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Microsoft Access 2013 Certification Training

Microsoft Access 2013 skills are important to have in any profession or workplace. From basic data entry, preparation of spreadsheets and budgets, and management of data including sales and inventory, developing a skill set working with Access will allow you to work independently and efficiently problem solve.

This online course will teach you the skills you need to work with Access 2013 and prepare you to take the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam 77-424. The material is presented in a step-by-step manner and you will learn it by completing readings and hands-on exercises, in addition to watching video presentations. The course also includes quizzes and exams so that you can assess your skills at regular intervals.

6 Months / 90 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Purchase College, SUNY

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Microsoft Access 2013 Certification Training

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Course Code: GES843

What You Will Learn
  • Understand database concepts and terminology
  • Use the Access interface
  • Become familiar with table views, queries, forms, reports, and macros and modules
  • Plan a database
  • Apply database design fundamentals
  • Practice within forms and use the Form Wizard
  • Generate reports and use the Report Wizard
  • Establish database relationships and table relationships
  • Work with queries, reports, and forms at an advanced level
  • Use macros
  • Complete the desktop application with the navigation form
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 90 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become prepared for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam 77-424
  • Gain hands-on experience using Microsoft Access, which can be discussed with future employers or included on your resume
  • Improve your efficiency and productivity at the workplace by becoming better able to manage databases
  • Develop your Microsoft Office suite skills, which are necessary at any workplace


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Overview of Access and Fundamentals

Receive an overview of the Access user interface. Learn how to use the toolbar, navigation pane, work surface, dialog box, and more. Continue on to understand the various approaches you can take when tackling database design.

Basic Functionalities

Dive into Access and become accustomed with its basic functions including tables and their views, data types, and how to access datasheets and designs.

Queries, Forms, and Reports

Continue learning the essentials of the program such as queries, subqueries, forms, reports, and more.

Databases and Access Terms

Explore databases and Access terms that will allow you to work more efficiently and communicate more thoroughly within the program. Understand how Access is different from Excel, and the best times to use each program.

Advanced Functions

Increase your knowledge by learning about the program's advanced functionality as it pertains to relationships, queries, tables, forms, reports, macros, and design view.

Completing the Desktop Application

Finish this course by understanding the navigation form, and how t run macros within it. Learn how to set the navigation form as the default form, split the database, and distribute the front-end database.

  1. Quick Overview of the Access User Interface
    1. Access Ribbon
    2. Quick Access Toolbar
    3. Object Navigation Pane
    4. Access Work Surface
    5. Access Options Dialog Box
    6. Object Overview
    7. Process Overview
  2. Fundamentals
    1. Approaches to Database Design
    2. Gather Information
    3. A Few Words about Naming Conventions
    4. Exercise: Gathering Information
    5. Normalization
    6. Table Relationships
  3. Tables and Their Views
    1. Definition and Purpose
    2. Datasheet View
    3. Design View
  4. Tables
    1. Creating an Access Database
    2. Data Types
    3. Create a Table in Design View
  5. Queries
    1. Queries
    2. Select Queries
    3. Select Queries with Criteria
    4. Logical Operations
  6. Forms
    1. Forms
    2. One-Click Forms
    3. Form Wizard
  7. Reports
    1. Reports
    2. One-Click Report
    3. Report Wizard
  8. Optional: Databases and Access Terms
    1. "Database" Defined
    2. Databases vs Spreadsheets
    3. Questions to Ask When Deciding Whether to Use a Spreadsheet or a Database
    4. Access vs Excel
    5. Discussion Questions
    6. "Relational Database" Defined
    7. Terminology
    8. Observations
    9. "Relational Database Management System" (RDBMS) Defined
    10. Access Is an RDBMS
    11. Benefits and Limitations of Access
    12. Discussion Questions
  9. Relationships
    1. Review
    2. Referential Integrity
    3. Relationships
    4. A Few Words about Naming Conventions
  10. Queries
    1. Query Design View
    2. Review of Select Queries
    3. Review of Select Queries with Criteria
    4. Logical Operations
    5. Parameter Queries
    6. Action Queries
  11. Table Functions
    1. Importing Data
    2. Exporting Data
  12. Forms
    1. Design View
    2. Formatting
    3. Tab Order
  13. Reports/Design View
    1. Report Sections
    2. Adding a Report Header/Footer
    3. Adding a Logo to the Report Header
    4. Adding a Title to the Report Header
    5. Adding Fields to a Report
    6. Arranging Fields on a Report
    7. Resizing the Detail Section
    8. Eliminating Repeating Headings
    9. Grouping and Sorting
    10. Setting Properties on a Report
    11. Adding Record Counts
    12. Special Report Fields
    13. Controls
    14. Printing a Report
  14. Macros
    1. Macro Basics
    2. Running a Macro
  15. Completing the Desktop Application
    1. The Navigation Form
    2. Running Macros from a Navigation Form
    3. Setting the Navigation Form as the Default Form
    4. Splitting the Database
    5. Distributing the Front-end Database
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Instructors & Support

Tracy Berry

Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.




There are no prerequisites to take this course, however you must have familiarity with using a personal computer and in a Windows environment. You must also be able to launch and close programs, navigate to information stored on the computer, and manage files and folders.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. Macs are not compatible.

Software Requirements:

  • Windows 10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft 2013 Office Suite (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. Manuals are included as downloadable PDFs throughout the course.


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Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes. This training course prepares students for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam 77-424.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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