Certificate in Financial Modeling (FM)


The Certificate in Financial Modeling (FM) certification is a comprehensive global certification exam designed to asses a candidate’s expert level understanding of Financial Modeling with Excel on investment management including equity, fixed income, alternative investments, investment banking, financial advisory, financial engineering and corporate finance decision making.  This program tests a candidate on his capability to develop a disciplined and systematic approach to take financial and investment decisions with the help of excel tools.


Who should do Financial Modeling?

This Financial Modeling Certification is suitable for people in Investment banking, Investment management, Corporate Finance, Equity research, Credit Research, Business planning & strategy, Private equity funds, Hedge Funds, Portfolio Management or commercial banking. It is also ideal for all finance specialist and generalists or graduates who want a career in any of the profiles related to:

  • Investment Banking Analyst
  • Equity Analyst
  • Fixed Income Analyst
  • Investment Advisor
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Corporate Strategy and Finance

The evolution of financial markets the world over along with other investment classes, have created a need for finance professionals with a new level of sophistication and a deep understanding of analysis using tools such as excel & technology. The FM certification is a credential designed specifically for financial professionals who want to attain an advanced level of competency in Financial Modeling

Careers after Certificate in Financial Modeling

After successful completion of the program one would be able to add desired value in a career in the following fields

  • Investment Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Hedge Funds
  • Equity Research (Buy-Side and Sell-Side)
  • Asset Management
  • Corporate Finance and Strategy
  • Private Wealth Management

In addition, the course will benefit Fresher’s, Entrepreneurs, Advisors, and Accountants who are involved with financial markets…

Reference Book – Certificate in Financial Modeling

The Suggested/Recommended reference books are available on leading bookstores and online portals. Students can buy the recommended reference book directly from the Market for the said course. The reference book fees are not included in your Exam Fees.

  • Financial Modeling (MIT Press) – by Simon Benninga
  • Financial Analysis and Modeling Using Excel and VBA by Chandan Sengupta
  • Financial Modeling in Practice:A Concise Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Level
    by Michael Rees
  • Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private
    Equity by Paul Pignataro
  • Financial Modeling for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs:Developing Excel Models
    to Raise Capital, Increase Cash Flow, Improve Operations, Plan Projects, and Make
    Decisions by Tom Y. Sawyer
  • Financial Modeling: A Backward Stochastic Differential Equations Perspective
    (Springer Finance) by Stephane Crepey
  • Building Financial Models (McGraw-Hill Finance & Investing) by John Tjia
  • The Oxford Guide to Financial Modeling: Applications for Capital Markets, Corporate
    Finance, Risk Management and Financial Institutions by Thomas S. Y. Ho & Sang Bin
  • The Mathematics of Financial Modeling and Investment Management by Sergio M.
    Focardi & Frank J. Fabozzi
  • The Handbook of Financial Modeling: A Practical Approach to Creating and
    Implementing Valuation Projection Models by Jack Avon

Course Outline

  • Finance skills required:
    • Basics of Time Value of Money
    • Preparing loan amortization schedule and related calculations
    • Capital budgeting and its techniques.(NPV, IRR, Payback Period)
    • Fundamental analysis of securities (DDM & FCF).
    • Mergers and Acquisitions, post-merger calculations.
    • Financial statement analysis using ratios(Profitability, Activity, Solvency,
    • Dividend and its payout policies (Constant Dividend, Constant Pay-out,
      Residual Approach, Share Repurchase).
    • Relative valuation (Justified and trailing ratios, EV/EBITDA approach).
    •  Risk and return calculations using standard deviation.
    •  Concept of capital structure and cost of capital.
  • Excel skills required:
    • Navigation, use of Spreadsheet, Basic mathematical Calculations
    • Basic excel functions: SUM, AVG, MAX, MIN, Count, etc.
    • Mathematical functions: Sumif, AverageIf, Round, etc.
    • Logical functions: If, And, OR.
    • Finance functions: NPV, IRR, PMT, Cumipmt, Nper.


A graduate from any stream (Undergraduate Students can register for exams but would be awarded the final certificate after graduation). Schedule exam after paying exam fees on any working day on any of the above centres.


AIWMI offers the FM examination across 5000+ Pearson VUE computer testing centers in 180 countries worldwide. Candidates can schedule exam after paying exam fees on any working day on any of the above centres.

Sr. No. Name of Module Type of Questions Test Duration in minutes No. of Questions Maximum Marks Pass Marks (%) Negative Marking
1 Certificate in Financial Modeling (FM) 10 Excel case studies with 6 questions each 120 60 120 60 No


Registration Fee for FM Program is as given below:

Details Fee (GST Inclusive)
Registration Fee – (5 Years validity) Nil
Exam Fee – (3 Months validity) – Per attempt * – India Candidates Rs. 3,540
Exam Fee – (3 Months validity) – Per attempt * – outside India Candidates Rs. 5,900