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Recommended Prep Courses

These preparatory courses are optional, but we recommend you to complete the stated prep course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Accounting Fundamentals
  2. Excel Crash Course


Financial budgeting course description

This financial budgeting course will teach you about the entire budgeting process from start to finish, including how to create a disciplined culture of budgeting in your organization, the various methods for building budgets, techniques to analyze results, and how to increase the chances of organizational performance improvements.

This interactive and applied budgeting course enables participants to:

  1. Adopt a disciplined approach to developing budgets
  2. Forecast results with quantitative and qualitative methods
  3. Effectively use variance analysis to track performance
  4. Present results with charts and graphs


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Who should take this budgeting class?

This online budgeting class is designed for those who are responsible for financial management, budgeting, and forecasting within their organizations.  This may include professionals working in financial planning and analysis (FP&A), accounting, treasury, financial reporting, corporate development, etc.


What you will learn in this budgeting 101 course

By the end of this budgeting 101 class, participants are able to:

  • Understand the principles behind best practice financial management
  • Explain the importance of budgeting within a strategic framework
  • Build a robust budgeting process within their organization
  • Know when and where to use various budgeting approaches such as zero-based budgeting
  • Forecast future performance by better analyzing revenue and cost drivers
  • Use effective variance reporting to track organizational performance
  • Make use of Excel functions and tools that are particularly suited to the budgeting process.


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Financial budgeting class content

Topics covered will include:

  • Budgeting within a strategic framework
  • Building a robust budgeting process
  • Managing budget psychology
  • A practical guide to developing budgets
  • Common budgeting approaches (e.g. Incremental, value-based, zero-based, etc.)
  • Forecasting techniques (moving average, regression analysis, etc.)
  • Tracking budget performance with variance analysis (waterfall charts, etc.)
  • Applied budgeting tools and techniques (Excel, solver, pivot tables, etc.)


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CPE Information

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Publish Date: Sep 06, 2017

Last Revision: Jan 18, 2018


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Budgeting and Forecasting

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This Course is Part of the Following Programs

Why stop here? Expand your skills and show your expertise with the professional certifications, specializations, and CPE credits you’re already on your way to earning.

Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification
Budgeting & Forecasting is part of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® certification, which includes 41 courses.
  • Skills Learned Financial modeling and valuation, sensitivity analysis, strategy
  • Career Prep Investment banking and equity research, FP&A, corporate development

What our students say

calculation and analysis tools from the space era really
a showcase of some super powerful tools in excel, however, i think it takes some homework to learn how/ where they can be used. also probably will be used in further courses, which is good.

Gábor Tóth

Budgeting
I have gained skills in budgeting

Lydia Endjala

It's great journey
The course is very well explained

Manar Lanani

Good for newcomers in forecast and budgeting
This course is suitable for those who already have some experiences in accounting/finance and want to expand their knowledge or in transition to the roles in budgeting/forecasting. While I think more exercises are needed in this course, the materials are enough in giving practical insights about how budgeting/forecasting supports a business in a competitive environment.

Made Ruth Taridayana

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