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How to learn Excel online?


It happens all too often that candidates ask us during a job interview to skip IT tests like Excel and PowerPoint. They indicate that they have never needed these programs in their career. Unfortunately, for jobs in administration, finance, HR or accounting, this knowledge is usually necessary.
Happily, there are plenty of free opportunities to brush up on your Excel knowledge. We advise our candidates to study this in order to increase their chances on the labour market.

The most obvious courses

Office 365 Training Center: Excel Help Center. Microsoft's proprietary learning portal is a fountain of information, nicely broken down into several training modules; one for each MS Office program. It's a goldmine for the self-taught individual who is somewhat less at home in Excel and who yearns for simple guides, templates and quick-start manuals. It's a reference point for anyone who wants to get started with Excel or refresh their memory.

YouTube. Video lovers, we haven't forgotten about you. For those who prefer to watch video tutorials, we would like to recommend some YouTube channels. You can find tutorials of any duration and of any difficulty level. These channels should get you started easily: Chandoo, Excellsfun, Mr.Excel and Excel Campus.

Google: free PDF ebooks. Or, of course, you can simply enter 'free Excel course .pdf' into Google. You'll find that you can download a lot of free ebooks that explain the basics of Excel.


You can also teach yourself Excel through the PC Skills Portal by Actiris. It is an online environment which offers you (free) access to study material on MS Office programs. The platform is available in Dutch, French and English.

The only disadvantage is that you have to live in the Brussels-Capital Region and you have to be registered with Actiris as a work seeker. Flanders and you are registered as a jobseeker, you can follow the online workshop of the VVDAB where you can choose where to focus your attention depending on your needs and interests. The full course takes about fifty hours.

LeForem offers a free online course for people who are registered with them and live in Wallonia. The complete course takes about thirty hours.

Which modules should I focus on?

Specially in Finance a broader knowledge is expected of you, for example working with database-analyses, pivot tables and macros.

In addition, a good knowledge of formulas is important.

The Excel tests at Axis mainly focus on time pressure and accuracy.

Conclusion: So there are plenty of free Excel courses within reach that you can teach yourself in no time.

Because the current labour market demands professionals with knowledge of Excel, it is best to start today. Indeed: Just do it and immediately increase your chances in the job market. Good luck!


Elle Fleurackers

Proactive & passionate MarCom Manager with a broad range of interests.