Free Excel Crash Course - Spreadsheet Formulas for Finance

Free Excel course on shortcuts, functions, and formulas for financial modeling
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Course description

Course Description

Learn all the tips, tricks, shortcuts, functions and formulas you need to be an Excel power user. This free course is designed specifically for Excel spreadsheet users who are already performing professional financial analysis and financial modeling, or are looking to prep for a wall street career.

Build a strong foundation in Excel for careers in:

  • Investment banking
  • Private equity
  • Corporate development
  • Equity research
  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Learn industry leading best practices.  This free Excel course is based on first-hand investment banking training programs at global banks. The quality of instruction you receive in this course will have you just as sharp as if you took an expensive, live Wall Street course.

Content and Overview  This free spreadsheet training course starts with the Excel basics and quickly progresses to a more advanced level where even experts will learn something new. We think it's important to start at the bottom and build a solid base, which is why we review all the foundational skills you need before building more advanced spreadsheets. You'll learn to ditch the mouse and use only keyboard shortcuts to dramatically improve your spreadsheet building skills.

In the second half of the course you'll notice the functions and formulas getting more sophisticated and the quality of financial analysis and financial modeling becoming much higher. This half of the class focuses on finance-specific formulas that you'd use an an analyst performing financial analysis on the job.

What am I going to get from this free Excel course?

  • Learn everything you need to know about Excel spreadsheets for a career in corporate finance
  • Master keyboard shortcuts, functions, and formulas to save time speed up your modeling skills
  • Follow industry leading best practices; simulates on-the-job analyst training
  • Stand out in an interview or move up the ladder at work by dramatically boosting your MS Excel skills and confidence

Reviews (156)

Thank you

by denis ndonga
I appreciate the availability of this course I improved on what I already know. Thank you Regards Denis

Excel Crash Course

by Danna Hunter
CFI i must tell you many thanks for this course. Things that i never knew in EXCEL i have learnt in this course. BIG BIG THANKS!!!! This is a must take people......

Excel Crash Course - Spreadsheet Formulas for Corporate Finance: A Review

by Rangga Kresna
In my opinion, the course was great for people who never deal with Excel because the materials are very basic. Yet the explanation is clear and easy to follow.

Excel Crash Course

by roxanne singh
amazingly simple and easy to understand . love the flow of learning modules .

It was very helpful for me, i tried to update my knowledge around excel techniques. For sure i am going to follow another excel course.

Great refresher

by Christian Murphy
I had learned a lot of this in school but hadn't used it in a long time, get way to get reacquainted with some advanced Excel features.
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Thank you

by denis ndonga
I appreciate the availability of this course I improved on what I already know. Thank you Regards Denis

Excel Crash Course

by Danna Hunter
CFI i must tell you many thanks for this course. Things that i never knew in EXCEL i have learnt in this course. BIG BIG THANKS!!!! This is a must take people......

Excel Crash Course - Spreadsheet Formulas for Corporate Finance: A Review

by Rangga Kresna
In my opinion, the course was great for people who never deal with Excel because the materials are very basic. Yet the explanation is clear and easy to follow.

by Guy Robbe

Excel Crash Course

by roxanne singh
amazingly simple and easy to understand . love the flow of learning modules .

It was very helpful for me, i tried to update my knowledge around excel techniques. For sure i am going to follow another excel course.

Great refresher

by Christian Murphy
I had learned a lot of this in school but hadn't used it in a long time, get way to get reacquainted with some advanced Excel features.

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by Sophia Haoses
Excellent course, I will recommend it to anyone. Clear step by step instructions and the good thing is you can redo session until you are confident.

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by ashutosh singh
Very well designed and a very good course.

Very Useful

by Emmanuel Umoru
I wish I had taken this course earlier before I went for an interview. The excel review skills were very useful and truly refreshing. I have learned a lot from this course, more than I have in a lifetime working with Excel. thanks

Great Course Materials and Structure

by Izabela Velkova
The Excel crash course is very helpful to brush up on different techniques for modelling. I highly recommend to professionals working in financial analysis or data analysis.

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by Camille Adams
This course was great! Of course I would think so since I am not a Excel super user. The best part was learning the short cuts. Some are a bit cumbersome but well worth learning. During the course many light bulbs turned on for me and will make spreadsheets very workable for me in the future. One down side for me with the course is that I would have liked to see how Tim would teach v lookup and pivot tables. Tim has the ability to not stumble over his words, is a clear speaker and never tires no matter how many times I hit the rewind button. :) Great job! When I can afford it I would like to take more classes.

