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Self-Paced Course

Intro to Financial Modeling

Learn the basics and best practices of financial modeling, including forecasting, flows & balances, three statement models and more.

Course Hours6.5 hours
Skills Learned
Data Analysis
Course Level

Course Description

This is a beginner-friendly, project-based course designed to help you build financial modeling literacy.

We'll start with an introduction to the financial modeling landscape, including common definitions, key players, types of models, and general standards and best practices.

From there we'll introduce the concept of flows and balances, and discuss how these elements form the basis for all types of financial models.

Last but not least we’ll dive into three statement modeling, which forms the foundation for more advanced financial modeling techniques. We’ll introduce key accounting principles, review common examples of balance sheets, income statements and cash flow models, and discuss how retained earnings and net cash tie these statements together.

Throughout the course you'll play the role of a Financial Modeling Consultant for Sarah’s Bakery, a small bakery operating in London. Your role is to help Sarah build some basic models to assess the financial health and profitability of her business, using the tools and techniques you learn throughout the course.

If you're a data analyst or aspiring finance professional looking for an introduction to the world of financial modeling, this is the course for you.



  • 4 hours on-demand video (6.5 CPE credits)

  • 4 quizzes

  • 3 course projects

  • 2 skills assessments (1 benchmark, 1 final)



  • Data Analysts or aspiring finance professionals who want to develop basic financial modeling literacy
  • Anyone interested looking for a hands-on, beginner-friendly introduction to the world of financial modeling


  • Microsoft Excel (we'll be using Excel for Office 365 on a PC)
  • Familiarity with Excel formulas & functions is strongly encouraged, but not required


  • Identify who builds financial models, why they are built, what types of models exist, and how they are typically developed

  • Identify the most prominent financial modeling industry standards, best practices and principles

  • Identify common techniques for modeling flows, balances, and periodicity

  • Identify the components of three statement models, including balance sheets, income statements, cash flows and retained earnings


  • CPE Credits: 6.5

  • Field of Study: Information Technology

  • Delivery Method: QAS Self Study

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*Last Updated: April 12, 2023

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