Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification (CFI™)

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CFI’s Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification Program will teach you the essential skills required to perform practical financial analysis.


Financial models are a critical part of the decision-making process in the finance industry today. By following our recommended financial modeling courses, students learn the best way to structure their models to instill confidence in the stakeholders involved in the decision-making process.


The Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst FMVA® certification can help you learn financial modeling skills, streamline a budgeting and forecasting process, or improve competency levels across the entire accounting and finance spectrum. The FMVA® certification provides all the skills, tools, and techniques required to become a world-class financial professional.


CFI’s Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA)® Certification Program covers the most important skills required to become a world-class financial analyst including finance, accounting, Excel, financial modeling, valuation, budgeting, forecasting, presentations, dashboards, and strategy.


This program is designed to equip anyone who desires to begin a career or advance their financial modeling and valuation knowledge. Our courses cover Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels so students can choose their own learning path based on their skill level and interest.


The FMVA® final exam is a requirement in earning the FMVA® certification and designation. It aims to increase the integrity of the certification and make the certification more valuable to potential employers.


In addition to completing the 14 required courses (11 core and 3 elective courses), students need to complete the final exam to earn their FMVA® certificate.

Exam Details

  • Exam structure: 50 multiple-choice questions including Excel modeling case studies, drawn from a randomized question bank.
  • Exam location: The exam is online and does not need to be scheduled.
  • Exam length: 3 hours
  • Exam content: The exam covers the content from the core and prep courses. Content from elective courses will not be covered.
  • Exam results availability: Students will receive their results immediately after completing the exam.
  • Passing score: 70%
  • Eligibility: The exam can be accessed upon completion of 11 core courses and 3 or more electives.
  • Number of attempts: One attempt
  • Retaking the exam: Students who do not pass the exam will have to wait for one month until they can attempt the final exam again. Each additional exam attempt follows the same process. Students who have already passed the exam are not allowed to retake the exam again. 
  • How to prepare: Review the course videos, materials, exercises, and case studies. Take the FMVA® practice exam.
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What Will You Learn?

  • Identify key items on the financial statements and describe the interrelationship between all the components
  • Explain the fundamental accounting principles that underly detailed accounting standards
  • Identify the key accounting standards commonly encountered by financial analysts and explain the impact on financial statements and financial models
  • Utilize the keyboard shortcuts to save time and be more efficient in Excel
  • Conduct data analysis using data tables, pivot tables, and other common functions
  • Use advanced formulas and functions to enhance the functionality of financial models
  • Explain key concepts around capital investments, the capital-raising process, different forms of financing, and the optimal capital structure
  • Assess the profitability, efficiency, returns, and value of a business using common financial ratios and analytical tools
  • Use key statistical measures to assess trends and relationships within sets of data
  • Build a dynamic, logically designed, well structured 3-statement financial model
  • Create multi-year forecasts for the income statement, cash flow, and balance sheet
  • Perform scenario and sensitivity analyses to enhance the robustness of the financial model
  • Identify the different valuation methodologies and discuss the pros and cons of each
  • Perform a valuation analysis using comparable company and precedent transactions analysis
  • Calculate the weighted-average cost of capital and construct a DCF model in Excel
  • Apply various forecasting techniques to develop a robust financial forecast
  • Track actual performance against budgeted amounts using variance analysis and other techniques
  • Analyze the impact of a variance analysis on the financial statements and use the results to improve the budgeting process
  • Create insightful dashboards and advance data visualization techniques to communicate the results of financial analysis
  • Create aesthetically pleasing and insightful charts, graphs, and tables in Excel
  • Design impactful presentations to communicate key messages to a wide variety of audiences
  • Differentiate between the different levels of a company’s strategy
  • Perform an analysis of external forces and internal competencies and assess the impact on a company’s competitive advantage
  • Generate, evaluate and select optimal strategic alternatives and tie these to a company’s mission, vision, and goals

Course Content

01. Accounting Fundamentals

  • 01:53
  • 02. Constructing a Balance Sheet
  • 03. Constructing an Income Statement
  • 04. Constructing a Cash Flow Statement
  • Downloadable Files

02. Reading Financial Statements

03. Excel Fundamentals – Formulas for Finance

04. Corporate Finance Fundamentals

05. Math for Corporate Finance

06. Financial Analysis Fundamentals

07. Accounting Principles and Standards

08. Three Statement Financial Modelling

09. Business Valuation Modeling Part I

10. Business Valuation Modeling Part II

11. Budgeting and Forecasting

12. FP&A Monthly Cash Flow Forecast Model

13. Scenario & Sensitivity Analysis in Excel

14. Dashboards & Data Visualization

15. Operational Modeling

16. Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Modeling

17. Startup e-Commerce Financial Model & Valuation

18. Mining Financial Model & Valuation

19. Real Estate Financial Modeling

20. The Amazon Case Study (New Edition)

21. Leveraged Buyout LBO Modeling

22. Renewable Energy – Solar Financial Modeling

23. Corporate & Business Strategy

24. Presentation of Financial Information

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