Very good

by khadir Mohammed

Very well put together course.

by Lavender Fettes
Hope to use this again as a reference to touch basics! Thank you!

Perfect course to learn and remember

by Francis Valdez
I liked the course a lot, it was exactly what i needed to improve my skills and to remember what i learn in collage.

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Excel Crash Course - Spreadsheet Formulas for Corporate Finance

by geoffrey collyer
Overall outstanding. Only marginal criticisms were that I didn't know you would get the spreadsheet with the full answers at the end sop had to keep going back to check formula. Also the tutor was very clear, but a little fast at times over the detail. Working on an Apple Mac makes the use of Microsoft short cuts difficult but I got over it.

great one!!

by salwa bamakhrama
great info's and tips

Brilliant Course

by simon senu
This course has established a strong foundation for me looking to enter into career as a financial analyst.

by devyani talekar

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Excel Crash Course _ Five ******

by Saroj Kumar
What a explanation from scratch .

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by Notago Narib
Super! Good for refreshing and polishing your skills.

by Notago Narib

Excellent Course

by P K
I found this crash course to be extremely helpful. I haven't used Excel that often, but I'm familiar with the basics and some formulas. The course found a good balance of simple, step-by-step instruction that is interesting for users of different skills. In some instances, I find using keyboard shortcuts a lot more cumbersome than a simple click, but I get what the instructor was trying to do... Thanks a lot!

Well explained

by judy onyango
Simple and easy to understand.

by Shubham Parsoya

Direct, to the point and useful

by Fernando Marquez
I liked this excel supporting course. It has many interesting tips and ideas to master the excel skills even if you have previous knowledge. Very didactic and practical.

Good. Informative.

by mithun hegde
Very nice Presentation and Script. Easy to understand and a simple way of explanation.

by Vaishali Verma

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Awesome Teaching

by Janani K.P
The teaching of the basics lesson is very nice and this will help us to understand each and every concept in detail. One suggestion from my side is to give the shortcut keys separately after the lessons so that it helps the basic learners to understand still more precisely.

by deeksha nigam
This was an awesome course. Crisp and precise. The trainer showed the techniques hands-on rather than just focusing on the theory part.

by Su Ann Tan


by Mamta Sahu
I like this course at the time of learning. I had also joined some other online courses but were not too effective. Their material and teaching was confusing. Your way of explaining each and every thing was great.


by Stanley Saldanha
The course is excellent and well designed. Although I am well versed with Excel functions, appropriate use of these functions in designing financial models was something new. Thanks.

Thoughts about the course

by Jacob Nyarwati
Very helpful and has given me a chance to interact with Excel; I will use it more and more to be an expert


It was very well directed and excellent session.

Organized and Informative

by Dan-Jethro Cordero
In this course, you will learn the excel skills that are fundamental to pursuing a career in Corporate Finance. Use of excel functions and settings are demonstrated clearly and systematically.

Excel Crash Course

by Dr Keyurkumar Nayak

Excellent intro

by Feras Khan
Simplified and relevant to basic financial analysis through excel. Highly recommended

by Heinrich Zimmermann

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Wrap up

by Ziad Qasqas
Wrap up your scattered knowledge in Excel with easy and structured way.

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Developer Feature

by Kelvin Ambunya
The course was very informative and I look forward to doing others too. However in the introduction part, the tutor was to talk about the developer feature found in the excel ribbon. Kindly look into it and keep up the good spirit.


by Loreine Ngolobe

Great Course

by Hayat Aladwan
Thank you for providing this training for free . It is valuable

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by Saroj Kumar
Great learning .keep the good work up.

Excel Crash Course - Spreadsheet Formulas for Corporate Finance

by Janice Saeger
This was easy to follow, and I learned some new tricks! Thanks for a great on-line program.

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by Abdukadir Mohamed
this course is great for beginners as it carry all the necessary technique and skills of excel with amazing explanation of CFI team, you can pursue any data analysis courses if you acquire this course.

by Rakan Alsharif

Informative Course

by Paritosh Singh
This course provided me with certain knowledge related to MS excel .

