Access or Sharepint

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Dec 28, 2017
So I am new to the forum although I have created several databases and SharePoint list in my time. I am trying to create a training database. I know the tables/fields I want and need but have two questions/issues.

If I use access there is the issue of having managers that are employees as well. Create a lookup list column in the employee table that pulls from the employee table. Also how do I track each year?

My use of the database is to have managers go in twice a year and review the employees listed for each training and make updates. Add employees now required to take trainings, mark inactive those who have left, update requirements due to changes in role/title, change manager, and change titles (SP would auto do this but most people here not SP competent and my leaders are against given those outside our dept access to our SP even with tight permissions, its a battle for another day),

I am thinking I will pull reports from the database by:
Employee Status
Employee ID

This report isn't to track who has taken the training but is to be used by managers to identify who needs to take the trainings identified. I still think SP is a better option and I am working on convincing folks but in the mean time I don't want to update a spreadsheet with 25 tabs for each dept (cant have them filter themselves)

The fields listed below are what I decided on.


What table for these fields if using Access? Connect to each employee but also employees themselves

Tbl_TrainingTopic. If using SP is it better to just do a list for each year where they can select multiple courses. If Access do I create a course table with a connecting table for year to employee?


Mar 8, 2005
Welcome to the Forum.
I have been working with Access for many years and as you appear to be stuck with using it I can assist you with your design.
In 2009 I worked with another poster and produced the attached database you might like to look at for design details.
I no longer use a Main Menu, I use All tabbed Forms on a tabbed Mainform.


Jun 8, 2001
Just a quick look over. No Dept listed in employee table? perhaps Manager controls this?
Consider a manager table with a managerID (for employee table link). then when manager changes your not editing each employee.

Also consider including Managers userid. Then when manager opens a form his login id could be use to filter the employees he sees.

I don't fully understand the criteria but wanted to add that I have several hybrid Access databases that pull\edit SharePoint list. This could work in your scenario.

OBP is great to work with, has helped many get Access working . I haven't looked at his example yet.
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