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ONLINE: Certificate in Finance Essentials

  • Instructor: Online Learning
    Online Learning
    Phone: 800-367-6447Fax: 703-736-9644
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  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: On Demand
  • Contact Hours: 19
  • CEUs: 1.9
  • Recertification: Accredited

This online certificate program introduces non-financial managers to the essentials of finance. The course will help you become conversant in critical financial terminology, and you'll learn how to calculate key financial management indicators.

You will learn how to assess your organization's financial health by reviewing balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flow, and you will discover how finance and accounting tools can be used to support informed decision making within organizations.

Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that engage you and structure your learning about organizational finance.

Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
ONLINE: Certificate in Finance Essentials: Member Rate$359.00  
ONLINE: Certificate in Finance Essentials: Non-Member$409.00  
ONLINE: Certificate in Finance Essentials: Member Rate $359.00
ONLINE: Certificate in Finance Essentials: Non-Member $409.00

Objectives

  • See objectives for each individual course below.
  • Download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


Completion Requirements

  • Students must complete the course within 120 days
  • Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement
  • Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.
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Miscellaneous

Courses included in this Suite

Financial Planning and Control

This course considers practical finance and accounting tools for decision-making within organizations. You will learn about cost benefit analysis, return on investment (ROI), fixed and variable costs, break even and CVP (cost-volume-profit) analysis, tracking and performance measures, and the Balanced Scorecard and its varied uses.

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain cost benefit analysis
  • Calculate return on investment and the payback period
  • Explain fixed and variable costs
  • Calculate break even and understand CVP (cost-volume-profit) analysis
  • Explain tracking and performance measures
  • Explain and calculate Balanced Scorecard measures

How to Read a Financial Statement

This course covers financial reports and their meaning. You will learn the fundamentals and importance of the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows, and how they can be used to manage a business. You will also be exposed to financial (ratio) analysis.

After completingthis course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the documents and financial statements included in an organization's financial report
  • Itemize and interpret the information in the income statement, balance sheet, statement of changes in shareholders' equity, and statement of cash flows
  • Correctly state the impact of specific business activities on cash flow
  • Define financial (ratio) analysis and explain its objectives and limitations
  • Identify the various types and categories of financial ratios
  • Perform calculations using financial ratios

Introduction to Business Statistics

This course will introduce you to the importance of statistics in the business world. Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data in order to make more effective decisions. Understanding statistical techniques can help any manager responsible for marketing, management, accounting, sales, or other business functions.

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Distinguish between the 4 different scales of measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio
  • Identify the appropriate graphical or tabular method for presenting your data
  • Create frequency distributions
  • Create meaningful presentations and graphs including:
    • frequency polygons
    • bar graphs
    • pie charts
    • line graphs
    • histograms
  • Calculate probability and explain its practical application
  • Compute the mode, median, and mean of a dataset
  • Calculate the variance and standard deviation of a dataset
  • Interpret sampling with and without replacement
  • Explain the significance of the area under a curve

Introduction to Finance

This course introduces the discipline of finance in an organizational setting. Among the basics covered: responsibilities of financial managers; roles of finance in a typical business organization; legal forms of businesses; agency relationships; and relevant financial markets of interest to financial managers. Further, you will explore the five principles that form the foundation of financial management and you will understand the non-financial manager's impact on, and role in, the finance function.

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and differentiate the three most common types of business organizations and the structure of each
  • >State the fundamental objectives of a corporation and the differences between wealth and profit maximization
  • Recognize the impact of social and ethical responsibility on business
  • Identify and describe the structure and functions of the finance department within an organization
  • Define the principal-agent relationship and strategies for overcoming conflicts of interest and motivating managers
  • List and define the five key principles that form the foundation of financial management
  • Recognize and define the five key financial markets
  • Identify the sources, rules, and life-cycle stages of corporate financing
  • Describe the function of the stock market and the three trading venues it utilizes
  • Recognize the factors related to interest rate determination and the impact of interest on an organization

Time Value of Money and Risk

This course covers time value of money (TVM) principles and risk and return. You will review the basic TVM techniques used in evaluating all financial decisions and their cash flow implications. For Risk and Return, you will learn how risk influences investment decisions, and how to calculate risk and rates of return. Further, you will explore the benefits of diversification and the use of the portfolio concept in investing.

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Distinguish between points in time and periods of time as shown by a time line
  • Define compounding and discounting
  • Compute future value or present value for single payment amounts
  • Distinguish between single payments and streams of payments and between uneven streams and annuities
  • Solve for the interest rate or time period for simple present value and future value problems
  • Define risk
  • Describe how risk influences investment decisions
  • Calculate risk and rates of return
  • Describe how diversification can limit risk
  • Explain how diversifiable risk can be lowered using a portfolio approach

Length

  • On-Demand. Learn on your schedule. On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at your convenience.

System Requirements

Operating System:

  • Windows Vista SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Hardware:

  • Video Card
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)

Software:

Web Browser:

  • The last three versions of the major browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer
  • Other web browsers may work, but may not render all features of the courses
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled

Internet:

  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband cable or highspeed DSL is recommended for optimal experience.
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the course system regarding registration, course status, etc.)
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form

*FORM OF PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY REGISTRATION FORM FOR ORDER TO BE PROCESSED

Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
2411 Dulles Corner Park, Suite 350
Herndon, VA 20171

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds, all sales are final.

Registration and payment must be received 24 hours prior to the course start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. No refunds are given for cancellations received within 24 hours of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.  

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer's name and contact information in lieu of payment information. 

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