Computer training

Computer training

IT courses

Update your computer skills by attending one of our excellent IT training courses. Held at the Custom House and Surry Hills branches, the courses cover:

  • computer, email and internet basics
  • Microsoft Office software
  • social media

Members can also try our free online course and start their training right now. We also hold topical presentations on IT matters and run workshops in an open computer lab where you can receive personal help with specific tasks.

More details on our courses, presentations and workshops are available below.

The basics

These courses will get you up and running.

Introduction to computers (PCs)

This course is great for adults with no previous computer experience. Become familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows while learning basic computer, mouse and keyboard skills in a supportive environment.

Introduction to computers (Macs)

This course is designed for adults with no previous computer experience. Become familiar with computers and the Mac operating system (OS) while learning basic computer, mouse and keyboard skills in a supportive environment. We use MacBook Pros, Apple's powerful laptop computer.

Internet basics (PCs)

Learn to navigate and search the internet. This course uses Internet Explorer to navigate websites and Google to perform online searches. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required.

Internet basics (Macs)

Become familiar with Apple Safari to navigate websites and Google to perform online searches. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required. We use MacBook Pros, Apple's powerful laptop computer.

Email basics (PCs)

Learn how to keep in touch using email. During this course you will create an email account and learn the basic skills for everyday emailing. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required.

Email basics (Macs)

Learn how to keep in touch using email. During this course you will create an email account and learn the basic skills for everyday emailing. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required. We use MacBook Pros, Apple's powerful laptop computer.

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Social media

Do you want to be a part of the social networking revolution but are not sure where to start? We have some great courses that will help to get you Facebooking and Tweeting in no time.

Facebook for beginners (PCs)

Learn how to join and use Facebook, a popular social network used to communicate online. You will learn the basics of creating posts, uploading photos and maintaining your privacy settings. To attend this course you will need good general computer skills (including mouse and keyboard), experience navigating the internet and an email address.

Facebook for beginners (Macs)

Learn how to join and use Facebook, a popular social network used to communicate online. You will learn the basics of creating posts, uploading photos, and maintaining your privacy settings. To attend this course you will need good general computer skills (including mouse and keyboard), experience navigating the internet and an email address. We use MacBook Pros, Apple's powerful laptop computer.

Twitter for beginners

Learn how to join and use Twitter, a popular social media app to communicate online. To attend this course you will need good general computer skills (including mouse and keyboard), experience navigating the internet and an email address.

Intermediate Facebook and Twitter

If you are already using Facebook and Twitter, this course will take your skills to the next level. You will learn how to get the most from both social networks plus more about security, privacy and safety. Previous experience and accounts with Facebook and Twitter are required.

Social media marketing 101

Do you want to learn more about using social media to market yourself or the organisation you work for? If so this course is for you. You will learn how to develop a successful social media plan to:

  • Promote awareness of your profile or organisation
  • Attract followers to your online profiles
  • Engage with clients
  • Understand best practice
  • Use resources that build and integrate your social network presence.

This course is suited to adults with excellent computer skills and experience using social media.

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Microsoft Office 2007

Learn how to use popular Microsoft applications, Word and Excel.

Word basics

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create and edit documents like letters, memos and stories. You will learn how to use the ribbon (the new way to use menus and tool bars), move (cut, paste and copy) and format text. Good mouse, keyboard and general computer skills required.

Excel basics

Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets for budgeting, managing lists and tracking data. You will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet, use the ribbon (the new way to use menus and tool bars), enter and edit text and numbers, and manipulate columns, rows and cells. Good mouse, keyboard and general computer skills required.

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Workshops

Open computer lab

If you already have basic computer skills and software knowledge but need some help with an unfamiliar task, come to an open computer lab. Typical tasks that people need assistance with include using the library's online catalogue or databases, formatting a CV or résumé, creating an online account or doing something specific using Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher. Sessions are time-limited (30 minutes help and 1 hour learning on the computer).

eReaders and Tablets: A Hands-on Workshop

If you are thinking about buying an eReader or Tablet or have bought one and feel a bit lost, this hands-on workshop is for you. We’ll introduce some of the most popular brands and let you try them out. Feel free to bring your own along if you've got one.

