FileMaker Training Series, Spring 2011

Post date: Mar 3, 2011 9:21:43 PM

San José State University is a FileMaker Authorized Trainer of the complete FileMaker Training Series (FTS) for campus faculty, staff, and students. (You won't see us on the public list of trainers because we don't offer our training outside of the campus community. Outside, complete FTS training costs from $1,500 to $2,000 per trainee.)The FileMaker Training Series is the official training curriculum from FileMaker, Inc. It offers a series of 12 training modules that cover a comprehensive set of topics designed to help you master the essentials of FileMaker solution development. The FileMaker Training Series is targeted at intermediate to advanced FileMaker developers, but anyone who wants to create databases can increase their knowledge from these time-tested materials. This series is also a key resource for becoming a FileMaker Certified Developer.

The FTS modules are as follows:

  1. Using FileMaker Pro
  2. Working with Fields
  3. Data Modeling
  4. Working with Layouts
  5. Calculation Functions
  6. Scripts
  7. Reporting
  8. Security
  9. Intermediate & Advanced Techniques
  10. FileMaker Server
  11. Connectivity
  12. Web Publishing

See: Module Descriptions, Sample Modules,

With generous support from the Division of Student Affairs and the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), Eric Matthews, Systems Analyst, certified developer, and authorized trainer, will be training on each of these twelve modules on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, beginning March 15 with Using FileMaker Pro:

  • March 15, 17, 29
  • April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 28
  • May 3, 5, 10, 17

Staff and faculty may attend all twelve modules (for a "Certificate of Completion") or if they already have experience with any version of FileMaker Pro, they can attend any of the sessions separately.


Attendance requires each trainee to bring a copy of the FileMaker Training Series book and DVD, which employees or departments can purchase online for $99.

From the Center for Faculty Development:

Please remember that a text will be needed to take the course. The discounted cost will be about $65. When you RSVP to let CFD know that you will be taking the course, please also let them know if your department will be providing the funding for the text or if you will individually be paying for the text. If your department is providing the funding, they will be given an account to transfer the funding. If you will be paying for the text, we will make arrangements with the Bursar's Office so that you may pay for the text there.

Contact CFD for further information.

Attendance also requires registration through Center for Faculty Development: or call 4-2303.

Suggested Prerequisites

"Introduction to FileMaker", a FileMaker Pro Interactive Tutorial,

or equivalent experience using or making FileMaker Pro databases or other database (Access, Oracle, MySQL, etc.),

or proficiency in creating spreadsheets (e.g. calculations, etc.).

Additional Recommendations

Each trainee should have an active SJSUOne account:

FTS Trainees should then subscribe to the FileMaker Group at SJSU where they can get updates about the courses and participate in this peer technical support group: