Blaise Training Courses

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) provides training for customers in Europa, Africa, Asia and Australia. If you are located in North or South America, check with Westat for course information. This page lists the courses that are currently available. They are offered on a regular basis. Check below or in the calender to the right for the schedule of upcoming courses. 
For a description of each course, click on the course in the side-bar on the right-hand side.

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE 

All classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. with a mid-day break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch is included. Enrollment is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes may be cancelled or re-scheduled based upon the number of students enrolled.

If you want to sign up for a course, or you are interested in a training that is not currently on the schedule, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


Blaise 5 basic Training

The Blaise 5 Basic training is currently not on the schedule.

Blaise 5 Basic Training is a 3-day course for Blaise programmers, but questionnaire designers will certainly benefit from doing this course as well, as layout sometimes refers to the language.
With a lecture, samples and hands-on exercises, that students can work through at their own pace, this course has something for everyone.

BB01 – Blaise 5 Basic Course (3 day) - € 975

This course teaches the basics of Blaise 5. It contains an overview of the Control Centre and an explanation of the Blaise language. It is mostly recommended for Questionnaire programmers, but Questionnaire designers may find it useful to learn the language as well, as layout sometimes refers to the language.

This course covers the following topics:
      - Control Centre Overview
      - Fields
      - Types
      - Rules
      - Edit Checks
      - Blocks
      - Tables
      - Parallel Blocks
      - Keys
      - Externals
      - Include files
      - Lookups
      - Classification
      - Procedures
      - Arrays
      - Enhancing Text
      - Data interface

Prerequisites for this module are:
      - Some basic working knowledge with Windows computers
      - No prior Blaise experience required

 


Blaise 5 Layout Training

The next Blaise 5 Layout training will be held from 4 through 7 november, 2019 in Heerlen.

4-Day training course that combines modules BB02, LD01 and RE01 - 1300 euro per student. The three modules will be given as one course, but you can opt to follow only 1 or 2 modules if you prefer.

Blaise 5 Layout Training is a 4-day training course for Blaise developers, specifically how to use the new tools in Blaise 5 to specify and apply layout.

The course combines lecture and demonstration with practical, hands-on exercises that students work through at their own pace. The course exists of 3 modules: BB02, LD01 and RE01. It is possible to follow just 1 or 2 of the modules.

BB02 – New in Blaise 5 for Blaise 4 Programmers (0.75 day) - € 250

The first module describes what is new in Blaise 5 for Blaise 4 programmers. This is useful for anyone who has worked with Blaise 4, but hasn’t really seen Blaise 5 yet. It is mostly recommended for Questionnaire designers.

This module covers the following topics:

      - Control Centre Overview
      - Project vs. Solution
      - Converting Blaise 4 to Blaise 5
      - Source View Features
      - Groupable Items
      - Text Roles
      - Naming Conventions
      - Modes
      - Special Answers
      - Special Answer Sets

Prerequisites for this module are:

      - Blaise 4 programming experience, and knowledge about the basics of the Blaise 4 Mode Library and the Blaise 4 Layout-section

 

LD01 - Blaise 5 Layout Basic: Layout Designer (1.5 day) - € 475

The second module describes the Layout Designer and how to create a layout using the defaults that are shipped with the system. It is highly recommended for Layout Designers.

This module covers the following topics:

      - Layout Designer Overview
      - Layout Instructions
      - Layout Sets
      - Promoting
      - Mapping
      - Modes and Layout
      - Parameters (LD)
      - Critical Questions

Prerequisites for this module are:

      - Blaise 4 programming experience, and knowledge about the basics of the Blaise 4 Mode Library and the Blaise 4 Layout-section
      - Knowledge of the topics described in module BB02

 

RE01 - Blaise 5 Layout Advanced: Resource Editor (1.75 day) - € 575

The third module describes the more advanced layout options. How to change default templates and how to create your own templates. It is mostly useful for specialised Layout Designers.

This module covers the following topics:

      - Resource Editor Overview
      - Templates
      - Areas
      - Template Design
      - Templates Overview
      - Creating your own templates
      - Resource Sets
      - Controls
      - Expressions
      - When to use a template
      - Parameters (RE)
      - Styles
      - Mappable Elements
      - Runtime Shortcuts

Prerequisites for this module are:

      - Blaise 4 programming experience, and knowledge about the basics of the Blaise 4 Mode Library and the Blaise 4 Layout-section
      - Knowledge of the topics described in module BB02
      - Knowledge of the topics described in module LD01

 


Blaise 5 Manipula Training

At the moment there is no Blaise 5 Manipula training planned.

Blaise 5 Manipula Training is a 1.5-day training course for Blaise programmers who have to handle data.

MAN01 – Blaise 5 Manipula (1.5 day) - € 475

This model covers the following topics:

      - Convert data (between Blaise, Text, XML, SQL Server, Oracle, ...)
      - Create subsets of data and split up data in multiple output files
      - Create a data set with a subset of fields
      - Extend data sets with new fields
      - Merge input files together to one big data set
      - Create static and dynamic links
      - Learn about common functions in the Manipulate-section
      - Learn about how to optimise performance when handling large data sets

Prerequisites for this module are:

      - Blaise 4 or 5 programming experience

 


Registration and Payment

To register for training, please send a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Blaise Support will confirm class registration with an email.
After finishing the course, an invoice will be sent to your organisation. 

