Body of knowledge

CGMA Finance Leadership Program body of knowledge

Wherever you start the CGMA® Finance Leadership Program, you will have access to the entire body of knowledge, from the basic, foundational skills to the most advanced business concepts. You will also have access to all the practical tools and frameworks you can apply immediately in your organization. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required to start the CGMA program.

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Below is an overview of the syllabus and learning outcomes for each level.

Operational level | Management level | Strategic level

Operational level body of knowledge

Competencies In this section you will learn.... Including skillsets such as…
Finance Function Transformation How to explain the role and transformation of the finance function Explain how the finance function works cross-functionally to achieve strategic objectives
Recognize the importance of a digital mindset and ways to leverage technology
Explain finance function transformation in the digital age
Finance Business Partnering How to explain main business functions and finance business partnering Explain how to organize business, the purpose, types and common features of organizations
Explain the main functions of a business and how finance business partnering supports performance
Data and Analytics How to identify how data backed analysis supports decision making Identify ways in which the finance function uses data
Cost Accounting How to apply cost accounting methods and techniques to assist Management in planning and decision making. Define costing and explain the application of costing concepts
Budgeting and Planning How to prepare and use budgets to provide information to management for planning and control Prepare operating budgets and explain how they are used to manage performance
Know how to use a budget to exercise control over the operations of my organization
Short-Term Decision Making How to use the concepts of relevant costs and revenues to present information which assists in short-term decision making Produce quantitative analyses to support short-term tactical decisions
Apply cost/volume/profit analysis for organizations with multiple products or services
Explain the nature of uncertainty in the short term
Regulatory Environment How to understand and can describe major global regulators overseeing financial reporting, governance of the IASB, the standard setting process and principles of corporate governance over financial reporting Describe the role of the major global regulators over financial reporting
Financial Statements How to describe specific financial reporting standards and apply them to prepare basic financial statements Describe the purpose of the IASB's Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting"
Apply relevant IFRSs to common transactions and events"
Principles of Taxation How to distinguish between different types of taxes, prepare a basic corporate tax calculation and recognize key issues affecting international taxation Distinguish between and identify features of different types of taxes
Prepare a basic corporate tax calculation
Identify important tax implications of operating in a foreign country
Managing Working Capital How to explain the importance of cash and working capital management, identify sources of short-term financing and use working capital ratios as performance indicators Identify important tax implications of operating in a foreign country
Define operating and cash cycles and calculate key working capital ratios
Select and use techniques to manage working capital

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Management level body of knowledge

Competencies In this section you will learn.... Including skillsets such as…
Organizational Strategy How to create a strategy to achieve a competitive advantage Conceptualize strategy and strategic management processes
Analyze the business environment and the competition
Perform internal capabilities and SWOT analysis
Apply models of strategic performance monitoring
Leading and Managing People How to manage and utilize leadership skills to improve team performance Apply key leadership and management concepts
Advise on organizational culture and high performing teams
Discuss management performance techniques
Discuss effective communication skills
Project Management How to use project management tools to drive change or transformation Manage organizational change and elevate resistance to change
Lead change with project management skills
Cost Competitiveness How to achieve competitive advantage by managing costs Advise managers on the use of activity-based techniques to support decision-making.
Discuss the importance of adding value to the customer
Discuss techniques for enhancing long-term profits 
Organizational Performance How to manage and control performance of the organization Discuss strategies to avoid dysfunctional decision making
Analyse and report on the performance of operating divisions 
Evaluate the effects of a transfer pricing system on decision making and organizational performance
Pricing and Capital Investment Decisions How to support pricing strategies and capital investment decisions Use discounted cash flow techniques to evaluate capital investment decisions
Evaluate and recommend investment appraisal techniques
Discuss pricing strategies
Decision Making and Risk How to identify and manage risk associated with decision making Discuss risk and uncertainty that may arise in long-term decision making
Use quantitative techniques to analyse the risk in long-term decision making
Discuss how risk associated with a long-term decision can be managed
Advanced Financial Statements How to produce advanced financial statements in line with IFRS Apply IFRS standards to leases, revenue recognition, and financial instruments
Apply IFRS standards to other key transactions and events
Determine appropriate accounting policies in accordance with IFRS
Group Reporting How to prepare financial statements in accordance with relevant international accounting standards for a group of entities Discuss financial statement considerations for group reporting, including subsidiaries and associates
Demonstrate the impact on group financial statements due to changes in shareholding during the period
Examine financial statement considerations of business combinations
Analyze the preparation of a group's statement of cash flows
Long-term Financing How to advise on decisions relating to sources of long-term finance, along with their associated costs Sources of long-term financing
Examine the capital markets and the approach to raising long-term finance
Calculate the cost of raising equity finance and debt finance
Calculate acceptable rates of return for various types of finance
Finance Statement Analysis How to analyze financial statements to provide insights about financial performance and position Use financial ratios to assess earnings performance and return on investment
Improve Financial Performance and Position
Understand the limitations of financial statement analysis