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Upcoming courses

26 June 2015
2.00pm

Tech Specs and What's New?

The Sydney PC User Group's Alex Zaharov Reutt will show us the latest technologies available now and coming soon to improve our lives, and will recap the latest ways to keep your computers and devices malware-free while staying safe on the Internet. 

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30 June 2015
2.00pm

Word Basics @ Kings Cross Library

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents, such as letters, memos, or stories. We will learn how to create and edit a document; use the Ribbon (Word 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); move text (with cut, copy & paste); and format text, a page and a document. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.

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15 July 2015
12.00pm

Open Computer Lab @ Customs House Library

Need help with your computer, software, mobile phone or device? Have your questions answered by the Library staff. Time is limited to a 15-minute help session per person within the 1-hour session. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or device. Relevant computer skills and software knowledge are necessary.

Register
15 July 2015
2.00pm

Word Basics @ Customs House Library

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents, such as letters, memos, or stories. We will learn how to create and edit a document; use the Ribbon (Word 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); move text (with cut, copy & paste); and format text, a page and a document. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.  

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16 July 2015
2.00pm

Computer Basics @ Customs House Library

This course is designed for adults with no previous computer experience. Become familiar with using the mouse, the keyboard and the desktop and opening and using programs in a supportive environment. Please note: Public transport is your best option for getting to this class.  

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16 July 2015
5.00pm

My Website and Me @ Surry Hills Library

  Wanting to get your website up on the web? This seminar with EmpireOne guides you through the process of getting your website up on the web and how to get your message out there!   This will not be an advanced technical session, however each piece of the puzzle of how to start a website will be explained so you'll be ready to get started at home.    

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21 July 2015
10.00am

Email Basics (in English) on Mac @ Haymarket Library

 Keep in touch with email! We will create an email account and learn the basic skills for everday emailing.  Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer are required.  

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21 July 2015
2.00pm

Mac Basics (in English) @ Haymarket Library

    Never used a Macintosh Laptop before? No problems! In this course we cover all the basics from using the track pad and opening an application to finding files. You’ll gain an understanding of the latest  Macintosh operating system. This course will be run on supplied Macintosh laptops.

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21 July 2015
2.00pm

The Cloud, In My Own Hands @ Customs House Library

Join Sebastien Tremblay from EmpireOne for this talk that gives a guide on using cloud-based email, contact lists and Document back up, so that you can try it home. With a half hour Q & A session at the end of this talk you'll be ready to jump on board with cloud computing.    

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21 July 2015
3.00pm

Word Basics @ Surry Hills Library

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents, such as letters, memos, or stories. We will learn how to create and edit a document; use the Ribbon (Word 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); move text (with cut, copy & paste); and format text, a page and a document. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.  

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28 July 2015
3.00pm

Internet Basics @ Surry Hills Library

Learn to navigate and search the Internet! We will use Internet Explorer to navigate websites and use Google to become good online searchers. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer are required.  

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4 August 2015
10.00am

Web Pages 101 @ Surry Hills Library

Learn to create your own website. In this Intermediate IT course, we will learn basic HTML (the language used to build websites) to create a simple webpage and use Weebly to build a well designed and easy to use personal webpage. Excellent computer/internet skills and an email address are required.

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4 August 2015
3.00pm

Email Basics @ Surry Hills Library

Keep in touch with email! We will create an email account and learn the basic skills for everyday emailing. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required.  

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11 August 2015
2.00pm

Internet Basics @ Ultimo Library

Learn to navigate and search the Internet! We will use Internet Explorer to navigate websites and use Google to make effective online searches Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer are required.      

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11 August 2015
3.00pm

Excel Basics @ Surry Hills Library

Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets—an easy way to create budgets, manage lists, or track data. We will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet; use the Ribbon (Excel 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); enter and edit text & numbers; and manipulate columns, rows and cells as well as learn basic formulas and graphs.. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.  

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12 August 2015
2.00pm

Word Basics @ Customs House Library

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents, such as letters, memos, or stories. We will learn how to create and edit a document; use the Ribbon (Word 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); move text (with cut, copy & paste); and format text, a page and a document. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.  

