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Intro to FileMaker

Our entry-level course on FileMaker Pro 15 or 16

Best for...
  • Absolute Novice
  • Beginning Developer
  • Power Users with no development experience

Course Length & Price

1 day (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.); $295
Note that enrollment is limited by class size, so register early to reserve your seat.

Schedule of Upcoming Classes

To register for a specific class using a credit card, please select your class and complete the online registration form—or call us at 800.946.5433 to speak in person.

* February 20, 2018 (Tue) in Coeur d'Alene, ID Register Online
* April 24, 2018 (Tue) in Coeur d'Alene, ID Register Online

Classroom Locations

For location details, please view our directions page.


Course Description

Intro to FileMaker is a well-structured first introduction to using and customizing FileMaker Pro. We provide training workstations (or bring your own laptop with FileMaker Pro 15 or 16 installed) for a personal, fun, hands-on approach.

Using FileMaker: The Basics (and Beyond)
  • Flavors of FileMaker (Pro, Advanced, Server, Go, WebDirect, etc.)
  • Database Concepts
  • FileMaker Concepts
  • Interface Tour
  • Getting Data In: Data Entry and Import
  • Finding and Organizing Data
  • Advanced Find Techniques
  • Getting Data Out: Print, Export, and Save Records As
Building a FileMaker Database
  • Creating a File
  • Defining Fields
  • Specifying Calculations
  • Creating & Editing Layouts
  • Adding Buttons
  • Managing Containers
  • Charting
  • Scripting
  • Security Overview


Our instructors are FileMaker Certified Developers and practicing consultants who bring valuable real-world experience and best practices to the classes they teach.

Both Lee Lukehart and Jim Medema have earned every FileMaker Developer Certification
and every FileMaker Authorized Trainer Certification that FileMaker Inc. has offered!
They are two of about 25 consultants in the world who have “earned them all.”

Lee Lukehart is a veteran FileMaker trainer and has earned every developer certification that FileMaker has offered (16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7). He authored the popular white paper on FileMaker Pro Charting and the TechNet webinar on advanced charting techniques.

An enthusiastic FileMaker advocate, Lee has presented sessions at Macworld Expo, Bootcamp for FileMaker, and the last four FileMaker Developer Conferences (DevCon). He has written articles for FileMaker Advisor, and served for a year as the "Advisor Answers" columnist in Advisor Basics for FileMaker magazine. Lee has been using FileMaker to solve client problems for more than two decades, and he began creating and providing FileMaker instruction formally in 2004. His students appreciate his attentive manner and patience in the classroom, and they say his responsive training style makes learning new skills fast and fun.

Jim Medema has trained more than 1000 students in the art and science of relational database development using FileMaker products and related supporting applications. Jim has earned every developer certification and authorized trainer certification that FileMaker has offered (16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8/7).

Originally trained to be an educator, Jim guides an ongoing conversation in every class about best practices - the tasks, techniques and habits that set apart the exceptional from the average. In the same way that knowing how to use a hammer and saw won’t make you a master carpenter, knowing what a FileMaker feature does won’t make you a star developer. Jim's goal is to guide you to knowledgeable and then on to exceptional! Course content can be intense, but we always laugh and eat well! Oh, and for what it’s worth, Jim’s B.A. was in English, so your chances of actually understanding the class without a geek translation device are extremely high!