Online SharePoint 2013 Power User Training Course

Taught LIVE by SharePoint MVP Laura Rogers


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December 14th - 18th, 2015

January 25th - 29th, 2016


Self-Paced Version Available Anytime!

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for $750

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No time to wait? Our self-paced course works around your schedule!


Full: $750
(Includes all recordings, a 2013 test environment, labs, manuals, scheduled Q&A session, and full support)


Recording Only: $450


To get started with the self-paced version of this course, simply go to our registration page and select your preference.

We will promptly reach out to you (please allow up to 8 business hours) with the information and materials you need to begin training!


No charges are applied until after you begin the course.

Register now and gain access to the LIVE portion of this class for a second time - absolutely free!

(Must be the same student within one year of the original course start date.)


Course Overview

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Laura Rogers A comprehensive experience that teaches the fundamental skills to achieve maximum productivity in SharePoint.


Is your organization using (or thinking about) SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online with Office 365? There are a lot of changes in this edition: you’ll have some new features, modules, and even apps to learn about, making this the perfect class to get you started on the road to SharePoint expertise. You’ll learn about the most significant updates to the out of the box features in SharePoint 2013 and be introduced to some low-code solutions right in the browser.


This fast-paced class focuses on real-world solutions, using hands-on labs and demos that present issues and answer questions you will deal with every day.


Your instructor is an industry recognized leader in SharePoint and is familiar with the ins-and-outs of the program.



"I enjoyed this type of learning environment. And you are correct, it did allow for me to keep up with my daily workload by attending mid-day. Laura was personable, helpful and delivered the course with true professionalism. I look forward to learning more from Laura. She is awesome!"
- Becky Wheeler (April 2014)


"Great training - very effective and interactive. The instructor was extremely engaging and helpful."
- Anjali Sniadowski (April 2014)


"Laura Rogers is a great trainer, the material was well developed, and the labs were pertinent to my everyday needs."
- (Sept. 2013 Student)


"This is one of the best trainings I have ever taken! Very informative, thank you!"
- Stacey Hecht (Jan. 2014)



What separates Rackspace's SharePoint 2013 Power User training from others?

The answer is Laura Rogers.

Not only is Laura a respected SharePoint MVP, she has authored and co-authored multiple books on various SharePoint topics, including:

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator's Companion
  • Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration
  • Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Business Solutions with SharePoint
  • Step by Step: Using Microsoft InfoPath 2010 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint 2010 at Work: Tricks, Traps, and Bold Opinions
  • Beginning SharePoint 2013: Building Business Solutions


Laura was also a speaker at the biggest SharePoint event in the world, SharePoint Conference 2014, and Microsoft Ignite in 2015.

Visit Laura's blog at and connect with her on Twitter: @WonderLaura

Why is this class structured with 3 hours a day for 5 days, rather than more hours and less days?

We've structured our class this way for two main reasons:

  • Life doesn't stop so we can learn SharePoint.
  • Deadlines still have to be met, emergency projects still happen, and life doesn't stand still simply because you're in a SharePoint training course. To combat this, we've structured the class so students still have time to focus on other things during normal business hours.
  • To allow students to try the hands-on labs on their own at first, after each day of class.
  • We have found that this method helps students find what they know and what they don't understand yet. Q&A sessions are available during and after class (determined by the instructor) to answer questions that may arise while working on the labs.


What audience is this class geared toward?
​Our SharePoint 2013 Power User course is geared towards anyone looking to strengthen their knowledge of SharePoint 2013, but be aware that this is not a beginner level class.

If you are new to SharePoint and are looking for more end-user or introductory training, we have many free tutorials here and on our YouTube channel. Typically, this class consists of a combination of people who need site manager training, people who have used previous versions and want to learn what's new in 2013, and people who would like to learn how to create custom (no-code) business solutions.
What are the immediate benefits of taking this course?

