Excel Macros

Learn how to use the power Visual Basic for Applications by using macros to automate routine activities.

Save time, effort and improve your consistency and accuracy with repetitive procedures. VBA is a full programming language – so this course is just the start of your journey.

Key content

  • Record and edit VB code
  • Understand where macros are stored and how to run them
  • Add simple alert boxes to make macros interactive
  • Add basic programming structures such as conditional statements and looping to allow you to automate repetition
  • Create a simple function macro to perform a custom calculation


  • Learn the fundamentals of creating visual basic macros in Excel
  • Learn to modify these macros where necessary


Excel Essentials

Alternatively, for University of Auckland and UniServices staff, please access the following Online learning courses to ensure you meet the minimum competency requirements for this workshop: 

  • Microsoft Office 2016 Intermediate Excel: Macros and Advanced Queries

Suitable for

This is an advanced level workshop suitable for those who have completed Excel Essentials, prescribed online learning courses or who are competent with the prerequisite topics. Before registering for this workshop, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are competent with all the prerequisite topics.  


PC and Mac computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you require a Mac, please contact us so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Excel 2016 is used. Also suitable for 2013 users.


Free for University of Auckland and UniServices staff


If you are University of Auckland staff, please visit Career Tools to view workshop availability and register on a session.

All others, please see our Registration page for more information.

Please be aware that a Cancellation policy applies to these workshop sessions. 

Dates, times and venues for scheduled workshops 2019

Friday 17 May 2019, 9am-12pm (FULL)
Room 305, Level 3, 49 Symonds Street, Auckland

Friday 2 August 2019, 9am-12pm
Room 305, Level 3, 49 Symonds Street, Auckland

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 9am-12pm
Room 305, Level 3, 49 Symonds Street, Auckland

Other resources

  • Excel SME Clinics - held regularly to provide you with access to the skills and expertise of our Excel Subject Matter Experts. SME Clinics give you the opportunity to ask questions, request guidance or assistance in solving a particular problem.
  • Online Learning - access online learning from anywhere at anytime in Career Tools.
  • Online Learning Place - register for a space in our Online Learning Place to complete your online learning without distractions, in your own time and at your own pace.