SharePoint Administration Fundamentals

Learn how to customise and configure SharePoint team sites, document libraries and security permissions to suit your team’s needs.  Successful completion of the course leads to the SharePoint Administrator digital badge and certificate.

This course explores essential tools and techniques that SharePoint administrators need to utilise to effectively manage their team sites. The course is relevant to any SharePoint admin, from small project sites to large school or unit site collections. Topics include: setting up properties, enabling sorting and filtering through views, permission fundamentals and customising site design.

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The course consists of two mandatory face-to-face training session, that are each 3 hours long and 1-3 hours of additional learning in the form a project based assessment. Estimated learning time: 7–9 hours.

Sign-up for the course by following the links to the course page on Learning Pool (staff only).

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Target Audience

​Cardiff Met staff who are, or may in future be, administrators of a SharePoint team site. This may include school/unit administrators, business support personnel, project leaders and team managers.  (Not available to students)


​You should first complete the Managing Shared Documents with SharePoint course, or have equivalent knowledge before enrolling on this course.


The course is free to Cardiff Met staff, but places are limited.

I found the course very useful. I was familiar with the subject area but learnt some useful things around creating and personalising team sites on sharepoint that I wasn't previously aware.

Course Structure

The course is comprised of two mandatory face-to-face training sessions, that are each 3-hours long and an additional 1-3 hours of learning in the form a practical project assessment. The sessions are very hands-on with a series of practice projects that are to be completed.

Session I - Security and Permissions -  the first session explores the importance of maintaining a secure SharePoint environment and how to do so effectively through permission levels, inheritance and groups.

Session II - Administering Sites and Libraries -  in the second session you will learn how to create and customise team sites and how to organise document libraries to suit your team.

To help develop your skills you will have access to a range of resources:

  • a Learning Pool module that hosts the course materials
  • a SharePoint "sandbox" site, to experiment with SharePoint, and a realistic practice site
  • a Panopto video recording of the training session

To complete the course and gain the SharePoint Administrator digital badge, you are required to complete the face-to-face training and pass a project based assessment, which is a series of SharePoint administration tasks that need to be completed in a realistic SharePoint 2016 environment.

Estimated amount of learning time:

  • Classroom teaching: 6 hours
  • Practice projects: 1 - 3 hours

For a total of between 7 - 9 hours.

Digital Badge Certification

SharePoint Administrator badge

Successful completion of the course leads to the SharePoint Administrator digital badge and certificate.

The digital badge is issued by Cardiff Metropolitan University through the Acclaim platform.

To complete the course and gain the digital badge, learners are required to complete the face-to-face training and pass a practical project assessment: a series of SharePoint administration tasks undertaken in a SharePoint 2016 environment. 

Earners of the SharePoint Administrator badge are able to effectively configure and customise SharePoint team sites to suit the needs of their team. They understand the importance of maintaining a secure SharePoint environment and are able to do so through permission levels, inheritance and groups. SharePoint Administrators are able to customise team sites by editing homepages and site navigation options. They are able to organise document libraries through columns, views and library settings.

Visit the Digital Badges at Cardiff Met page to find out more about our digital credentialing programme.

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Specific Learning Outcomes

​By the end of the session trainees should be able to:

  • Administer SharePoint document libraries by creating, modifying and deleting libraries.
  • Configure properties, columns and views to help better organise document libraries.
  • Grant users appropriate permissions to a team site to ensure data is kept securely.
  • Construct an appropriate security structure for team sites, sub-sites and document libraries by using permission inheritance and SharePoint groups.
  • Customise a team site by adding site-specific text, images and web parts
  • Configure a team site's navigation options.

Got a question?

See whether the Certification FAQs page answers it, or find out more about more about Digital Badges at Cardiff Met.  If you still have questions, get in touch with the IT Training team via email.