Prepare for your FP&A certification exam with Rice’s online course. FP&A professionals are well equipped to transform data into actionable knowledge – a skill that is in demand. The FP&A position is typically the hardest to fill. Separate yourself from the rest by adding this certification to your résumé.
Rice University’s two-part live, instructor-led online FP&A program helps you prepare for the FP&A certification exam developed by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) to test the mastery of core functions in the FP&A role. The FP&A designation defines universal principles and standards of practice. By sitting for the exam and earning the FP&A certification, you demonstrate your understanding of those complex processes, tools and best practices and are well-positioned to drive strategic business decisions at your organization.
Financial Acumen: Understanding and Managing Financial Information and Business Relationships
- 180 minutes
- 125 questions of which 110 questions are multiple choice and 15 are task-based simulations
Financial Analysis and Business Support: Building, Interpreting, and Communicating Financial Projections
- 270 minutes
- 125 questions of which 90 questions are multiple choice and 35 are task-based simulations
FP&A Exam window and Application Dates
Exam Window Dates: February 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020
Early Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Final Application Deadline: December 13, 2019
For more information, visit the FP&A Certification Website.
- FP&A managers and directors
- Accounting, treasury and financial analysts
- Finance and treasury directors
- Chief financial officers
- Vice presidents of finance and treasury
Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.
The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) for the Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional™ (FP&A™) Program is $2,400. This includes the tuition ($1,800) and the cost of books ($600).
Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 working days before class starts. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline are subject to a 10% processing fee and must be made in writing to email@example.com. If books have been issued, the cost of the books and any shipping fees will be deducted. Refunds for credit card payments will be processed as credits to the accounts from which they were paid and may not appear as a credit until the following statement. Refunds for enrollments paid by check take up to four weeks to be processed and mailed by the Rice University accounting office. There is a $30 charge for any check returned for insufficient funds.
"Certification shows you have all of the basic skills and abilities to perform in the FP&A role and a level of commitment to your profession—that you've taken the time and made an investment to prove yourself as a financial professional."- Kelly Myrick, Director of FP&A, AT&T
"The FP&A professional is required to play many dynamics within an organization, which requires a breadth of knowledge and a depth of expertise. That transformation from solely reporting numbers to driving improvement and enhancing enterprise value is at the heart of FP&A. It is this essence that is captured in the exam and through earning this credential."- Toby Jercovich, Senior Business Analyst, North Star Bluescope Steel LLC
Online Course Requirements
Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework required to earn the Certificate of Achievement.
Minimum System Requirements for Online Access
The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and click on “How do I get started”.
Connecting to Blackboard Ultra
Students in online format courses must have the following:
- Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
- High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
- Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*
Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.
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