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Financial Analysis for Credit course overview

This Financial Analysis for Credit course looks at the methods and techniques used by credit analysts and commercial bankers within the industry. This course will teach students how to conduct both horizontal and vertical analysis using ratio analysis to develop an understanding of a company’s financial standing. Additionally, students will learn how to perform industry benchmarking using information derived from the three financial statements to evaluate a company’s performance and what those numbers mean in the context of a lending scenario.

This course provides a real-world perspective and takes a hands-on approach in outlining how a credit analyst or commercial banker should evaluate the liquidity, leverage, and coverage of a company. The practical exercises and methods explored in this course will be useful for any credit professional or financial analyst that wishes to work in commercial banking, business banking, lending, risk management, or underwriting.



Financial Analysis for Credit course learning objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the components that go into financial analysis
  • Calculate the key performance ratios that credit professionals use to assess a company’s profitability and efficiency
  • Calculate the key financial ratios that credit professionals use to assess a company’s liquidity, leverage, and coverage
  • Undertake a vertical analysis to determine profitability from the income statement and proportionality from the balance sheet
  • Undertake horizontal analysis to spot trends and analyze their meaning
  • Perform industry benchmarking
  • Assess an organization, its competitive advantage, and its management team.



Financial Analysis for Credit is a core course of CFI’s CBCA® program

CFI’s Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Program offers skills including credit evaluation, documentation, and review procedures. From beginners to advanced users, the CBCA® program is designed to help you become a world-class credit analyst or commercial banker.



Who should take this CBCA® course?

This Financial Analysis for Credit course is designed for current and aspiring credit analysts, lending professionals, risk management professionals, and commercial bankers seeking a more comprehensive understanding of financial analysis and its applications in the credit industry.

This course provides an in-depth look at the different analysis techniques used by credit professionals within the industry. By providing students with the relevant methodologies used within the financial sector, this course aims to empower the skillsets of current and future banking professionals.


Financial Analysis for Credit

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Level 3

Approx 7.5h to complete

100% online and self-paced

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What you'll learn


Become a certified Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification

Financial Analysis for Credit is part of the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ certification, which includes 40 courses.

Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification
  • Skills Learned Financial Analysis, Credit Structuring, Risk Management
  • Career Prep Commercial Banking, Credit Analyst, Private Lending

Path to certification

Prep courses

7 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

01 Optional

Core courses

16 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

02 Required

Elective courses

17 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.

03 Required

Get certified

Submit your CBCA™ checklist and order your certificate.

04 Required

Join our community

Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.

05 Optional

How the certification works

Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and elective courses (18 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified (CBCA)™ Certification will be emailed to you.

What our students say

Financial Analysis for Credit
I think the information provided for the Financial Analysis for Credit course was very clear.

Paula Forrest

Great Course - lots of Practical Participation
The hardest part of the course yet - but a very good course - great to have real Excel examples to walk through and to build the ratios yourself

Davin Mac Ananey

Good Course
Good info

Robert Duncan

Financial analysis for credit
Key lending ratios followed by horizontal and vertical analysis using bench marking

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Frequently asked questions

Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
Depending on your enrollment type, you will either have two years, yearly, or monthly access to your courses. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
No! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification. You can see our enrollment fees listed here.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All our online courses are priced in USD. We accept debit/credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), PayPal, and wire transfers for one-time course payments. If you wish to proceed with a wire transfer from your bank, please see instructions here.
How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
What is the price of the subscription?
All Access Subscription is priced for $497 per year as Self-Study plan or $897 per year as Full Immersion plan.
What is included in the subscription?
All Access Subscription includes all courses from Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification, Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ Certification, Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)® Certification, Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification, Commercial Real Estate Finance Specialization and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Specialization.
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