CMS Lite Training Information

This page outlines the CMS Lite training courses available to government employees.

CMS Lite Basic Training


The objective of this course is to introduce content editors to the basic functionality of the CMS Lite application used to create webpages on  the B.C. government website.  Participants will also be introduced to plain language concepts, world-wide accessibility standards, web style guides and the appropriate use of graphics.


You must complete a survey prior to registering to help training staff understand your training needs.

To register:

  1. Take the pre-training survey
  2. When the current survey window closes (see below), the training team will review the results
  3. We will assign you to a training category based on your experience level and training needs
  4. Watch your email for a link to EventBrite, where you can sign up for an available training session in your category, or sign up for a wait list if no available session fits your schedule
  5. Note that you will be asked to provide the following billing information at the time of registration:
    • Ministry client number
    • Responsibility Centre
    • STOB
    • Project number
    • Expense authority name

Next survey close date: To Be Determined.

If there are no available sessions for the course you are interested in, you may contact the Training Coordinator for more information.


Classroom-based in downtown Victoria, B.C. or remotely via Skype for Business (Lync).

The majority of the course will be hands-on, instructor-led participation.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to self-guided exercises throughout the day.


This is a full-day course, typically run from 9am-4pm

Cost and Cancellations

The course costs $125. Billing will be submitted to your Expense Authority when your scheduled class completes.

Once you are registered, you must contact us at least one day before your scheduled course if you are unable to attend, otherwise you will be billed.

Space is extremely limited and there are wait lists for all of our training sessions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will have a solid understanding of the following:

  • Understanding the B.C. government website structure, and how to update content
  • Using the CMS Lite menus and Help functionality
  • Creating, cloning and editing pages
  • Formatting content to meet accessibility standards
  • Applying metadata to pages
  • Adding right-hand column boxes
  • Creating asset folders and uploading assets
  • Publishing content and assets

Rich Text Editor functionality will include:

  • Linking to pages, assets and external content
  • Formatting headings
  • Inserting an image
  • Bulleted lists
  • Table formatting
  • Find and replace

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions specific to CMS Lite Training. If you're looking for Frequently Asked Questions about using CMS Lite, please see CMS Lite Frequently Asked Questions.

Do I need a license before I can take a training class?

No. Training accounts are used so it is not necessary that your IDIR account or CMS Lite License is set up prior to the class. 

Are classroom training sessions offered outside of Victoria?

Not at this time. Training for employees located in other cities is offered remotely via Lync/Skype for Business.

How large are the classes?

Typically, classroom sessions have 4-8 seats to allow for individual attention as needed.

Remote training sessions are limited to 2 participants due to the extra logistics involved.

I am familiar with building webpages - do I need CMS Lite Basic training?

You are strongly encouraged to complete basic training if you will be building government websites because the course covers not only the technical aspects of CMS Lite functionality but also standards and style guidelines, accessibility, and plain language.

I do not have any experience building webpages - will I be able to use CMS Lite?

CMS Lite is a fairly intuitive system and most people who complete training will feel confident and competent in building and editing webpages.

Remote training requires proficiency in the following:

  • Working with multiple browser tabs
  • Connecting to a Lync online meeting
  • Copying and pasting content between documents

If you are likely to require extra assistance, we recommend that you complete the training in-person instead of remotely if you are able to.

What other training resources are available?

  • CMS Lite Manual - The CMS Lite online manual describes in depth how to use CMS Lite features
  • CMS Lite Videos - Videos provide an introduction to specific CMS Lite features
  • Plain Language Course - A self-paced online course to help you improve your writing
  • Writing for the Web - A collection of style guides and standards for creating online content

Are there special training classes offered for Intranet users?​

No. CMS Lite-based Intranet sites operate very similarly to the main government site so the standard training courses will suit Intranet and Internet users. Some ministries may provide their own Intranet training.