Financial Modeling Certification

The Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification Program


CFI’s Financial Modeling Certification Gives You the Skills and Confidence You Need to Take Your Career to the Next Level


Benefits of the FMVA® Financial Modeling Certificate


The financial modeling certification from the Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI) will set you apart in a competitive job market and help you stand out among employers!

CFI is a global education provider that offers in-demand financial modeling and valuation training and certification. The Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) certification program is suitable for professionals of all industries and levels of experience is designed to teach you in-demand industry skills from the bottom up!

A professional certification on your resume gives you recognition for your academic achievements and demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development!

How Do I Earn the Financial Modeling Certification?

To earn the financial modeling certification from the FMVA Program, students must successfully complete the following requirements:

  1. Enroll in the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® program
  2. Successfully complete 9 required and 3 elective courses
  3. Complete all the video-based chapters
  4. Complete all the course exercises and quizzes
  5. Earn a minimum passing grade of 80% on each course assessment

Your digital copy of the financial modeling certificate will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours. You can use the verified link to share the certificate on your LinkedIn profile and your employers.



Body of Knowledge

The CFI Body of Knowledge represents the main topics, skills, and abilities required to successfully complete the program. The CFI Program is designed to instill the practical skills required to perform world-class financial analysis.

I. Accounting
  • Constructing a balance sheet and income statement
  • Constructing a cash flow statement
  • Understanding the balance sheet
  • Understanding the income statement and cash flow
II. Budgeting, Forecasting, FP&A
  • Budgeting Within a Strategic Framework
  • Building a Robust Budgeting Process
  • A Practical Guide to Developing Budgets
  • Forecasting Techniques
  • Tracking Budget Performance with Variance Analysis
  • Applied Budgeting Tools and Techniques in Excel
  • Financial Modeling Best Practices
  • Modeling Cash Flows
  • Building Your Financial Model in Excel
  • Enhancing Your Model
III. Excel
  • Excel layout
  • Excel settings
  • Basic financial analysis setup
  • Advanced financial analysis setup
  • Functions and formulas
  • Excel tips and tricks
  • Better formulas
  • Catering for uncertainty
  • Auditing a model
  • Excel template setup
  • Financial statements
  • Financial analysis
  • Macros
  • Introduction to VBA for financial modeling in Excel
  • Design, build and run VBA sub procedures
  • Create customized Excel functions
  • Branching, looping and procedure code
IV. Finance
  • Fixed income products and markets
  • Pricing fixed income securities and duration
  • Overview of Corporate Finance
  • Business valuation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Debt financing
  • Equity financing
  • Corporate finance careers
  • Decision making biases and errors
  • Information processing errors
  • How decisions are impacted by others
V. Financial Analysis
  • Vertical and horizontal income statement analysis
  • Balance sheet and leverage ratios
  • Cash flow statements and ratios
  • Rates of return and profitability analysis
VI. Financial Modeling
  • Financial Modeling
  • A structured approach to financial modeling
  • Forecasting income statement and balance sheet items
  • Debt and financing schedules
  • Building a free cash flow forecast
  • Scenario analysis
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Cap Rates and Net Operating Income (NOI)
  • Land Loans and Construction Loans
  • Real Estate Development Financial Model
  • Joint Ventures & Cash Flow Waterfalls
  • eCommerce Financial Model
  • Customer Metrics
  • DCF Valuation Modeling
  • Introduction to the Mining Industry
  • Valuation Metrics
  • Mining Financial Model
  • M&A Model Structure
  • Acquirer & Target Models
  • Transaction Assumptions
  • Closing Balance Sheet
  • Pro Forma Financial Model
  • Accretion & Dilution
VII. Math
  • Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)
  • Bond pricing and yields
  • Key statistical skills
  • Covariance, correlation and regression
VIII. Presentation
  • Data Visualization Overview
  • Visuals
  • Focus attention
  • Storytelling
  • Dashboards
  • Charts, Tables and Graphs
IX. Valuation
  • Introduction
  • Equity Value vs. Enterprise Value
  • Valuation Multiples
  • Comparable Company Analysis (Comps)
  • Precedent M&A Transactions (Precedents)
  • Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) Analysis
  • Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)
  • Presentation of Results

Practical Training to Close the Skill Gap

The Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) program is designed to provide you with the most practical skills, tools, and training to master financial modeling, company valuation, discounted cash flow analysis, merger models, sensitivity analysis, accounting fundamentals, financial statement analysis, and much more.

Upon completion of the training, you will earn your financial modeling certification and gain job-based skills required for a successful career in corporate finance, investment banking, corporate development, treasury, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), or accounting.


Are FMVA Certificates Verified?

We can verify certificates upon your request. Examples of verification requirement include confirming your certification or CPE credits (see CFI’s NASBA profile) for a reference check for a new job. Simply contact us to let us know who you would like your certificate verified with. Our mission is to help you advance your career, and proving your skill level to an employer is an essential part of being hired or moving up the ladder.

CFI - company seal on financial modeling certificate

CFI is an approved provider of continuing education with the CPA Institutes and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Click here for more information about CPE credits.

Why Hire Someone with the FMVA Financial Modeling Certification?

There are many reasons that employers hire professionals with CFI Certifications.

Financial Modeling Certification for Anlaysts

CFI has a unique focus on practical learning. We bridge the gap between academic theories and professional careers with practical, in-demand industry training.

The CFI is one of only a few financial modeling focused online certifications taught by industry leading training professionals, which ensures best-practices. Our program was designed by professional Wall Street training firms and modeled after bank training programs.

A financial modeling certification from CFI makes you stand out from the competition and proves that your expertise and skills are current and up to date!

Have more questions?

Explore the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification page to learn about the program curriculum, learning objectives, tuition, and method of training.

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