Building a Financial Model - Financial Modeling Course
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Recommended Prerequisites

You are expected to have either completed the stated prerequisite course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Accounting Fundamentals
  2. Financial Analysis Fundamentals
  3. Excel Crash Course

Financial modeling course description

This step-by-step financial modeling course has been taught to thousands of finance professionals at top financial institutions around the world by Scott Powell. In this course, you will learn to build a financial model from scratch by working in Excel and following along with the video. Upon successfully completing the course and all quizzes, you will obtain your Financial Modeling Certificate from the Corporate Finance Institute and be on your way to breaking into wall street.

Financial modeling course introduction

A structured approach to financial modeling

In this section of the course, we cover the importance of designing a well-structured model and incorporating financial modeling best practices.  Specifically, you will learn to:
  • Apply a structured approach to financial modeling in Excel
  • Outline the hallmarks of good financial models
  • Explain the importance of planning as well as prep your model structure
  • Build from operating revenues down to operating profit

Step 1 in financial modeling course

Forecasting the income statement and balance sheet

In this section of the financial modeling course, you will learn to start building the model in Excel by completing the following steps:

  • Forecast property, plant and equipment and other operating assets
  • Forecast the various components of working capital:
    • Accounts receivable
    • Inventories
    • Accounts payable

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Debt and financing schedules

In this section, the tutorials focus on how to build the debt and financing sections including interest calculations and the capital structure of the business. Specific learning objectives include:
  • Forecast debt financing and related interest costs
  • Forecast equity financing and dividends
  • Use an iterative analytical approach to managing circular references

tutorial how to build a financial model in excel

Building a free cash flow statement

Once all of the above steps are complete we can move to link the cash flow statement and complete the three statement model.  This section of the course will teach you to:
  • Understand the importance of error checking
  • Derive a forecast cash flow statement based on a forecast income statement and balance sheet
  • Derive a free cash flow statement that can be used for equity valuation

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DCF Modeling

This course includes a pre-populated DCF model, as the focus of the course is on linking a three statement model.  CFI's Business Valuation Course focuses on DCF Modeling in Excel in detail. 

Who should take this financial modeling course?

The course provides essential prep for wall street careers in investment banking, FP&A, corporate development, and other areas of corporate finance. Earn our certification and set yourself apart.

For further CPE information, please read before purchasing:

Financial modeling & financial analyst training

From beginner to advanced, this Excel modeling course is designed to teach you how to be a complete financial analyst. 

This class is one of the 9 required "Core" courses for CFI's financial analyst training program, which grants the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA) accreditation.

What You'll Learn


Building a 3 Statement Financial Model

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Approx 5.5 hrs to complete


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Path to Certification

Prerequisite Courses

6 courses from beginning to intermediate level.


Core Courses

9 courses from beginning to intermediate level.


Elective Courses

Take 3 out of 8 courses at an advanced level.


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How the Certification Works

FMVA® Financial Analyst Certification courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the financial analyst program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.
Students must complete all core and elective courses (12 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 FMVA Certification will be emailed to you.

What Our Students Say

Maggie Srirangam
Good segue into the financial modelling from ratio analysis and the link between these two aspects of FP&A
Good reading and follows narration - captures salient points for review
Siddhartha Sen
Mid-way review
This course is excellent. Well paced and gives a clear understanding of what is being done and why. Wish this was available before. A great starting point for anyone interested in finance and modeling.
Zahid Sameer
Gave me the ability to effectively build a financial model!
With the easy step-by-step instructions and learning exercises, the course has taught me how to effectively build a financial model by myself and even taught us how to look at financial modelling from different perspectives and adapt to different scenarios.
Xiao Hua (Viviane) MA
The content is great
The content and the notes are great! The video when showing moving up and down an excel sheet was intermittent and hard to follow.
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Salil Hillary
All things you can do with Excel, it is better than any ERP solutions like SAP FICO.
Kaushik Agarwal
The course content was impeccable in design, and obviously did satisfy the claims made before the onset of the course. The material could be judged with no less than certain high standards, though in the last module, the instructor did seem to rush things a bit, but again that's an opinionated version. Overall, it's flawless !
Deolindo Matumba
I usually do not leave comments. But I must say honestly that this course is the best ever seen online. It is very practical. I whish I knew it a few years ago!
Constantine Burrell
This is a great course that I would highly recommend to any Manager
Ziad Qasqas
This is the way to easily demonstrate building a financial model. Thank you
Rakan Alsharif
couldve had more examples on excel
Laura Piccinato
Step-by-step guided course on how to build a balance sheet and cash flow statement forecast model using Excel. Would have appreciated a final exercise to recap all the concepts. All the rest was simply perfect.
Yves Seybel
Again, great presentation and pace. Downloads easy to follow. I love the segmentation between the short videos; the examples are well done and relevant. The quizzes really help. The math takes a little to get used to (that's the learning!)
Abdulbariy Karimov
So far I found it quite easy to follow, I want to try all courses as soon as possible
Richard Hastings
logical, concise, and interesting
Rustom Rupand
I like how this course goes step-by-step through how to build a financial model from the bottom up. Really helpful
Sophie Ngo
James Valentine mentioned in his book "Best practices for Equity Research Analysts" that simplicity trumps complexity in the investment process. The more complicated the model, the greater the likelihood that something will go wrong. This course provides a powerful tool to build a simplified and robust model. It is well-structured with step-by-step and high-quality video instructions that are easy to follow. What I like the most are the downloadable files accompanied with the video instruction. The files are organized based on each exercise and allow me to practice the concept immediately. The quiz at the end is a perfect recap for the concept learned throughout in the course.
Rajat Kumar
The topics of financial modelling are well explained and easy to follow. Alternation between video lectures and step-by-step instructions is really helpful to complete the model on your own.
Sarah Lawson
I've taken several finance courses in undergrad but never one that gave such a complete picture of how to build a financial model. This course really helped me connect the dots from many of my B-Comm courses. It's great to go at your own pace, pause, and re-watch chapters.

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FMVA® Financial Analyst Certification

Become a Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® by completing all required courses in accounting, finance, modeling, Excel, presentations, and strategy. From beginner to advanced courses you will have the complete training you need to become a world-class financial analyst.


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