Digital Skills Courses for Staff

The digital skills courses for Cardiff Met staff are designed to develop skills staff need to use technology productively at Cardiff Met. 

Our courses include Microsoft Office Specialist courses for Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint. Our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met portfolio of courses develop Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Photoshop and Qualtrics skills; the associated Cardiff Met digital badges provide evidence of those skills.

All of our courses are contextualised to Cardiff Met situations; using examples and exercises that will be familiar and relevant to staff.  The aim is to develop appropriate, transferable skills that can quickly and easily be applied in the workplace at Cardiff Met.

Digital Skills Framework

Cardiff Met's Digital Skills Framework provides an excellent opportunity to develop and prove digital skills that are most relevant to you

The framework is comprised of the Discovery Tool survey, a report that breaks down your strengths and areas for development, training courses and resources and certification options to prove your digital skills.

To get started, you can attend an Digital Skills Framework Introductory Session or use the Quick Start option.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) courses and qualifications

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is a globally renowned qualification programme that certifies expertise in Office software. At Cardiff Met we have combined the Microsoft Office Specialist qualification with our bespoke training programme to offer high quality, relevant training that allows you to prove your skills through MOS certification.

There are four MOS specialist courses available for Cardiff Met staff:

  • MOS Excel logo Microsoft Office Specialist Excel - Learn how to analyse, manipulate and present data in Excel. The course will give you the skills you need to master the principle features of Excel. The course uses Cardiff Met specific examples and exercises, together with official courseware from Microsoft to provide comprehensive resources for learning Excel.

  • MOS Word logo Microsoft Office Specialist Word - Learn how to structure and organise your Word documents. The course will give you the skills you need to layout your work professionally, with a particular focus on academic documents. The course will give you the confidence to use the full-range of Word tools you need for your studies or role at Cardiff Met .

  • MOS PowerPoint logo Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint - Learn not only the technical skills required to use PowerPoint productively, but also the design principles behind creating great presentations.  This comprehensive course explores the full range of PowerPoint features and will enable you to create slides to perfectly complement your presentations.

  • MOS Outlook logo Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook - Learn how to process your email, calendar and to-do list more efficiently. The course examines useful, but underutilised tools, such as Flags and Tags, Quick Steps and Search Folders that can help you to be significantly more productive when using Outlook.

Take a look at our Microsoft Office Specialist page to find out more about the benefits of MOS.


Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification

MOS Experts.pngDevelop advanced Microsoft Office knowledge and skills and prove that through a Microsoft Office Specialist: Expert qualification.

MOS Excel Expert, MOS Word Expert and MOS Access Expert courses and qualifications are now available to Cardiff Met students and staff, for free.

Visit the Advanced Microsoft Office Specialist training and certification page to find out more and sign-up.

Web Design Fundamentals course

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The Web Design Fundamentals course develops the skills you need to create, edit and style web pages. On completion of the course, you will be confident in the fundamentals of two key web technologies: HTML and CSS.

Whether you are looking to create your own website; perhaps a blog or a personal portfolio site, or if you are preparing yourself for employment by developing relevant digital capabilities, this course will give you the knowledge and skills you need. And you’ll have fun doing it!

The course leads to the Information Technology Specialist qualification for HTML and CSS. This certification provides proof that you are proficient in the fundamentals of front-end web design, a valued skill.

Information Technology Specialist - technical training and certification

Information Technology Specialist (ITS) qualifications are technical qualifications that prove your digital skills in a range of topics, including programming (Javascript, Python and Java), software development, database theory and practice, networking and artificial intelligence

In conjunction with our partners, we are able to offer Cardiff Met students and staff comprehensive LearnKey e-lessons and exams for each of the ITS qualifications, for free.

Visit the Information Technology Specialist training and certification page to find out more and sign-up.

Digital Badges at Cardiff Met courses

Cardiff Met's digital credentialing programme provides recognition and evidence of skills and achievements through secure and verifiable digital badges.

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Successfully completing a course and gaining a digital badge proves that you have developed skills that are relevant to your job role. The current range of courses that lead to a Cardiff Met digital badge are:

Visit our Digital Badges at Cardiff Met page to find out more about the benefits of digital badges and how they work.

Tools for Teaching

Cardiff Met has a variety of software - such as Microsoft Teams, Adapt Builder, Sway, Stream, Mentimeter and Forms - that can be used to deliver and enhance learning and teaching.

The sessions listed on the Tools for Teaching page will help you develop the skills and practices to use these tools effectively. The sessions available are:Decorative image

  • Can-Do with Canva: Designing graphics by drag and drop!
  • Creating Online Quizzes
  • Engaging E-lessons with Adapt Builder
  • Microsoft Sway: Using Sway as a teaching aid
  • Teams for Teaching: Managing Teams and Meetings
  • Teams for Teaching: Enhancing Teams Teaching
  • Video, Video, Video

For guidance and support on technologies such as Moodle and Panopto, please see the Technology Enhanced Learning resources, provided by our colleagues in QED.

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There are two Microsoft Educator Programmes that prove digital skills and the ability to deliver innovative teaching on a range of topics using the latest Microsoft tools. Both programmes lead to Microsoft certification and are available to Cardiff Met students and staff for free.

Streamlining Business Processes

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The Streamlining Business Processes series of training focuses on tools – Microsoft Lists, Power Automate and SharePoint - and methods that can make business processes more efficient. The sessions in this series are:

  • SharePoint Administration
  • Simple data storage with Microsoft Lists
  • Automating processes with Power Automate

Thinking Like a Programmer

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Thinking Like a Programmer is a new series that looks at how to create solutions using programming concepts and thought processes.

The series is for anyone who is interested in developing Power Automate flows (covered by the Streamlining Business Processes series, which this series synergises nicely with), learners enrolled on an Information Technology Specialist programming course or anyone who wants to learn a bit about programming!

Business Objects

The Business Objects course explores how staff can report on Cardiff Met corporate data using the business intelligence tool, Business Objects. The purpose of the course is for users to learn how to use the Business Intelligence Launch Pad to access reports and the Web Intelligence reporting tool to create and customise reports.

Study Support Software training

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Study Support Training sessions help you make the most of some of the assistive software - such as ClaroRead, MindView and Learning Labs - that are available to Cardiff Met students and staff. The sessions available are:

  • MindView and ClaroRead training
  • Assistive features in Microsoft Office and Learning Labs
  • Daily Digital: MindView Tips - essay and presentation planning
  • Daily Digital: ClaroRead tips - proofreading

Digital Skills Moodle module and Microsoft Team

Digital Skills logo x1200.pngThe Digital Skills Moodle module contains training materials and resources to develop the digital capabilities that students need for their studies, research and future career, and that staff need for their role at Cardiff Met.

The Digital Skills Microsoft Team is used to host our training sessions and is a place for Cardiff Met students and staff to ask and answer questions that will help them build their digital capabilities.


Essential IT: An IT Induction for Cardiff Met Staff

Essential IT Logo.pngOur IT Induction programme, Essential IT, is available for new members of Cardiff Met staff. The course aims to: introduces essential IT systems and software that are used throughout the university, explore best practice ideas when using IT at Cardiff Met and provide avenues of support and pathways for further IT Training.

All staff courses are subject to the standard staff development cancellation fee policy.  If you have any questions, please drop us an email: