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Could you recommend me a good certificate of financial analysis program?

Hello, I'm looking to increase my skills in financial analysis and a good certification program would work great, in my opinion. Does anyone want to recommend a good one, or give opinion on a specific one? Please note that I can only attend a program in person if it was in MA, NH, or RI. I'm thinking of online program as well.

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Anonymous
(Independent Consultant) |

A CFA license is the gold standard. Will take a few years to get. Not sure if this answers your question.

Randall Bolten
Title: CEO
Company: Lucidity
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(CEO, Lucidity) |

It depends on what you mean by “financial analysis” – if you mean “financial analysis” in the context of investment management and financial planning, the previous commenter is correct that the CFA license is the gold standard, and it’s pretty much worldwide.

But you may mean “financial analysis” in the more generic sense of doing financial planning & analysis (commonly “FP&A”) for a business or other enterprise, which is the fastest-growing segment within the finance profession. If that’s your interest, you might want to look at the FP&A Certification administered by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP).

Anonymous
(Financial Reporting Analyst ) |

Randall,

Thank you for your response. Financial planning & analysis is indeed what I'm looking to do. I didn't know of the FP&A Certification, and was thinking of CMA which has more components than what I look for. Thanks for telling me about it in your response!

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