 

Training Cancellation

You can cancel at any time, but we would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon as you know that you will not be joining us for a course you have signed up for. Registrants may transfer their registration to a colleague in their organization at any time. Please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of any such substitutions as soon as possible. 

 

Training Location

Training sessions are held at Statistics Netherlands in Heerlen:
CBS-weg 11
6412EX Heerlen
The Netherlands

Attendees must make their own hotel and travel arrangements. Statistics Netherlands will provide a document with information at sign-up. 

 

Client Site Training

Blaise training or consultancy at the client’s location is available. For per-student fees and estimates of trainer travel and expenses, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

F.A.Q.

F.A.Q.

Online documentation 4.x

The online assistant includes a full technical reference and a developers guide. New Blaise users may find useful information in the sections How to use... and Quick Guides. The help pages are available online:

You can download the complete Help system to your local disk in a zip file. The help files can be extracted from this zip file and saved to a local folder. After saving the files you can explore this folder. Activate the file "blaise.chm" to start the help system.

If you have a Blaise version installed, you can optionally update your online help files. Doing this has pros and cons. The main advantage is that newer help files include more or better information about existing features. The main drawback is that the help files may describe features of new versions, not yet available in the Blaise version you have installed. You can replace the online help files by extracting the files of the proper Blaise version to the bin folder of the corresponding Blaise installation, e.g. 'C:\Program Files\StatNeth\Blaise 4.8 Enterprise\Bin', replacing the original CHM files.

More Documentation

More Blaise documentation for downloading in a printable format (PDF). If you do not already have it, download PDF-viewer or Acrobat Reader to view PDF files from within your web browser. The documentation available on this page includes:

Blaise 4.5 Developer's Guide

This is an electronic version of the Blaise 4.5 Developer's Guide. This guide describes how to use all the features of Blaise 4.5, and is the latest documentation of the Blaise system that as been released in printed form. In Blaise 4.6 and newer versions, all information of the Developer's Guide has been made available electronically via the Help menu on the Blaise desktop.

Click here to download the guide.

Blaise Maniplus Guide

This is an electronic version of the Blaise Maniplus Guide. This guide describes how to use Maniplus, a component of the Blaise program that is used to program survey management systems. This guide, though written for Blaise III, can be used for Blaise 4.

Click here to download this guide.

Blaise CATI Guide

This is an electronic version of the Blaise Guide for Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). This guide provides an in-depth description with appropriate examples of all the major features of Blaise CATI--data model design and development, sample management, call scheduling, interviewing, project management, and reporting. Click here to download.

The Commute Survey provides an in-depth example of Blaise CATI and is used extensively in the CATI Guide.

Online documentation 5.x

The online assistant includes a full technical reference and a developers guide. New Blaise users may find useful information in the Introduction, Basic Working Procedures and Quick Start Tutorials sections. Blaise 4 users who are just starting in Blaise 5 may want to check out the Upgrade FAQ section for an overview of major changes between Blaise 4 and 5. The help pages are available online:

You can download the complete Help system to your local disk in a zip file. The help files can be extracted from this zip file and saved to a local folder. After saving the files you can explore this folder. Activate the file "blaise.chm" to start the help system.

If you have a Blaise version installed, you can optionally update your online help files. Doing this has pros and cons. The main advantage is that newer help files include more or better information about existing features. The main drawback is that the help files may describe features of new versions, not yet available in the Blaise version you have installed. You can replace the online help files by extracting the files of the proper Blaise version to the bin folder of the corresponding Blaise installation, e.g. 'C:\Program Files\StatNeth\Blaise5\Bin', replacing the original CHM files.

Support

Like any software package, we offer support to help with questions relating to Blaise in any stage of the production process. This includes questions about installation, licencing, development of the questionnaire, server-issues, bugs, data-collection, data-storage and data-processing.

Support for earlier versions of Blaise will continue as described below. Statistics Netherlands will make every effort to continue to support client needs during the transition from Blaise 4 to Blaise 5 to the extent feasible given changes in operating systems and available resources.

Blaise Support Policy

Support for Blaise is classified into three levels:
Level I. This is the highest level of support and is provided for Blaise 5. Under Level I support, new builds are frequently released to repair reported problems or to add new functionality or improvements. Hot fixes can be provided for selected critical problems.
Level II. Level II support applies to Blaise 4.8 versions. Under Level II support, new builds are released to repair reported problems. Hot fixes might be provided for selected critical problems. Basic maintenance is performed for continued operational support. No new development is planned. Level II support for Blaise 4.8 will likely be discontinued in 2020.
Level III. Under Level III, no new builds are released. Only under rare circumstances and only when this is technically feasible would hot fixes be provided for selected critical problems.

Resolving Problems

Due to the complex nature of software development and operating environments, the time that it will take to resolve a problem cannot be guaranteed. Any problems will be resolved as expeditiously as possible. When needed, additional information will be requested, such as application source code and data sets. All data provided will be handled in a secure environment and will only be used for analyzing and debugging a reported problem.
While every attempt will be made to provide fixes for serious problems, there may be cases where it is impractical or impossible to generate a fix due to compatibility issues or the potential for introducing unwanted side effects.

Where to get Support

The first point of support is the FAQ on this site.
If you can’t find the answer to your question there, try the Online Help and guides (for Blaise 4.8 or Blaise 5).
You can, of course, also send an email to our support team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They’ll help where they can and if bugs are reported, they’ll try to fix them as soon as possible.

If you are located in North or South America, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need support.

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