This course will give you the ability to:

  • Create, manage, and customize content in SharePoint.
  • Use SharePoint with greater ease and efficiency.
  • Take advantage of the deeper features of SharePoint.
  • Have more productive workdays with greater collaboration and less time being wasted.
  • Understand how to utilize SharePoint for various needs.


What version of SharePoint do I need?

​We provide you with a 2013 test environment utilizing Rackspace Cloud Servers. The content of this class is applicable to those running SharePoint 2013 on-premise, off-premise, in the cloud, and through Office365.

What are the requirements, and how do I connect once I'm signed up?

We have partnered with GoToTraining for our online classes. This effective tool makes attending class simple and keeps requirements simple. After registering, we will contact you directly with connection information and will be happy to answer any additional questions.



Have a question that isn't answered here? Contact us today!


Register now to receive:

  • A week of training with one of the leading experts in the business
  • A SharePoint 2013 test environment (available for 30 days)
  • Two detailed manuals containing class exercises and labs
  • A recorded version of your class (available on-demand for 30 days)
  • Q&A sessions each morning
  • Access to a second LIVE session of this class (same student within one year of course date)
  • A complimentary seat in our SSRS course! (A $250 value!)


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Group discounts

Discounts are available for groups of 2 or more students:


Number of Students Cost
2-420% discount for all registered students
5+30% discount for all registered students


If one individual registers for two different courses, a 20% discount is applied!



Syllabus & Schedule

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Day 1

11:00am - 12:30pm (EDT): Introduction & Overview

This module dives into what SharePoint is and all of the key components of managing a SharePoint site. You'll learn what's new in SharePoint 2013 (hint: a lot!) and how these features can benefit your organization. The focus here is to take the lessons learned from the hundreds of SharePoint projects your instructor has lead or participated in and give you real, actionable guidance on how you can improve your SharePoint environment.

  1. What is SharePoint?
  2. New features in SharePoint 2013
  3. SharePoint Environments
  4. Managing SharePoint
    • Governance: Site Policies and Procedures
    • User Adoption: User Experience Planning and Personas

1:00am - 2:30pm (EDT): Lists and Libraries

When Microsoft created lists and libraries for SharePoint, they made working with one of SharePoint's core features very easy. This gives many users the impression that lists and libraries are very limited, which is far from the truth. In this module we will pull back the covers and dive into the features hidden inside lists and libraries. We will look at those lesser-known features and expose you to all of the power and customizations that they provide.

  1. Site Basics
    • Site Navigation (on-premise & Office 365 differences)
    • Using the ribbon
    • Adding site content
  1. Creating and Managing Lists and Libraries
    • List & library templates
    • Utilizing the ribbon to change settings
    • Advanced permission settings
    • Metadata navigation
  2. Columns & Views
    • Types
    • Creating & using columns
    • Views, folders, & metadata
After class: Self-paced lab work
Day 2

11:00am - 12:30pm (EDT): Advanced Lists & Libraries

When Microsoft created lists and libraries they made working with their core features easy to do and very discoverable. This gives many users the impression they are very limited, which is far from the truth. In this module we will pull back the covers and dive into the features hidden inside lists and libraries. We will look at those lesser-known features and expose you to all of the power and customizations that they provide.

  1. Customizing List Properties
  2. General Settings
    • Versioning
    • Send-to
    • Form settings
    • Validation
    • Column default values
  3. Permissions & Management
    • List/library deletion
    • Save as template
    • Checked-out files
    • Enterprise metadata & keywords
  4. Information Management Policies
  5. Indexing & Throttling

1:00pm - 2:30pm (EDT): Site Collection Management

As a site collection administrator there is a great deal of responsibility you have within your site, and you'll be tempted with a lot of shiny buttons you can press. This module will cover how to use those various buttons and the decisions you should be making. Because changes at the site collection level affect all of the sub-sites and content below, this power must be given and used very carefully.

