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SharePoint Course Advice

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services is a flexible, collaborative technology that enhances the communication and productivity of work groups through a Web-based environment. SharePoint (and related technologies) are popular across a range of industries and organizations.

SharePoint 2010, 2013, and 2016

Examples of SharePoint capabilities include assigning tasks to your team members, notifying them via Outlook, and setting up automatic alerts when the tasks have been updated. You can organize related documents and link projects to those documents. Other SharePoint features include blogs, wikis, document content approval, and brainstorming.

In addition, SharePoint gives you the ability to set security and limit access to the site or individual pages or sections of the site.

Our SharePoint course series includes three levels: Introduction to SharePoint, Intermediate Applications of SharePoint, and Advanced Applications of SharePoint. Our introductory, intermediate and advanced SharePoint classes are available in versions 2010, 2013, and 2016. We recommend you take classes in the version you are using.

We also offer Advanced Topics in SharePoint: Business Intelligence, which covers methods to present your business data in meaningful ways and Advanced Topics in SharePoint: Office Integration, on sharing data between SharePoint and Office.

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer is used to extend the capabilities of SharePoint.

Using SharePoint Designer, you can create Master Pages for consistent page layout, add lists and libraries to your pages, and do other customization not available within a browser. You can also work with data sources, create connections to ODBC and combine multiple data sources.

We offer two classes in SharePoint Designer 2010, Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010 and Intermediate Applications of SharePoint Designer 2010. These two courses cover formatting and extending your sites beyond what is possible within SharePoint. Topics include Master Page, lists and libraries, Web Part Zones and Web Parts, connections to datasources, and creating and modifying workflows through the Workflow Designer Wizard. SharePoint Designer was significantly changed in SharePoint 2013. Our Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2013 course focuses on workflow and includes the new features added in version 2013. We recommend you take classes in SharePoint Designer in the version you are using.


With InfoPath, you can create forms to gather data from your customers as well as your employees. Available as part of the Office suite, InfoPath integrates with other Office products and delivers forms through Web browsers, e-mail messages, or mobile devices. Form templates ensure consistency and make form creation faster and easier.

InfoPath is also integrated with SharePoint. Form data can be sent directly to a SharePoint Services document library, and SharePoint Server's InfoPath Forms Services provides a powerful way to coordinate and manage forms.

Our course, Introduction to InfoPath, shows you how to use customized templates to create the forms you need. Form templates ensure consistency and make form creation faster and easier. In addition, you will learn how to improve the appearance of your forms, add data validation, utilize form controls, and publish forms to a SharePoint document library.

Our Intermediate InfoPath class cover more advanced layouts and formatting. You will learn to create more sophisticated layouts, apply conditional formatting, work with rules, publish forms, and import, export, and merge form data.