Become an Environmental Social, and Governance (ESG) Specialist

Set yourself apart with in-demand ESG skills covering everything from ESG fundamentals to financial analysis to human capital management, and earn an ESG Certificate upon completion.
  • Learn from anywhere, at your own pace
  • Get the skills global institutions such as Blackrock, Credit Suisse, McKinsey & Company, and more are looking for
  • Earn your ESG specialization in 30-35 hours

ESG at a Glance

Specialization Overview



Online learning

Video Online

Learn at Your Own Pace

With videos, exercises and quizzes



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Total courses

30–35 Hours

Average completion time

Receive a Certificate

To verify your financial skills

Your Road to an Environmental, Social, and Governance Specialization

This comprehensive specialization consists of 10 courses to deliver practical, real-world skills for ESG.

10 Required Courses

Introduction to ESG
Level 1
1.5 hours
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ESG Fundamentals
Level 2
2.5 hours
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ESG Disclosure
Level 2
2 hours
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ESG Integration & Financial Analysis
Level 3
6.5 hours
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Greenhouse Gas Accounting
Level 3
2 hours
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Human Capital Management
Level 1
2 hours
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Professional Ethics
Level 1
3 hours
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Corporate Governance
Level 2
2.5 hours
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Carbon Market Fundamentals
Level 3
1.5 hours
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Introduction to Climate Risk Management
Level 1
2 hours
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Get Specialized

Specializations allow narrow and deep focus on a targeted subject area, with particular attention to specific analysis techniques and actionable skills.

They are designed to deepen your industry acumen and to prepare you for faster professional growth within your sector.

Environmental, Social, and Governance Specialization Learning Objectives

ESG - The Big Picture

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    • Describe key ESG concepts like materiality, physical climate risks, human capital management, and governance issues
    • Analyze ESG risks and opportunities for an organization or an industry
    • Differentiate between good ESG disclosure and Greenwashing, and connect ESG efforts to competitive advantages

ESG Analysis

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    • Build an ESG scorecard to measure company performance over time and to benchmark against peers
    • Calculate a company’s scope 1 & 2 emissions in order to understand and implement greenhouse gas accounting best practices
    • Explain carbon taxation and calculate the weighted average carbon intensity of an investment portfolio 

ESG Integration

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    • Explain the differences between ESG integration and ESG investing
    • Incorporate ESG factors into a financial model
    • Calculate an adjusted enterprise value based on ESG integration techniques

ESG Investing

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  • Define different types of ESG investing

  • Identify and act upon ESG trends in the capital markets

ESG & Business Intelligence

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    • Identify key data sources for ESG information
    • Translate ESG information into business intelligence
    • Create dashboards and present ESG metrics for multiple stakeholders

Taught by Industry Experts

Lisa Dorian
Lisa Dorian is Co-Founder, Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director of CFI. As a finance executive, she gained extensive experience in governance, risk and compliance, as well as business process and strategy. She took that knowledge and experience and moved into education, where she has designed, developed and delivered related training programs for some of the largest global financial services firms, multinational corporations and professional associations.
Kyle Peterdy
Kyle is VP Commercial Banking & Credit with CFI. Kyle’s background is in commercial lending, including real estate transactions and construction project financing, where he spent significant time assessing physical environmental risks. Kyle is a passionate and vocal advocate of moving ESG issues from being a footnote in C-level discussions to the forefront of business strategy and risk management planning.
Derek Young
Derek is a Managing Director and leads the ESG Consulting Services Practice for Summit Strategy Group. Derek has over 20 years of consulting experience in ESG, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility across both the for-profit and nonprofit sector, as well as multiple public policy roles. Derek has considerable experience in developing and implementing carbon management strategies, responsible sourcing programs, and community and stakeholder engagement initiatives.
Noah Miller
Noah is Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Rho Impact, and the Founder and CEO of Calibrate Partners. He provides organizations around the world with advisory services to address key barriers to ESG performance and brings a wealth of knowledge to its strategic planning, implementation, and reporting. Prior to this, he held multiple influential senior leadership roles in the ESG space and is a former social entrepreneur and non-profit advisor.

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Conduct more comprehensive, ESG-integrated analysis to inform buy, hold, or sell recommendations

Asset Management

Be better equipped to navigate the ESG landscape in a professional investment or portfolio management role on behalf of institutional clients like pension funds and life insurance companies

Management Consulting

Support clients, including private companies, public issuers, and the investment community, in implementing effective, comprehensive ESG strategies

Senior Leadership

Make more informed strategic decisions by understanding how ESG issues create material risks and opportunities for your business

Business Analyst

Distill complicated concepts and data to help management teams drive better performance and manage risk more effectively

Corporate Development

Make more informed and nuanced decisions around organic and inorganic growth opportunities

Credit Analyst

Incorporate ESG considerations and analysis techniques into your assessment of a borrower’s creditworthiness

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Environmental, Social & Governance Analysis

Five courses currently available, with two more coming soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will these courses help me advance my career?
Reviews from learners who have taken CFI courses include numerous stories about how people have been able to advance their careers. There is a proven track record of CFI graduates marking successful transitions into the careers of their dreams and this is based largely on the resources that we make available to our learners upon enrolment. Our training is designed to be fully practical and simulates the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst. Additionally, we offer a wealth of information through our free career resources. The unique blend of all these elements is what sets us apart from other e-learning platforms when it comes to giving you all the tools you need to create a successful career in finance.
Admission Requirements
This specialization bundle is recommended for learners and professionals with knowledge or experience in environmental, social and governance analysis. To take the courses and complete the exercises, learners will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection.
What is the duration of the program?
It takes an average of 4-6 months to complete the entire program. However, you are given the freedom to complete all of the training at your own pace! Please see the "What You'll Learn" section for recommended study hours for each course to give you a better idea for your time management.
How much time do I have to complete the courses?
Take as much time as you need. You will have access to all courses and all future upgrades in your subscription. You can review the video lessons as many times as you like and complete the courses at a pace that is most convenient for you. All of the required courses, resources, and assessments to obtain the certifications will be provided, for as long as your subscription is active.
How are the exams conducted?
Learners are required to complete an online assessment (MCQ's, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams at your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need.
Can I download and edit the course material and templates?
Yes! You can download the resources included in your courses. All of the files needed in a course are available for download. Please note that while our study materials can be downloaded, the lecture videos are only available online due to copyright infringement issues.
How do I earn my certificates?
You need to complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course to earn your course certificates. The certificate will then be available on your learner dashboard and also emailed to you as soon as you have completed all of the requirements.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All of our online courses and programs are priced in USD.
What payment methods do you accept?
As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
None! The program tuition includes everything and there are no additional fees required to earn your digital certification.
More Questions?
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