Programme Summary

This course focuses on practical aspects and an in-depth understanding of Microsoft Visio, a data processing tool that is useful to simplify and communicate complex information using data-linked diagrams.

This application is not exploited enough by professionals in the public and private sector, despite having a very interesting potential.  As a result, Equinox has developed this course, to address the need for such an application in both the public and the private sector.

Mastering the skills of the MS Visio Application will simplify work on a day to day basis, hence personnel may develop their ability to create more complex diagrams in less time and more professionally. Thus, enhancing the expertise of any organisation or project while maximising job performance.

The course is therefore structured in two different levels: A Basic course, made up of 4 Modules, and an Advanced Module.

Although the course follows a structured course outline, the trainers’ past professional experience working with both public and private clients will allow them to modify lectures in a way which incorporates queries and scenarios in line with the trainee’s current needs and employment.

Microsoft Visio for Professionals is designed both for people who are already familiar with the layout and basic features of Microsoft Visio and are interested in enhancing their skillset and knowledge of the tool, as well as for those who do not have previous experience with the tool and are eager to exploit all of its functions.


The Objectives of this Course include:

  • Understanding How to Work with Basic Diagrams and Shapes;
  • Familiarisation with the Application Tools for the Creation of Simple and Complex Organisational Charts;
  • Developing Awareness and Confidence in Creating Shapes, Design Styles, Templates, and Stencils;
  • Understanding How to Work with Layers;
  • Enhancing the Power of Data Visualisation to Deliver Useful Information on the Diagram Contents, through an Accurate Choice of Shapes, their Positions on the Page, the Way they are Connected, as well as many Additional Visual Cues;
  • Improving Processes and Operations through the use of Effective Tools such as the Hyperlink to External Data Sources, and the Choice of Specific Graphic items; and
  • Using Sharing and Collaboration Features in Visio 2016.

Course Programme

Module 1 – Get Started with Visio 2016

Date: 29th January & 1st February 2018
Time: 17:00 – 19:45

  • Understand Shapes, Masters, Stencils, and Templates;
  • Explore the Backstage View;
  • Understand Tool Tabs and Add-in Tabs;
  • Begin quickly by using Starter Diagrams;
  • Explore the Drawing Window;
  • Manage the Shapes Window;
  • Pan and Zoom in the Drawing Window;
  • Preview and Print Drawings; and
  • Save Drawings in Other File Formats;

 Module 2Create Diagrams & Add Data to Diagrams

Date: 5th and 9th February 2018
Time: 17:00 – 19:45

  • Place Shapes by using the Dynamic Grid;
  • Select Shapes;
  • Copy, Paste, and Duplicate Shapes;
  • Position Shapes by using Rulers and Guides;
  • Resize, Reposition, and Reorient Shapes;
  • Connect Shapes using Lines;
  • Connect Shapes using Dynamic Connectors;
  • Use Auto-Connect and Quick Shapes;
  • Use Auto-Add and Auto-Delete;
  • Work with Shape Data; and
  • Enhance Diagram Effectiveness.

Module 3 – Manage Text, Shapes, and Pages

Date: 12th and 15th February 2018
Time: 17:00 – 19:45

  • Manage Shape Text;
  • Manage Shape Style, Colour and Themes;
  • Create and Format Text Boxes;
  • Add ScreenTips and Comments;
  • Use the Format Painter;
  • Insert Pictures;
  • Understand and Use Layers;
  • Manage Pages; and
  • Create and Store Templates.

Module 4 – Advanced Options and Settings for Enhancing Visio Performance

Date: 19th and 22nd February 2018
Time: 17:00 – 19:45

  • Create more Complex Diagrams;
  • Enhance Diagram Effectiveness;
  • Link to External Data;
  • Enhance Diagrams by Adding Hyperlinks;
  • Containers, Lists and Callouts;
  • Share and Collaborate on Diagrams; and
  • Publish Diagrams to the Web.


Bernard Mallia

Bernard Mallia, is not just another run-of-the-mill MS Office trainer. Our training is exclusively designed for professionals and we strongly believe that professionals should not just expect a trainer who can showcase the tools of MS Office applications using rote operations. If this is what you are after, you are better off going for the ECDL Advanced module. Our training aims, and is accordingly designed, to be much more than that.

We choose our trainers on the basis of their proven business and problem-solving abilities, and Bernard Mallia is a case in point. Bernard is a certified MS Office Advanced User and MS Office Expert (one of three on the island) and is an experienced business professional with strong report writing and data analysis skills who also happens to be passionate about lecturing and imparting skills. Bernard is the person with whom our clients share practical real-life scenarios and difficulties with the intent of learning how to exploit the software platform being explored to solve them. This makes our method of delivery a well-balanced trade-off between broad-insight lecturing (as Bernard brings to the table not only his expertise in MS Visio but also his vast knowledge of its integration with other information systems) and problem-specific consulting.

The feedback that we have elicited from our bespoke training sessions given by Bernard were invariably very positive both inasmuch as the trainer himself is concerned, and also with respect to the delivery method utilised by Equinox Academy on the basis of the market research conducted by Equinox Advisory Ltd.

Bernard is an experienced independent consultant and adviser in the fields of MS Office Suite, Economics, Project Management, ICT and Information Systems. He has a polymathic background and was awarded his first degree in Commerce with a specialisation in Public Policy and Economics, as well as an Honours Degree in Public and Private Sector Management from the University of Malta. He pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh where he read for a M.Sc. in Economics, and at the European University where he read for a M.Sc. in Information Systems. He has also been the recipient of diplomas in Computerised Bookkeeping (IAB), Project Management (CIC), and Advertising and Public Relations (CIC).

The Fee for the Course is as follows:

  • Registration Fee (Non-Refundable): EUR 35.
  • Course Fee including: Lectures, Course Notes, Certificate of Attendance and Refreshments (Please see our Terms and Conditions on changes, rejections and cancellations): EUR 525

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Equinox Academy is licensed as a Higher Education Institution (License number 2015-005) by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.


Sessions for this course will be held in English as follows:

  • Module 1: 29th January and 1st February 2018
  • Module 2: 5th and 9th February 2018
  • Module 3: 12th and 15th February 2018
  • Module 4: 19th and 22nd February 2018


The venue of the course will be communicated to the registered participants ahead of course commencement.