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Strategic level body of knowledge

Competencies In this section you will learn.... Including skillsets such as…
Competitive Advantage How to advise the organization on its current position and long-term direction Recommend basic process steps for creating a strategy 
Advise on formulation of vision, mission and objectives 
Apply tools to collect and interpret data in order to analyse the external environment and competition
Discuss the impact of the business ecosystem on organizational strategy
Apply tools to analyze customers and the product portfolio
Construct a SWOT analysis and identify strategic gaps
Strategy Formulation How to advise on the formulation of strategy Discuss responsibility for strategy and governance within an organization
Analyse strategic decision making and align with the values of the organization
Evaluate strategic options for competitive strategies and growth strategies
Evaluate ethical issues and the impact on strategic decision making
Recommend how to manage strategic relationships using stakeholder mapping
Strategy Implementation How to successfully implement strategy to achieve a set of objectives and how to manage change. Advise on how to communicate, enable and support strategy implementation
Analyze type and impact of organisational change
Develop a strategic performance measurement system
Recommend change management methodologies
Digital Strategy How to create a digital transformation strategy that enables the organisation to harness the power of digitization Explain the digital transformation and underpinning technologies 
Analyze the impact of digitalization on the organization, 
Develop and implement strategy of digital transformation in a business
Risk Oversight How to provide expert guidance on the board’s responsibility for the management of risk Prepare and analyze risk reports
Advise the board on appropriate strategic actions
Advise the board on governance structures
Risk Identification How to discuss the risks that may expose my organization Identify and explain the different types of risk
Explain the additional risks that are associated with international trade
Analyze ethical, social and environmental issues
Risk Assessment How to determine an organization's risk factors Determine an organization's risk factors
Internal Control How to recommend and implement systems to control risk Evaluate the acceptable level of risk
Construct a plan for managing effective internal audits
Discuss need for the internal control systems and information systems
Discuss and evaluate capital investment decisions
Discuss how to manage financial risk and fraud risk
Financial Objectives How to advise on objectives that will affect decisions  Advise on strategic objectives for a variety of entities
Evaluate decisions based on financial and non-financial objectives 
Evaluate decisions based on uncertainties for business variables
Evaluate decisions based on the business environment
Corporate Finance How to advise on decisions involving investment, financing and dividends Evaluate financial and strategic implications from acquisitions and mergers
Evaluate different valuation methods for various investment opportunities
Evaluate venture capital objectives
Evaluate the strategic implications of raising debt and equity finance
Advise on different policies and cash needs of the organization
Regulatory Compliance How to advise on regulatory issues that may affect company strategy Advise on the development of a financial strategy tailored to the regulatory environment
Evaluate hedging opportunities to minimize risk
Advise on the reporting of social and environmental issues
Advise on the effect of price and service controls

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