Excellent Course in every step

by Zuly Martinez
It was very easy to follow every step of the course, good content, tips and formulas. It is presented in a simple but interesting way. I didn't feel bored or tired during any of the sections. Teaches key advance Excel techniques that are very useful, for those who are developing a Corporate Finance career. I worked performing due diligence in the past 3 years and I wish I had done this course earlier. Highly recommended!

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Best 1

by Ezekiel Robert
Best! awesome crash course. I have learned so much in less time. thanks


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by Lorenzo Velez

Excellent Course

by Mohamed Bakri
Extremely helpful & structured course for improving modeling courses!

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by Tyler Rodewald, CPA

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Spreadsheet Formulas for Corporate Finance

by Patrick Irurhe
The course is very good but I will suggest you allow easy review of work already done. I have benefited immensely

by Matthew Alsberg

by Yamin Thu

This is simply the best excel course

by Deolindo Matumba
Honestly, this is simply the best and most straightforward Excel course ever seen! Thanks a lot.

Business Excel

by Teka Derick Tikum
Worth more value than a normal training in Excel. It links Excel concepts to not only Finance but entire Business Fields. Good for beginners to make your financial modeling and valuation techniques superior. Greatly helped me out

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by Terra DuPree
The CFI Excel Crash Course enhanced my skill set giving me the confidence level I needed to pursue a position as a Financial Analyst.

Excellent course

by muhammad salman
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to complete this course

by Camelia Cagnoli

Great Refresher

by Dakia Dillworth
This was a great refresher course that is explained very clearly and in detail!!

Excel Crash Course

by butler conduah
What a great teacher ! Excellent class !

by Md Mehedi Monwar Jim

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by Shivanagaraju bavisetti

Excellent for Finance analysis

by Rajesh Kumar
This course is very helpful for those working in Finance and reducing their work a lot…!

by Kishore Adharsh


by Zakir Adam
Helped me a lot

Nothing can be better than this course for beginners for Financial Modeling

by Nisarg Suthar

Crash Course for Financial Modelling for Corporate Finance

by Njabulo Vincent Hadebe
A great course, very simple and well taught. All free, I really enjoyed this. More interested to learn more just not fortunate enough to be able to afford it. I am a junior analyst and learning on the job and do not have access to funds in order to develop myself. The search for another video which is free to teach continues. Well done on the layout as well its really easy to follow and hard to forget. The lesson planner in this regard is very good.

by Anu S

Very clear explaination

by Maria adi susanti
this course has very clear explanation

by Kaiyan Chen

by morlan reddock
Tim does an excellent job explaining the various concepts. I'm actually interested in taking the advanced course!

Predominant course to enhance excel skill

by chandra prakash
This course is amazing i would highly recommend it for those who want to start a career in finance. This course is excellent for the working professionals to enhance excel skill. Thanks a lot Corporate finance institute Team.

by Nas Alejeyan

Really nice

by Rama Krishna
It's an awesome website​

Excel Crash Course - Spreadsheet Formulas for Corporate Finance

by Valentin Faye
A great presentation - Easy to follow - Very useful

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by Elena Mirchevska
The Course was really good and helpful! Good to follow every step and easy to understand! I really recommend this course to everyone who wants to get more familiar with the basic functions in Excel for Corporate Finance and Business Modeling! Thank you Corporate Finance Institute!

Must watch

by Kajal Poddar
Worth the time! Very helpful :)

by Karthik Kunapareddy

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by moshood aliyu
I thought a lot in this course, and am very happy participating in it. May almighty God enrich you. And more strength to your elbow .

Excel Crash Course

by Todd Lincoln
Excellent resource for learning keyboard shortcuts vs using the mouse, as well as some modeling tricks.

The title speaks for itself. The course is exactly what the title describes for the student.

by David Anthony
This is a great course! It's a very technical course, but, if one really wants to get started learning the latest in Excel financial modeling, this is the course to take. And, it's Free! I especially enjoyed the way Mr. Vipond presented the material. He is a first-class instructor who knows how to explain and simplify the technical matters of Excel and the complex matters of finance. I only wish CFI offered more Free courses! Thanks, Dave


by efsi hayati

Very straightforward - KISS

by Robertson Abraham
The instructor kept it simple ;) and it was easy to follow. It was also useful to work out the examples along with the lessons. I'm very satisfied.

