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ICCF @ Columbia Business School

The International Certificate in Corporate Finance (ICCF) is rapidly becoming the benchmark certification in the field of corporate finance.

Since 2014, more than 2,000 current and aspiring financial professionals have pursued the ICCF certification.

ICCF provides a baseline set of knowledge for students, employees and employers in the three key areas of Corporate Finance:

Financial Analysis
Corporate Valuation
Investment & Funding Decisions


Next Session
Oct. 2, 2017 – Feb. 11, 2018

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Contact us: cbs@ff.institute


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ICCF @ Columbia Business School comprises three 6-week Online Courses and three case studies:

1. Financial Analysis
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2. Corporate Valuation
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3. Investment & Funding Decisions
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The three courses and their case studies require approximately 70 hours of work, over the course of five months.

The coursework prepares you for the ICCF final exam which can be taken at any Pearson VUE center around the world.

Course 1: Financial Analysis

Professor Shivaram Rajgopal

The goal of Financial Analysis is to diagnose the past in order to understand the present and try to predict the future. The learning objective of this course is to provide students with a clear, simple and effective methodology, enabling them to successfully complete financial analyses independently.

October 2, 2017- November 12, 2017

E-learning assets and textbook are available as soon as you enroll in the program.

They will allow you to start working on the following topics:
P&L account
Cashflow Statement
Working Capital

Introduction to financial analysis:
Why perform financial analysis?
Common mistakes
Roadmap and structure

First part : Margin analysis

Acquisition of fixed assets

State of depreciation of fixed assets
Investment policy: state of depreciation of fixed assets vs. Capex

Working capital requirements

Dynamic approach

Static approach

Economic profitability

Return on equity



A real company’s case…

1. 40 numerical questions

2. 500 word essay

Course 2: Corporate Valuation

Professor Dan Wolfenzon

This course presents the main methods and approaches in corporate valuation. You will learn the nuances of these methods and approaches, and develop an understanding for how they are applied to real-world situations.

November 13, 2017- December 22, 2017

It is necessary to understand and master the concepts of discounting and compounding.

Why value corporations?

Two methods, two approaches
Direct approach, intrinsic method
Direct approach, relative method
Indirect approach, intrinsic method
Indirect approach, relative method

Selecting multiples
Application to case study
Average, median and regression
Which years to consider?
Application to case study
Cost of capital
Common mistakes
From economic asset valuation to capital valuation
Patrimonial methods
Opco and Propco methods
Further thoughts

Course 3: Investment and Funding Decisions

Professor Charles Jones

With a clear vision of a company’s financial health and of its valuation, we are now equipped to make financial decisions.

This course presents the main concepts and operational tools in this domain, in order to make sound decisions or to give the proper advice: should this investment be made? How should it be funded?

January 2, 2018 – February 11, 2018

E-learning assets present debt instruments and shares.

Investment decisions
Net Present Value
Internal Rate of Return

Traditional approach
Modigliani & Miller
Pecking order theory
Other approaches
Traditional approach
Main concepts
Choice factors
Accounting and financial criteria
Debt structure
Debt renegociation
Why keep cash?


ICCF @ Columbia Business School Final Exam

The 2-hour final exam comprises 120 questions. It can be taken in any Pearson VUE center around the world, in 150 countries.

Conditions to obtain the certificate are as follows:
active participation in all three courses;
minimal grade of 50% on each case study;
minimal grade of 60% on the final exam.

The final grade is calculated as the weighted average of case studies grades (30%) and final exam grade (70%).

For more information, contact us:

email: cbs@ff.institute

New York: +1-212-321-7095
Hong Kong: +852 9820 6348

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About ICCF

Developed in 2013, The International Certificate in Corporate Finance (ICCF) is a trademark of FIRST FINANCE Institute Ltd (FFI).

The program was built by leading industry thought leaders and has become the first truly global certification in corporate finance.

More than 2,000 individuals from 40 different countries have pursued the ICCF certification.

ICCF @ Columbia Business School