Approximately how long would it take to complete each of the Essential and Expert Excel courses, start to finish? What about the average time per session?
Length of Courses
Posted 14 March 2014 - 12:28 AM
How long it takes you to compete either course is (of course) extremely variable. A lot depends upon whether you are completely new to Excel or whether there is a degree of past exposure.
Most users of Excel do not need Expert Skills. To work in the average office job you will usually be hugely in advance of the average other users if you "only" have the skills described in the "Essential Skills" course.
The books are based upon Smart Method classroom courses. With well motivated and above average intelligence adult course attendees, with zero previous Excel experience, we have trained thousands of Excel users (without exception) to "Essential Skills" standard in one eight hour intensive day. Unfortunately this is in a classroom environment (and hugely expensive compared to the cost of the book or video course).
Just to listen to each Essential Skills video lesson will take around eight hours. In a (non classroom) environment, using only books or videos as the learning material, I would guess that three days (of intensive attention) would be the maximum needed by most adult learners to master every skill presented.
Expert Skills is a little more advanced.
To truly achieve Expert status I ask my corporate clients to allocate two days of intensive classroom training (for users with existing good Excel skills). In effect most go for one day and it is possible to "cherry pick" different skills to cover those most of relevance to the class in this time frame. For self study it would be good to double this estimate to 2-4 days depending if you need to know "everything" or a subset of the skills presented. But once again, you need to ask yourself if you really need Expert Skills (few users really do).
Mike Smart is the author of ten world best-selling Excel books. The books are available in printed form for for Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2016 for Windows and Excel 2016 for Apple Mac. Mike has also recorded over 850 video lessons (that you can watch online) for Excel 2007, Excel 2010 and Excel 2013.
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