Data Analytics Fundamentals with Excel

Learn data-driven decision making and statistical analysis skills essential to driving of business profitability and growth

Who is this for?

The course is aimed at professionals in the energy sector looking to develop their excel skills at a basic and generic level. Learners fairly new to Excel, or those that use Excel for narrow tasks, will have the opportunity to learn foundational Excel functionality.


This nanocredential is designed to reflect real world data workflows that you may come across in your daily work. The majority, if not all, of business tasks involve or can be coded as data. With a wealth of information available to us, and the need to share it in a meaningful way with others, it is important that staff are able to effectively create intelligence out of this data.

Co-designed by OPG and TALENT, the activities in this nanocredential will enhance your Excel skills to handle raw data as an object and manipulate seemingly separate data into information in response to a specific query. Skills in data handling and manipulation allow organizations to maximize resources by automating some common data tasks. Automating workflows is no longer a nice-to-have, but a requirement in the 21st century workplace.

In addition to the digital badge awarded by TALENT when competency is verified, learners will have the opportunity to secure a second Excel microcredential from Ontario Tech University following the successful submission of another separate assessment activity. All digital badges can be used to articulate the skills and competencies developed either on your digital resume, on platforms such as LinkedIn or by adding to your digital profile.


Co-designed by OPG and TALENT

Learner Benefits

Foundational Excel functionality
Handle raw data as an object and manipulate seemingly separate data into information
Manipulating simple spreadsheet data in order to calculate results
Leverage Excel to automate workflows

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Self-paced and hybrid courses start on the day you recieve your CANVAS log-in (typically 1 day after registration).
  • How much time is required of me?

    Microcredentials typically require between 8 and 10 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
  • Do I have to show up for class?

    Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on CANVAS.
  • How am I evaluated?

    What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assignment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignement is completed successfully.
  • How long is the course?

    Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 6-8 hours a week of course work. Self-paced and hybrid learners have the flexibility to complete the microcredential over three months at their own pace.
  • Will this microcredential get me a job?

    Microcredentials are a great way to differenciate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
  • Is there any financial assistance?

    We never want finances to be a reason why learners can't improve their skills and gain meaningful employment. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please reach out to us directly (

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