Business and Financial Modeling Specialization Certificate

Business and Financial Modeling Specialization Certificate

Online Learning | Offered by Coursera

Financial modeling is the process of creating a summary of a company's expenses and earnings in the form of a spreadsheet that can be used to calculate a future event or decision.

This online certificate course is designed to help you make informed business and financial decisions, will introduce you to spreadsheet models, modeling techniques, and common applications for investment analysis, company valuation, forecasting, and more.

Certified Financial Modeler

At this stage there are two methods of obtaining a IFC professional designation

Method 1

Highly qualified applicants can apply directly for the professional designations. There is no precise criteria for the examination waiver as the applicants are based worldwide. To apply for the exemption waiver program a completed application form, CV, and a copy of highest educational attainment should be sent for evaluation by the Certification Board Certification.

Method 2

The candidate should have 3 years experience and have successfully completed the educational program to apply for professional designations.  The Certified Financial Modeler program is offered by Coursera and is 100% online.  If you are interested in this program click on the link to be taken to the Coursera course page and enrol in the course.

After the successful completion of educational program from Coursera contact IFC at for a certification package. 

Applicants who have completed the educational program but lack experience component can apply for Associate certification and can upgrade to full professional designation professional designation certificate on completion of experience requirements.

The Course Syllabus

Skills You’ll Gain from this certificate course:
Finance & Quantitative Analysis, Modeling, Business Analytics, Risk Management, Excel, and more.

  • Business and Financial Modelling
    • Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling
    • Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models
    • Modeling Risk and Realities
    • Decision-Making and Scenarios
    • Wharton Business and Financial Modeling Capstone

  • Finance & Quantitative Modeling for Analysts
    • Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling
    • Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models
    • Financial Acumen for Non-Financial Managers
    • Introduction to Corporate Finance

  • Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling
    • Module 1: Introduction to Models
    • Module 2: Linear Models and Optimization
    • Module 3: Probabilistic Models
    • Module 4: Regressions Models

  • Business Analytics with Excel: Elementary to Advance
    • Module 1: Introduction to Excel: Basics and Best Practices
    • Module 2: What-if Analysis in Excel
    • Module 3: Decisions Analysis through Regression and NPV
    • Module 4: Linear Programming
    • Module 5: Transportation and Assignment Problems
    • Module 6: Integer Programming and Non-Linear Programming

  • Financial Engineering and Risk Management
    • Introduction to Financial Engineering and Risk Management
    • Term Structure and Credit Derivatives
    • Optimization Methods in Asset Management
    • Advanced Topics in Derivative Pricing
    • Computational Methods in Pricing and Model Calibration

  • Advanced Valuation and Strategy - M&A, Private Equity, and venture Capital
    • Executive Summary
    • Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
    • Corporate Strategy
    • Corporate Real Options
    • Option Games

  • Stock Valuation with Dividend Discount Model
    • In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:
    • Pulling dividend data
    • Calculating yearly dividends
    • Calculating dividend growth rate
    • Calculating cost of equity
    • Calculating fair share price