Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

This online course will help you understand how your decisions can improve efficiency, drive successful projects, and impact the financial performance of the business.

Course Description

Even if your role isn’t finance-specific, you’ll benefit from strengthening your grasp of financial principles with this course. Whether learning how to craft financial reports or developing a business case, you’ll better understand the numbers driving your company’s performance and dramatically improve your professional decision-making process.

Course Outcomes:
  • Solidify your grasp of finance fundamentals: amount, timing, revenues & profits.
  • Interpret data on financial reports and how these reports impact each other.
  • Identify the different categories of cost accounts for budgeting and tracking spending.
  • Formulate strong estimates, and determine when to capitalize and depreciate an asset.
  • Utilize ratios and measures to gain insight into profitability and performance.
  • Develop a business case to provide rationale for why a project should be undertaken.
  • Understand cost behavior and cost variance reporting.
  • Earn 8 contact hours or PDUs toward your project management education for certification with PMI.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines for continuing professional development. GoSkills has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute(PMI)®.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.
About Instructor:

Ray Sheen - Project Management Instructor & Author


Ray is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute and a certified Scrum Master with Scrum Alliance. He is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Product Development Management Association.

He is president and founder of Product & Process Innovation, Inc. and is a veteran business leader with over 25 years of executive, project management, and engineering management experience. Ray has worked in several industries including aerospace, electrical distribution and utilities, biotechnology, appliances, electronics, machining, medical devices, pharmaceutical, automotive, and financial services. He has held executive management positions in a Fortune 500 company and has been involved in entrepreneurial startup organizations.

Ray has spoken at regional symposiums of the Project Management Institute, corporate programs for project management instruction, and provided expert witness testimony on several lawsuits involving project management and weapon system production on government programs.

Ray provides training and consulting in all aspects of Project Management, Product Development, Innovation Management, Strategy Formulation, Process Design & Setup, Design for Manufacturability, Poka Yoke, Lean Manufacturing, Product Line Strategy and Finance for Engineers through universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clemson University, and the University of Winnipeg.

He is also an instructor at the China Institute for Innovation. His recent consulting clients include General Electric, Medtronic, Covidien, Tyco, Johnson & Johnson, Dominion Power, NSTAR, American Superconductor, Draexlmaier, Kaman Aerospace, Endologix, Nypro, and Instrumentation Laboratory.


Course Outline

There are two equally important attributes of every financial transaction, the amount and the date it occurred. Both are required for financial reporting and analysis.
Revenue is the amount of money that a company receives for selling its goods and services. Profit is the amount of money that a company earns after it has paid all its expenses.
The Earnings Statement is a financial report that shows business profitability over some time period.
The Balance Sheet is the financial report that shows what the business is worth at some instant in time.
The Cash Flow Statement is a financial report that shows how well the company was able to convert business activity into cash over some time period.
Each of the financial statements provides insight on an aspect of the business financial status and structure. These accounts across the statements are related, and changes to values will likely impact multiple statements.
When calculating profitability, the different profit measures provide insight into the most significant factors that are creating corporate profit or loss.
Return ratios are normally used for comparing companies or comparing the past performance of a company with its present performance.
It is important to know what category of account you are working with when budgeting and tracking spending. The different categories of accounts behave differently so knowing which category you are working with will provide insight into the budgeting and tracking process.
Estimating is used when planning and budgeting business costs or revenues. The estimate needs to include both the amount and the timing of the transaction.
Whenever a company purchases an asset with long term value, it must be capitalized. Every asset that is capitalized is then depreciated, which is special form of amortization.
If you capitalize a fixed asset, you are required to depreciate it on the business financial books.
Budget baselines should be used if costs must be controlled within a department or on a project.
The business case provides the business rationale, normally in financial terms, of why a project should be done.
The business financial system records costs based upon the cost account type. The costs are often accrued near the end of fiscal quarter or year.
Cost variance reporting is the calculation and reporting of costs that are different than what was expected by the budget or standard.

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