Access Foundations Course

Suitable for all Access users or anyone new to the application. You'll learn the foundations of using and understanding an Access database, and be confident in moving around its environment.


Suitable for All Levels

2 Day Course

Certification Awarded

Online Resources

Learning Options for this Course

Classroom Training


This course can be taken at our Training Centre in Dublin 2. Socially distanced learning. Full interaction with expert trainers.

Live Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom

Daytime or evenings using iLiveLearning. Full interaction with the trainer, just like in the classroom. Software provided.

Self-paced eLearning

Self-paced eLearning

Self-paced online course on our Learning Hub with Assessment and Certification. 1 Year access. Software required.

Skills You will have at the end of the Course

  • Create and manage database objects
  • Master creating tables and modifying their properties
  • Setup, run and edit queries
  • Design forms and reports
  • Export tables, queries to Microsoft Excel
  • Understand what table relationships are

Course overview

This course starts you at the beginning of Access. It will guide new Access users through the powerful Microsoft Access program. You will gain a fast, practical and extensive knowledge of the powerful features of this package, explaining the structure, design and capabilities of databases.


No prior knowledge is required, some knowledge of excel maybe useful.


At the end of the course you’ll be Certified by the Irish Academy of Computer Training

Who would benefit

New or existing users of databases who would like to gain a better understanding of how a database is constructed and managed.

Why take the Course

To be able to design and build a database incorporating the use of forms, queries and reports. You will gain a better understanding of this application and how the various objects relate and depend on each other.

Online Option


Course curriculum

Section 1: Tables
In this first section, you’ll learn how to create a table;

  • Opening the Access Application;
  • Create a blank access database
  • Create a table using design view
  • Create field names and assign data types
  • Use the primary key
  • Modify table properties
  • Add, delete, edit records in datasheet view
  • Sort and filter records in datasheet view
Section 2: Queries
The second section covers everything you need to know about creating and running queries;

  • Create a query in design view based on a table
  • Add and remove fields from an existing query
  • Setup criteria:
    • Use OR and AND queries
    • Use wildcards and operators in a query
    • Sort a query
Section 3: Forms
This section covers creating forms; so that it is user-friendly;

  • Create a form based on a table using the wizard
  • Change the layout of the form in design view
  • Add company logos to the form
  • Add text to the form
  • Add, delete and edit records in form view
  • Delete a form
Section 4: Reports
This section covers creating reports for printing purposes;

  • Create report based on a table using the wizard
  • Change the layout of the report in design view
  • Modify the title of the report
  • Insert a date into the report
  • Preview the report
  • Delete a report
Section 5: Relationships and Excel
This section covers what a one-to-many relationship is, and how to export content to excel for further analysis.

  • Understand a one-to-many relationship between two tables
  • Create a two table query to view all records from both tables
  • Export a table or query to Excel

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