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13 August 2015
2.00pm

What's New in Open Source? @ Customs House Library

Open source: software that is free to use, share and modify; a real alternative to the expensive commercial software packages. In 2015 what are the most useful and easy-to-use open source offerings for individuals? Roger Foulds from the Sydney PC User Group sheds light on this important topic. Please note: Public transport is your best option for getting to this seminar  

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18 August 2015
10.00am

Word Basics @ Surry Hills Library

Learn to use Microsoft Word 2007 to create documents, such as letters, memos, or stories. We will learn how to create and edit a document; use the Ribbon (Word 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); move text (with cut, copy & paste); and format text, a page and a document. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required.  

Register
18 August 2015
10.00am

Mandarin Email Basics on Mac @ Haymarket Library

  基 础电子邮件班 用电邮保持联络!你将学习如何开一个电子邮件       户口,以及一些日常实用的基本电邮常识。参加此课程,你必需       会使用滑鼠器及键盘,并有操作电脑的经验。本课程是使用苹果       手提式电脑教学    

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18 August 2015
2.00pm

Mandarin Mac Basics @ Haymarket Library

苹果电脑基础班从来没有用过苹果手提式电脑吗? 没问题!我们将教你所有的基础常识及操作,包括如何使用触碰板、打开应用程式找寻档案。你将会了解苹果电脑的最新操作系统 本课程是使用苹果手提式电脑教学

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18 August 2015
3.00pm

Computer Basics @ Surry Hills Library

This course is designed for adults with no previous computer experience. Become familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows while learning basic computer, mouse and keyboard skills in a supportive environment.  

Register
19 August 2015
12.00pm

Open Computer Lab @ Customs House Library

Need help with your computer, software, mobile phone or device? Have your questions answered by the Library staff. Time is limited to a 15-minute help session per person within the 1-hour session. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or device. Relevant computer skills and software knowledge are necessary.

Register
20 August 2015
10.00am

Internet Basics @ Customs House Library

Learn to navigate and search the Internet! We will use Internet Explorer to navigate websites and use Google to become good online searchers. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer are required.  

Register
20 August 2015
2.00pm

Email Basics @ Customs House Library

Keep in touch with email! We will create an email account and learn the basic skills for everyday emailing. Basic mouse/keyboard skills and some experience using a computer required.  

Register
21 August 2015
2.30pm

Online Shopping - My Own Store @ Ultimo Library

Find out about online shopping including eBay, online stores, etc., in a session aimed at shoppers and shop owners with topics going across both sides. Presented by EmpireOne.    

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24 August 2015
10.00am

Intermediate Facebook @ Surry Hills Library

Do you already use Facebook? Learn how to get the most out of Facebook with an emphasis on security, privacy and safety. This in an intermediate course: Excellent computer skills, previous experience using Facebook and a Facebook account required.  

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25 August 2015
3.00pm

Intermediate Word @ Surry Hills Library

Go beyond the basics with Microsoft Word 2007. We will learn how to Insert objects (such as tables, images, headers & footers, text and symbols) and use Page Layout to change our document's theme, setup, background and paragraph. Good mouse, keyboard & computer skills and experience using Word 2007 required.    

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26 August 2015
2.00pm

Excel Basics @ Customs House Library

Learn to use Microsoft Excel 2007 to create spreadsheets—an easy way to create budgets, complex lists, or track data. We will learn how to create and edit a spreadsheet; use the Ribbon (Excel 2007’s new way to use menus and toolbars); enter and edit text & numbers; and manipulate columns, rows and cells. Good mouse, keyboard and computer skills required. Public Transport is your best option for getting to this event.  

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27 August 2015
2.00pm

Facebook 101 @ Customs House Library

Learn how to join and use Facebook, a popular social network used to communicate online. We’ll learn the basics of creating posts, uploading photos, and maintaining privacy settings. This is an intermediate course: good mouse, keyboard & computer skills required, in addition to an email address and experience navigating the Internet.  

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28 August 2015
2.00pm

Make me popular online! @ Customs House Library

Are you in business online? Find out about online marketing concepts and take a more in-depth look at social media Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to drive traffic or generate business. Presented by Sebastien Tremblay from EmpireOne. No computers are used.    

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Last updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2012