Financial Analysis for Credit


Level 5

Approx 7.50h to complete

100% online and self-paced

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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.

What You'll Learn


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

Financial Analysis for Credit is part of the Commercial Banking & Credit Analyst (CBCA)™ certification, which includes 36 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.


Core Courses

16 courses from beginner to intermediate level.


Elective Courses

11 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.


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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

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

fotaw chambeng vivian

Financial Analysis for Credit
I passed the test but I am stuck at 97% completion. Thought I would fill this out in an attempt to get to 100% and officially complete this course. You make this harder than it needs to be,

Bill Rice

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