Developing finance professionals

Maximize your team: Join business leaders from Bose and Volvo who are transforming the finance function.

Finance is changing. No longer can your team rely solely on quantitative training, they must master new skills to remain successful in the automation age. Only 10% of CFOs surveyed say their finance teams have the skills needed to support their organization’s digital ambitions. Source: Agile Finance Unleashed: The Key Traits of Digital Finance Leaders. AICPA & CIMA and Oracle, 2019.

Expanding your finance team’s skill sets is the first step toward building a resilient business. But where do you start? Introduce your team to the CGMA® Finance Leadership Program and develop strategic business leaders. We interviewed over 2,000 finance leaders in 150 companies to determine the skills necessary to excel in the finance function.

Here’s how it works

Convenient, personalized and comprehensive, the CGMA Finance Leadership Program offers an intuitive platform and compelling content. Similar to top graduate programs, learning is completed online — allowing participants to complete the coursework according to their workload. Candidates should be able to complete the program within 12–24 months. Watch a short demo here.

What will your team learn?

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program helps professionals develop the technical, business, leadership, people and digital skills required in finance today. There are three levels: operational, management and strategic. The candidate’s experience and academic degree determine their entry level. Each level provides real-life scenarios and knowledge checks to facilitate learning. To learn more about the key study areas, view the body of knowledge.

Operational level Management level Strategic level

This is the recommended entry point for those holding  a bachelor’s degree or above in business.

At the Operational level, candidates learn:

  • Data Analytics
  • Budgeting
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Cost Accounting
  • Finance Technologies

Estimated study time: 75–100 hours

This is the recommended entry point for those holding a  bachelor’s degree or above in accounting or finance.

Building off the first level, candidates will expand their mastery at the Management level to include topics such as:

  • Cost Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Leadership and Management
  • Business Models
  • Organizational Performance

Estimated study time: 125–175 hours

This is the recommended entry point for CPAs, who have the option to skip right to the CGMA Strategic Level Case Study Exam.

At the Strategic level, candidates will learn finance strategy and how to manage risk:

  • Financial Objectives
  • Risk oversight
  • Internal Controls
  • Strategy formulation and execution
  • Regulatory Compliance

Estimated time:  150–200 hours

How will your organization benefit?

With the Finance Leadership Program, your staff will develop a broad base of business, finance and leadership knowledge that will enable them to:

  • Understand how the different parts of a business come together.
  • Bring innovative, strategic thinking to your leadership team.
  • Provide actionable insights quickly.
  • Clearly communicate issues, challenges and solutions.
  • Be better at decision-making and business performance.

In addition, an employer dashboard will help you track their progress and better align their workload with the new skills mastered in the program. 

Lastly, when your staff completes the program and earns their CGMA designation, it will have access to leading-edge learning resources to stay updated on emerging business trends and help your organization stay ahead of the competition.

Why choose us?

CGMA designation holders are found in 91 of the Fortune 100 and 95 of the world’s top 100 brands. With over 100 years of experience, we are the largest membership organization in the world for finance and accounting professionals. We have helped finance teams like yours transform through talent development, peer networking, thought leadership, and other resources.

Read testimonials from finance leaders who have earned their CGMA designation.

What does it cost?

The CGMA Finance Leadership Program is offered in one-, two- or three-year subscriptions. The time each team member will need to complete the program is based on their existing education and job experience. Prices are capped at $2,500 per program participant per year, with discounts for longer subscriptions and bulk orders. Special pricing is available for CPAs on your team and volume discounts for larger groups. 

To contact a learning representative please call 800.634.6780, option 1. 

You may also use our employer calculator to see how much this program would cost for your team.