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Basic Skills and Tools Using Access

Basic Skills and Tools Using Access
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1. Describe the primary functions using Microsoft Access.
2. Describe the steps for creating a new database file using Microsoft Access.
3. Describe the steps for creating and modifying a table and fields using Microsoft Access.
4. Describe the steps for creating relationships between tables using Microsoft Access.
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I have created a database that records whether our staff have specific skills relating to the use of software program. Some skills are mandatory for some staff to have and some are optional.

We plan to assess annually whether they possess each skill. I want to be able to report on how many staff have all their mandatory skills at each assessment but I run out of space in the expression builder in the query that I was building and I don't have much experience with vba.

The code I was using in the expression builder of my query looks something like this.

Proficient: (IIf([Skills]="CHANGE PASSWORD" And [Skills]='OUT OF OFFICE' And [Skills]='CHANGE PERSONAL INFORMATION'.,"Proficient","Not")).

In this example I stopped at three skills but there could be up to 30 that would be necessary for a person to be deemed proficient at their assessment and that is why I am running out of space in the expression builder window.

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I have completed of my entry for my database and am now getting ready to deploy part of the database for my users. I will be adding more information and tables to the database at a later date once this part is officially completed.

My question is am I able to create a multilayered switchboard? Basically what I would like to have is the Main Switchboard where the users can access either Skills Inventory, Safety, or Licensing.

So since the Skills inventory is the completed database that is the first one I will be building. Once the users click on Skills Inventory I would like that to take them to a different switchboard where they will be able to access the reports and queries.


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