There is still plenty confusion out there on what type of training business users should go on. I get constant requests from business users to go on SharePoint Designer (SPD) training – this is not the appropriate training for people with no SharePoint experience.
You configure SharePoint in SharePoint and only use SPD for the nice to haves, custom workflow, fancy web parts or branding. You need to understand what SharePoint can offer you out of box before you take on SPD. This is true for end users, site owners, site collection administrators, business analysts, trainers, etc.
SharePoint Designer is not a tool for business users. If you think you need to go on SPD training, ask yourself these questions first
- Do you know the difference between a table and a div?
- Do you know how to create a three column div layout?
- Do you understand Style Sheets?
- Can you set overlaying divs with CSS?
- Are you able to resize images?
- Explain what this style will do:
If you can answer them, you are ready for SPD training. If not, attend good end user training and learn about the out of box functionality first. You need a decent HTML and CSS course under the belt before attempting SPD to get the most value from it.