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Villanova, Rice Universities Offer FP&A Certification Prep Courses

  • By Staff Writers
  • Published: 3/11/2014

Villanova University and Rice University are partnering with AFP to offer FP&A professionals an opportunity to prepare for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional™ in a new, interactive facilitator-led courses. Villanova’s course begins this month, while Rice’s begins in May.

Villanova course

“AFP has long understood the value of certification, and the Financial Planning & Analysis certificate provides individuals with insight into the financial decision-making process in an organization, through analysis, financial projections (planning, budgeting and forecasting) and reporting,” said Jim Kane, Director of Continuing Studies at Villanova University. “Villanova University is very excited about this new certificate course, as these skills translate to any successful business or organization.”

This course combines the leadership of an experienced instructor with comprehensive reading materials and online study tools from the AFP FP&A Learning System™. The classroom environment allows for instructor and peer interaction while keeping FP&A candidates on track to meet their certification goals.

Villanova University is offering an exam preparation course in March to prepare candidates to sit during the August/September 2014 testing window. All Villanova University graduates and current students are eligible for a $200 discount when registering for this course.

For more information, click here.

Rice Course

The two-part Certified Corporate FP&A program at Rice is offered in an online format using live instruction via voice-over-IP technology, so students can attend class from the convenience of their computers. The course runs eight Tuesdays and seven Thursdays, May 6-July, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Center Time. The FP&A Exam window is August/September 2014.

According to APQC, FP&A is the area of finance that posts the biggest challenges when it comes to finding and securing qualified hires. Fully 64 percent of CFO and CEO respondents report that the FP&A position is the hardest position to fill.

Rice has prepared accounting and finance professionals for success on national certificate exams for many years. Students in Rice’s certification study programs generally achieve higher pass rates that exceed the national average. The instructors are senior-level practitioners with teaching experience who can bring the material to life and demonstrate how it applies to your career day-to-day. Rice has strong ties with AFP.

Earning the FP&A credential:

  • Makes you more marketable when you compete for FP&A positions
  • Shows mastery of core FP&A knowledge and principles
  • Increases your professional reputation among your staff and your peers
  • Expresses career long-term commitment through ongoing professional development
  • Demonstrates that you understand industry best practices
  • Opens the door to more opportunities for career advancement
  • Validates employer confidence in your skill set
  • Connects you with a network of FP&A-certified peers

For more information, click here. An online informational session is scheduled for March 11 at noon CT. RSVP online.

Receive more information on FP&A Certification deadlines and fees here.

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