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Adrian Sallis

Jul 4, 2024

The Association Academy Highlight: Spreadsheet Basics Course Release


Spreadsheets are fundamental tools used across various industries. From finance and accounting to marketing and project management, spreadsheets help organise, analyse and automate tasks. A 2022 Acuity Training research report found that 66% of office workers use Excel at least once per hour. 

Despite the global use of spreadsheets, only 48% of people using them have ever received any formal training. Additionally, industry studies show that 90% of spreadsheets containing more than 150 rows have at least one major mistake.

The demand for basic digital skills - especially those that extend beyond tech and online roles - continues to grow. Many positions today require at least some level of digital proficiency, with spreadsheet skills becoming a near-universal requirement. To meet this growing trend Intuto has developed another course for The Association Academy’s library: Spreadsheet Basics. 

Who is the course for?

Spreadsheet Basics is an introductory course to both Excel and Google Sheets. It is suitable for anyone beginning to learn the functions of spreadsheets, giving a solid grounding in how to use them. It’s also a great refresher for anyone who has been out of the digital space for a while.

Many organisations use spreadsheets across everyday operations. Sheets are created daily for calculating costs, projecting revenue, managing projects, tracking inventory, time logs, customer lists and more! Spreadsheets are vital for many moving parts of a business.

With 87% of jobs requiring basic digital literacy, the Spreadsheet Basics course is a valuable tool to get your association members started or continued on their digital learning journey.

What’s included in the course?

The Association Academy Spreadsheet Basics course introduces the user to the basics of both Excel and Google Sheets, including:

  • How to navigate menus, toolbars and sheets
  • Entering data into and formatting columns, rows and cells
  • Creating formulas and using shortcuts
  • Printing and sharing sheets
  • Common functions and calculations
  • Relative and absolute cell references
  • Sorting and filtering data.

Academy Spreadsheet Basics Sample - slow high res GIF

The interactive course is designed with the learner in mind, providing opportunities to check their knowledge in a clear, fun and visually-appealing way. Diagrams, screenshots and videos are strategically placed throughout the course to reinforce concepts and make learning enjoyable. Plus, they can revisit any section at their own pace, allowing them to refresh skills whenever needed.

What basic spreadsheet skills can do for your organisation

Investing in a spreadsheet basics course for your organisation can yield significant benefits in the following ways:


  • Enhanced Efficiency: Staff will learn to leverage formulas and functions, automating repetitive tasks and saving valuable time. This translates to a more streamlined workflow and reduced errors.
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Spreadsheets allow users to analyse information, identify trends, and generate insightful reports. This equips your team to make informed decisions based on concrete data, leading to improved outcomes across all departments.
  • Financial Management: Considering that many small businesses struggle with financial management (as highlighted by an Intuit QuickBooks survey), honing spreadsheet skills provides a solid foundation for better financial organisation and control within a company.

Expert training with The Association Academy

Intuto have drawn on feedback from our association customers, across a broad range of industries, to identify common education needs. The Association Academy courses we offer aim to address this need and build capability in compliance, business, communication, mental health and other human skills. 

Intuto understands the challenges many associations face in launching a new initiative (resourcing, investment in infrastructure, tech expertise, board approval, and so on). Intuto, via The Association Academy, has taken care of these challenges allowing associations to get going with no set up cost, ongoing license fees or any other hidden fees. The model is one of shared revenue on course sales - providing associations with a bonus non-dues revenue stream!

Earn 30% from every paid course your members invest in, at no cost to you. Build confidence in becoming an education provider for your members without the risk. Meet with us today to discuss your association's needs, and discover what The Association Academy can do for you!

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