  1. Site Templates
  2. Understanding Site Management
  3. Managing Permissions
    • Permissions vs permission level
    • Security groups
  4. Galleries & Solutions
  5. Look & Feel
    • Composed looks
    • Navigation settings
  6. Web Analytics & Reporting
  7. Site Administration Settings
  8. Site Collection Administration Settings
After class: Self-paced lab work
Day 3

11:00am - 12:30pm (EDT): Site Design, Branding, Apps, & Web Parts

This module will explore the out-of-the-box tools that are available for building a great site in SharePoint. The focus will be on how to use the web parts that you get for free with SharePoint to their fullest potential. You'll cover the various types of pages you'll find in a SharePoint site. We even dig a little into branding your site using out of the box tools that are new in SharePoint 2013!

  1. Site Design & Branding
    • Pages
    • Web part zones
    • Web parts
  2. Site Templates
  3. Pages
    • Types of pages
    • Editing pages
  4. Apps
  5. Web Parts
    • Out-of-the-box web parts
    • Connected web parts
  6. Branding
    • Themes (Composed looks)
    • Site settings
    • Design manager

1:00pm - 2:30pm (EDT): Content Types

Content Types allow you to collect and display a wide range of information in SharePoint, and are used in a variety of techniques and concepts. Workflows, metadata (columns) and other behaviors packaged together in a reusable, centralized way are Content Types. You’ll be able to work smarter and more efficiently once you fully understand the concept of content types.

  1. Introduction to Content Types
  2. Content Type Scopes
    • Global
    • Content type hub
    • Local
  3. Using Content Types in Lists & Libraries
  4. New Content Types
  5. Examples of Content Types
  6. Document Sets
  7. Governance
After class: Self-paced lab work
Day 4

11:00am - 12:30pm (EDT): Social and Collaboration

Taking the leap toward being a more social and collaboration-focused organization? This module will explore the new and improved Collaboration and Social components on the 2013 platform.

  1. Why Social Makes Sense
  2. Site Templates
    • Community site
    • Community portal
    • About me
    • User Profiles
  3. Features
    • Sharing & following
    • Ratings/likes

1:00PM - 2:30PM (EDT): InfoPath, Office Services, and Office Web Apps

Filling out forms is a daily part of business. Integrating existing Office applications and reusing that functionality and data is a common struggle amongst today’s organizations. This module will dig into the powerful services that are available which extend SharePoint’s native functionality.

  1. InfoPath 2013 Intro
    • Creating & filling out a form
    • Form controls
    • Data sources
    • Publishing the form
    • List forms
  2. Office Services
    • InfoPath services
    • Excel services
    • Visio services
    • Access services
  3. Office Web Applications
After class: Self-paced lab work
Day 5

11:00am - 12:30pm (EDT): Workflows and SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint Designer (SPD) is the preferred tool for creating and managing Workflows in SharePoint. This module will show you what you get for free with SharePoint and then the numerous ways you can build on top of that using SPD instead of writing code.

  1. Workflow Concepts
  2. 2010 & 2013 Workflows?
  3. Out-of-the-box Workflows
  4. SharePoint Designer Workflows
  5. Packaging and Deploying
  6. Visio

1:00pm - 2:30pm (EDT): Search

This module will explore SharePoint search at a high level. The focus will be on how to use the web parts that you get for free with SharePoint to push relevant data to your users using search. Search plays a big part in driving SharePoint 2013’s content, which is why it’s important to understand how it works and how you can use it to your advantage.

  1. Why Search is Relevant to Site Collection Admins
  2. Search Configuration
  3. Content Query by Search
  4. Metadata
  5. Profiles
After class: Self-paced lab work


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In an effort to make sure each student has a the best possible experience, we limit the number of students in each class. Be sure to register ASAP to secure a seat!


If you have questions about (or simply don't understand) any information taught in this training course, feel free to join up to 30 minutes before the regularly scheduled start to work with your instructor.



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