Thinking of developing your Access skills? New to Microsoft Access and don't know where to start? Want to know more about what Access can do for your business?

Microsoft Access is a popular application designers often use to store and retrieve information. It is a database management software application (DBMS) used by small businesses, large corporations and by home 'have-a-go' programmers.

Access has become one of the most widely-used applications of the well renowned Microsoft Office. Today's office environment often demands more than just email and report writing. As a result, skills in key office applications have become paramount for many businesses's success. But do we get really get the high performance results we know these applications are capable of?

Access provides powerful, easy to use design tools with relatively little effort. Its ease of use, often utilised by untrained office workers can sometimes be as much of a hindrance as a blessing as many 'have-a-go' developers overlook the true power and business value it possesses, mistaking it for a limited data modelling application.

The underlying factor for this misunderstanding is largely due to lack of knowledge and training. Learning Access from dull manuals is often difficult to learn and far from enjoyable.

However, this no longer has to be the case! Many training companies are offering instructor led Microsoft Access training courses, delivered in a professional and easy to digest manner. Trainers combine their experience with real development knowledge - they really do know their stuff and are able to break down key concepts into manageable units.

The Microsoft Office Suite has come along way in the last decade and fortunately so too has the training. Gone are the days of large classes, limited training material and questionable delivery. Microsoft training is now a booming industry with a selection of course venues, availability and competitive prices to match.

These days you can expect professional Access training, delivered by Microsoft certified trainers in Microsoft authorised centres. Many of the larger training companies now offering up to three Microsoft Access public schedules courses a week at introduction, intermediate, advanced and VBA (programming) level according to the users experience and understanding.

So Access 'newbies' can benefit from the introduction training level, learning important concepts such as how to use tables, fields and records in relation to simple queries, forms and views. The more advanced users will develop skills in SQL queries and how they relate to relational databases.

Students with more tailored needs can take advantage of bespoke training or even consider a mentoring approach in the form of consultancy. Consultancy can be a great choice for users who need to understand or tweak an already existing Access application. Consultancy can also help with database design or re-design and development to improve robustness, efficiency and usability.

Students may find it convenient to have classes conducted and/or tailored at their company site. This is becoming an increasingly popular approach. Public schedules, near-site, one-to-one and consultancy are also widely offered.

These days, you can choose the best time to learn. Public schedule courses for Access, run many times a month and on-site training can be scheduled around your team's workload allowing more control and focus relating to your business goals. You can also gain recognition of your Access skills by taking Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certified examinations examinations.

The future looks bright for Access students, with a plentiful supply of courses in an extremely competitive market. The Microsoft Office training industry often offers promotional rates and easy online booking. With the variety of training and competitive rates there has never been a better or easier time to develop key Microsoft Access skills.