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Certified Financial Analyst

Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ Program

What is a certified financial analyst?

CFI’s Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)™ program is your path to becoming a certified financial analyst.  With 12 required courses on topics ranging from accounting and finance fundamentals to financial modeling, valuation and advanced Excel skills, the CFI financial analyst certification will help you stand out in a crowded job market.  

 

Certified Financial Analyst - CFI Program Certificate

 

Why become a certified financial analyst?

There are more reasons than ever to become a certified financial analyst.  Not only is the job market becoming more competitive, but the skills required, methods of learning and access to information are all evolving rapidly.

Top reasons why you may want to become certified include:

  • Gain the SKILLS required to get hired and move up the ladder
  • Develop the CONFIDENCE to deliver high-quality work in a financial analyst career
  • Demonstrate the COMMITMENT to becoming a leader in the industry
  • Gain practical EXPERIENCE performing advanced financial analysis
  • Supplement an undergraduate degree that wasn’t in business
  • Supplement an accounting background
  • Make a mid-career transition from one industry or function to another

These are just a few of the most common reasons why someone would enroll in CFI’s Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst certification program.  Everyone has their own reasons, but the most common theme is a desire to stand out with employers in a competitive job market.  

 

Requirements to become a certified financial analyst

If you’ve already decided you want to become a certified financial analyst in CFI’s program the first step is to enroll online.  Once registered, it’s recommended to develop a study plan or calendar to organize your time and make sure you meet all the requirements.

The requirements to complete the CFI program are:

  • 7 optional prerequisite courses (accounting, finance, and Excel skills)
  • 9 required core courses (financial modeling, business valuation, intermediate finance and financial analysis topics)
  • 3 required elective courses from a choice of 6 in total (industry specific financial models, special topics)
  • Complete each of the above required 12 courses with a grade of 80% or higher on the final assessment

Each course will automatically issue you a certificate of completion upon passing the final assessment. Once completion certificates are issued for all required courses, the official accreditation of Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst will be issued.

 

The skillset of a certified financial analyst

The focus on CFI’s program is on practical applications of finance and accounting.  This mostly involves using Excel to organize, analyze and interpret financial data using case studies of both real and fictitious companies.

The main skills of a CFI certified financial analyst are:

 

skills of a certified financial analyst

 

Alternatives to analyst certifications

While we’ve made the case above for all the reasons you may wish to become a certified financial analyst, there are many reasons why an alternative option might be better for you.  

CFI’s mission is to help anyone advance their career, and depending on the situation, these alternatives may be more suitable.

MBA – A Master of Business Administration (MBA) can be a great alternative (or supplement) to an analyst certification.  The reasons to do an MBA are that it has a broad curriculum, includes lots of networking, and is suitable for major career changes, people who aren’t sure what they want to do, and those who prefer to be generalists. Check out global MBA rankings to learn more.

Work Experience – An alternative to an analyst certification and an MBA is to keep on working in a position where you are experiencing lots of growth and development.  If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in this situation, it may make sense to focus 100% of your effort on performance at work.

Everyone’s situation is unique, and you’ll have to decide if an analyst certification is right for you.

 

Additional analyst resources

If you’d like more information about earning your financial analyst certification from CFI, these additional resources will be helpful for you to advance your career:

FMVA certification program

Advance your career in investment banking, private equity, FP&A, treasury, corporate development and other areas of corporate finance.

Get certified as a financial analyst with CFI’s FMVA Program.