FileMaker Inc. (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced the availability of the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker 11, a self-paced learning program to help intermediate to advanced database users and developers master the essentials of the software.

The FileMaker Training Series is a resource to help prepare for the FileMaker 11 Certification examination, also available today. The training is designed to benefit anyone from consultants and in-house corporate developers to independent developers and professionals running their own business.

Consisting of 12 modules, the FileMaker Training Series contains detailed, step-by-step instructions on key FileMaker development topics. The materials include a 700+ page manual and a DVD with demo files, exercises and videos to help guide users through the content. Modules in the series cover a range of information from introductory concepts such as working with fields and layouts to more advanced topics such as applying calculation functions and scripts and setting up and maintaining FileMaker Server 11. The training materials go in-depth into the new features in FileMaker Pro 11 including FileMaker Charts, Quick Find, Snapshot Link, portal filtering, and more.

For professional developers, the FileMaker Training Series provides self-paced training to prepare for the FileMaker Certification examination. Certification demonstrates that developers have the essential knowledge and expertise to build and deploy organizational solutions using the FileMaker 11 product line.

In addition to receiving a FileMaker 11 Certified Developer certificate, those who pass the test may use the FileMaker Certified Developer logo on business cards, web sites, and marketing collateral. Members of the FileMaker Business Alliance who receive certification are listed as certified developers on the FileMaker consultant-listing web pages.

The FileMaker Training Series is available for purchase now for US$99. Members of the FileMaker Technical Network and FileMaker Business Alliance can purchase the series at a 50% discount or $49.50. Leader-led training courses are listed at FileMaker Authorized Trainers (