I am delighted to welcome you to the new Spreadsheet Safe website, and this our first blog post today from our new location. We hope you will find the new website easy to use and navigate. Our aim is to make the site a resource for useful information about the Spreadsheet Safe Programme, and to use social media and the tools of digital marketing to optimise how we engage and interact with our students and clients. The Spreadsheet Safe training and certification programme continues to go from strength to strength, with new and returning participants coming from the world’s leading companies and organisations, where awareness about spreadsheets risks, and the end-user skills and training required today have gained considerable currency.

Our students come from over 30 countries, and through their dedication and hard work they have have demonstrated their skills, awareness and knowledge in achieving the Spreadsheet Safe certification standard. Today, we continue to see how accuracy and behavioural care and awareness in working with spreadsheets continues to be a relevant message. The Spreadsheet Safe qualification and skill set is finding a growing audience of loyal participants, and the qualification is becoming increasingly sought after by employers, who see Spreadsheet Safe as a distinctive seal of skill and awareness for everyday ‘practitioner’ spreadsheet end-users from areas including: finance, treasury, funds, banking, practice, governmental, energy and NGO’s.

Our work over the last number of years with EuSpRig (European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group) as well as some of the leading finance and accounting bodies has helped us develop and confirm a relevant and current training qualification that adds value to the skills and awareness of spreadsheet end-users. This year has seen our Syllabus Advisory Council (SAC) established, with a mandate to oversee and validate the Spreadsheet Safe programme, given the needs and demands of todays workplace. Chaired by Dudley Dolan, (Chairman of the European Commission’s CEN Workshop on ICT Skills), members are drawn from EuSpRig (European Spreadsheet Risks Interest Group), from Professional Practice firms, as well as from leading professional bodies such as ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).

The aim of the Syllabus Advisory Council (SAC) is to keep the Spreadsheet Safe qualification up-to-date and relevant for our students, but also importantly a key aim for the Council is to ‘spread the word’ about spreadsheet risks through a range of dissemination outputs. This year will also see us utilise the power of video, in order to communicate and train students about spreadsheet risks using the Spreadsheet Safe Learning Network Portal, where learning materials, resources and video tutorials will be available. Spreadsheet Safe is now also accessible via a range of social media channels including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

I would be delighted if you would join, follow, share, like and comment across these social channels, as we seek to bring you news and updates about Spreadsheet Safe. In this way, all our relevant online details are shown below:


We very much look forward to welcoming new participants to the Spreadsheet Safe programme in 2016, and we are delighted to make our new website ‘proclamation’ today, 15th of March 2016!

Best regards,


Garry Cleere
Programme Director
Spreadsheet Safe
00 353 1 716 5428
00 353 86 100 8941

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