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There are a variety of ways to get started learning Q including videos, interactive tutorials, and custom training courses. The training videos and interactive tutorials are free to use. Custom training courses based on your data set are available for a fee.

Video Guides

A great place to get started is to watch Q in action. We have a set of videos which cover the key concepts for working in Q:

Getting Started With Q is a quick overview of the basic workflow in Q. It will take you through the process of starting a project, through to setting up your tables, to exporting your results to PowerPoint.

Creating and Modifying Variables introduces the key concepts of how Q organises your data, as well as basic methods for modifying the way your data is set up and creating new variables.

Creating Tables in Q covers the range of options that are available for creating tables. This includes creating banners and generating large batches of tables.

Working With PowerPoint takes you through the main options for creating and updating PowerPoint documents from Q.

For a more modular training experience, you can check out our Video Training page for a series of short videos covering the most basic and some advanced features of Q.

Interactive Tutorials

Q has a built-in training system that allows you to learn and practice the key techniques on real data sets. This is available in Q by selecting Help > Online Training. There you will find more than 100 Online Training modules, organized by feature, ranging from the very basics to the more advanced techniques.

This system is free to use. Once you have Q installed, select Help > Online Training and a new page will open up in your web browser. The first time you use the Online Training you will need to create a training account with a username and password. This will keep track of your training progress. When you use a module, the instructions will open side-by-side with Q. The training system will check that you have successfully completed the steps in Q before moving on to the next step.

While you can complete the modules in any order, two recommended paths to take through the training modules (one shorter and one longer) can be found in our Self-Training Programs.

Custom Paid Training courses

We offer the following training courses. The prices shown below are for online delivery with a web meeting involving you and the instructor.

Course Summary Pricing (excluding applicable taxes)
Standard Training This the standard training course given to 95%+ clients. It focuses on setting up data in Q. It takes 3-hours. USD 695
Training For Data Processing Teams This runs for three hours and trains DP teams to set up projects in Q for less-skilled users. USD 695
Q&A A 50 minute question and answer session, on any topic you want. USD 195
Topic Training This is two hour training session devoted to a specific topic, as nominated by you. USD 585

Contact support to book a training course.

Training sessions almost always involve your own data set, so that we can tailor the lesson to your needs. Please ensure all personally identifiable information has been removed from all files before sending them through to us. To do so, see How to Remove Personally Identifiable Information from a Data Set.

Face-to-face training is also possible for an additional USD 500 plus any travel costs and applicable taxes.

Creating your own training course

  1. Download the Q Cheat Sheets and modify them to meet your needs.
  2. Prepare a training plan. A good strategy for doing this is:
    • Identify a data set you wish to use for the training. Ideally, you want a data set that allows you to demonstrate all topics on the Q Cheat Sheets that you wish to cover in the training.
    • Set up the data yourself, working your way through Basic Workflow For Checking and Cleaning a Project, making sure you can identify and can resolve any issues that will arise during the training.
    • Make a copy of the Q Cheat Sheets, or, a new document, which clearly links each of the topics that you wish to cover in the cheat sheets with the best example in the questionnaire.
    • Plan the training plan in a way that permits you to check off things as you go, so you can easily see any topics that need to be covered. Generally, this means either printing it out or using a program like OneNote which allows you to have tick boxes.
  3. Make sure that you can see the screens of people that you are training, and regularly check that everybody is caught up as, if you instead just "broadcast" (e.g., show a series of slides, or, demonstrate what you are doing), generally people will only tell you they are lost when it is too late to recover.
  4. During the training work your way through the training plan, crossing off topics as you complete them.