Introduction to VBA

  • Key uses for VBA
  • Projects, Modules, and Procedures
  • Functions vs. Subroutines
  • Types of variable: integer, double, string, variant, and others
  • Passing parameters to functions and subroutines
  • Passing by value and passing by reference
  • Objects, properties, methods, and events

Programming Structure

  • Declaring variables
  • Scope and lifetime of variables
  • Use of STATIC declaration
  • Declaring arrays
  • Conditional statements
  • Looping structures
  • Defining constants
  • Developing a user-defined function

The VBA Environment

  • Project Explorer
  • Properties Window
  • Code Window
  • Running and Debugging code
  • Setting breakpoints
  • Stepping through the code
  • Stepping into / over / out / run to cursor / set next statement
  • Immediate Window
  • Watch window
  • Adding a Watch
  • Locals Window
  • Call Stack
  • Error handling
  • Error handling within error handling procedures
  • Returning #N/A and #VALUE! Errors from user-defined functions
  • Debugging errors in a UDF

Interfacing VBA with Excel

  • Recording and running macros
  • Excel objects, properties, and methods
  • Working with the methods of specific Excel objects
  • Assigning macros to menus, toolbars and buttons
  • Workbook and Worksheet events
  • Retrieving data from a worksheet
  • Writing data to a worksheet
  • Creating a subroutine / worksheet connection

Interfacing VBA with Databases

  • ADO vs. DAO
  • Creating the connection string
  • Connecting to the database
  • Retrieving recordsets and transferring to Excel
  • Transferring Excel data to the database
  • Data retrieval subroutine example


  • New York: $1,150
  • London:£925 (plus VAT)
  • Virtual: £800 (plus VAT)

Certification / Credits

CPD: 7 hours

Learning Outcomes

By attending this course, you will:

  • Explore the key features of VBA for Excel within a logical framework
  • Develop your skills in working with Excel VBA
  • Enhance your abilities to analyse and debug existing VBA code
  • Examine techniques used for interfacing VBA with Excel and VBA with databases

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