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Certified in Finance & Accounting

Certified in Finance & Accounting

Finance and Accounting Training for Young Professionals

The Certified in Finance & Accounting Program provides specialization in the dual areas of finance and accounting. You will be introduced to the terminology of both topics and familiarized with the basics as well as some advanced concepts and theories. Courses are pitched at the MBA level, which means that relevance and applicability to your job are at their core. All courses consist of highly interactive lectures as well as group work. You will receive a WHU Executive Education Certificate (incl. 8 ECTS) after successfully completing the program.

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Program Content

The WHU Certified in Finance & Accounting Program gives you a comprehensive overview of financial decision-making and provides you with working knowledge on financial accounting.

The program consists of the following courses: Managerial Finance, Financial Accounting, The World Economy, Corporate Finance, Management Accounting.

To receive a certification, you must participate in 4 of 5 courses with a total of 12 teaching days, and successfully pass each course’s examination. The certificate grants 8 ECTS credits (13% of an MBA).

Program Benefits

Managerial Finance

  • Be able to understand and work with fundamental concepts of financial decision-making
  • Gain the ability to make sound business decisions using these basic concepts

Financial Accounting

  • Master the mechanics of financial accounting;
  • Gain an understanding of the institutional and conceptual foundations of accounting in Germany and Europe under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs);

The World Economy

  • Understand the main drivers behind the globalization of markets and players
  • Understand the characteristics, implications, and different forms of the foreign exchange (forex) market

Corporate Finance

  • Understand the basic questions of Corporate Finance
  • Become aware of how companies raise capital
  • Learn about financing sources for corporations and equity financing

Management Accounting

  • Understand the major tools Management Accounting has to offer
  • Define appropriate financial objectives for different organizational units such as production and sales units

Participant Profile

The WHU Certified in Finance & Accounting Program is most suitable for young and middle management talents who would like to acquire a solid knowledge in the areas of finance and accounting. In particular, participants with a first degree in engineering, law, social sciences, etc. will benefit from this program.

Participants should be willing and able to engage fully during the courses, as teamwork makes up a substantial part of the programs and course gradings. The participants come from diverse industry and organizational backgrounds, further enriching the learning experience and creating a valuable network of peers.

Admission requirements: To apply for this program, a proof of a Bachelor or equivalent first degree is necessary. Furthermore, participants are expected to have a minimum of two years of professional experience.

You can find the complete certificate regulation here. The program language is English.

For ECTS credits to be granted proof of a Bachelor or equivalent first degree is necessary.

Program Format and Module Dates

The program consists of 4 courses. Each course consists of 3 days (12 total). The courses are held on Saturdays and Sundays at WHU Campus Düsseldorf. Registration is possible up to 4 weeks before the start of the course. New course dates will be published on a regular basis.

If you are interested in completing more than one Certified in Program, you are welcome to contact us directly regarding special offers (certifiedinprograms@whu.edu). We are very happy to consult you on your options.

Current Course Dates:
  • Financial Accounting: Sep 23, Oct 15, Nov 4, 2023 or
  • Financial Accounting: Sep 24, Oct 14, Nov 5, 2023
  • The World Economy: Oct 7, 8, 14, 2023
  • Managerial Finance: Nov 11, 12, Dec 9, 2023 or
  • Managerial Finance: Nov 25, 26, Dec 10, 2023

New course dates will be published on a regular basis.

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Parental leave: Take the chance to enhance your professional skillset

WHU Executive Education is supporting parents on parental leave who are looking for new educational challenges: The Certified in Programs at WHU represent a great learning opportunity to acquire new business knowledge during their time off work. These programs take place on Saturdays and Sundays so that they can easily be combined with the daily routines of parents. The Certified in Programs provide specialization in either the topic Marketing & Sales, Finance & Accounting or Strategy & Organization.

We are delighted to offer parents on parental leave a complimentary Birkman Profile & Analysis on top of any Certified in Program. The Birkman Profile & Analysis is designed to measure employees’ occupational needs and behaviors across broad categories. Based on the results, personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as motivations, can be discovered. This will help participants to reflect on their work performance and improve it regarding their personality type.

For more information regarding this offer, please contact us directly.

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