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by Bairapaga John
Awesome Experience in learning. I learned well by practicing. I also learned how to use the only keyboard for Excel functions. Thank you.

by Alexandra Elena

Great Excel overview

by Robert Harriman
I had a pretty good functional knowledge of Excel already, but the review was certainly worth my time and with Excel it seems there are always new shortcuts and tips to learn. Great course!

by Mohamed Kanneh
Challenging and interesting and what really makes it meaningful is the fact that you can also use the course to give a full lesson in Excel.

Excellent course!

by Joanne Wang
This course is for Excel professionals who are familiar with Excel and shortcuts. The most impressive points are the professional format of the financial report and the shortcuts. You can get rid of the mouse after you can memorize and use the keyboard shortcuts you have learned from this course. Thank you CFI!

by Olga Filatova
It is very useful for daily work as it takes a wide range of Excel functions. Never thought before that Macro is so simple.

by mwitelela ilishebo
Very helpful and informative

Great Course

by martin bissette
This course was very educational and although it is entitled "Excel Crash Course" it provided a wealth of information and practical examples. Excellent free course!

Excellent primer

by John Lau
Learned a lot in a short time.

Excel Crash Course

by Claudio Sevilla Medina
This is an awesome course. I learned very important tools, tricks and Formulas to have a better use of Excel. Great for financial modelling!!!

by Olumuyiwa Fabunmi
very interactive

Very practical course i learned so much in just a few minutes.

Extremely helpful

by Norah Nyange
An excellent course by far

by Julia Xiao

Excellent Course

by David Sams
A complete introduction to Excel 2016. I liked the focus on using keyboard shortcuts as an alternative to the mouse

by Alexander Matyushkin

The best one!

by Santiago Lanza
I've gone through many other websites, trying to find the easiest one. Then I found this one, it's perfect because the explanation is easy and you can clearly hear the voice of the man talking on the video in high resolution.

Best course ever

by Saqib Sohail
I am in the accounting sector for 15 years, but this is the best financial and Excel course ever i've seen on any online site

by Chada Tania Molosiwa
It was refreshing and very good to study. I would recommend my family as well. Amazing course indeed ...

Very comprehensive yet easy to follow

by Abdulbariy Karimov
I found this the most useful and productive course I have ever taken. The course made me feel more confident about my knowledge of financial modelling and learnt a lot of new things which I could not have by myself or with any other method! Thanks CFI!

by S. M. Abdul Awal Pavel
This was an excellent learning session for me. The mentor was so good. That's why I have learnt so quickly and in a easy manner. Thank you so much!

by Marko Grudic


by Yves Seybel
Guys, I believed I was pretty good at Excel, and I still do (I actually teach it - lol). However, your work with keyboard shortcuts only and introducing a bunch of data analysis very early in the game was awesome! I'm very impressed so far and look forward to the rest of your tutorials

by Humera Mhyn


by Bimbashree K.G
I Think this the best free Excel course I have ever attended and I am enjoying learning from it, Thanks

Simple and thorough

by Ajay Mangal
This is the best and most concise course on Excel I have come across. For people in a finance profession, it is necessary to understand and learn excel spreadsheets thoroughly, which is an indispensable tool. I thank the team at CFI for having created this course. Thank you.

Review of Excel Crash Course

by Przemyslaw Janus
This course clearly and perfectly presents approach to financial model setup and analysis. During the course, a participant is led through best practices in model building and often hints how to do things easier in Excel. In my view, models built with these guidelines in mind will not only look more professional but also will be easier for others to follow and manage onwards. I will definitely take the opportunity to participate in other CFI courses as the material is presented in such an easy and digestive way that even those with very basic skills will immensely benefit from the training. I highly recommend Excel Crash Course - and I am sure that others will share my experience and take other courses as well.

by CA Ami Dhabalia


by Dimitar Drumev
Amazing Job Tim Vipond! Keep up the good work!

by Marina Miroshnychenko

Great Job

by Nilesh shingote
Best course ever seen

Great course!

by Kardo Anwar
Excellent course to learn/sharpen the basics of Excel. Even with a masters degree in Finance I still learned a lot

by Diogo Marques - Procuramos CFO


by Abdul-Raheem Alli-Oluwafuyi
It is a very nice and worthwhile course, I recommend for anyone and everybody.....

by Tyler Hummel

Title is good

by Daleen Spangenberg
Thank you, everything was excellent


by Aarav Singh
Very helpful guide for financial analysts this course delivers a lot of good tips