If you’re thinking about taking the examination to be a
Certified Corporate FP&A professional you’d better be comfortable using
spreadsheets. The new FP&A Exam, currently in its beta testing window
through March 31, features task-based simulations for test-takers utilizing
spreadsheets as well as spreadsheet software to perform calculations.
Task-based simulations are items that require the
manipulation of data to solve a problem similar to those that FP&A
professionals typically encounter.
Written by subject matter experts, the FP&A Exam
emphasizes using spreadsheets because they are a key tool for financial
planning and analysis professionals, said Donna Berzellini, CTP, managing director
of certification for AFP, which is offering the certification. “Employers can
be assured that the FP&A Exam is not just theory-based. It offers a strong
practical skills component since spreadsheets are so critical to the
profession,” she said.
FP&A professionals can learn more about the spreadsheet
requirements, and additional information about the Exam, by watching this
tutorial. To view slides of the tutorial, click here.
For a list of abilities within the spreadsheet tool, click here.
The testing window opens August 1 through September 30. The
early application deadline closes May 30. Final applications for 2014 are due
June 27. Inaugural pricing is in effect for the August/September window and the
February/March 2015 window if you enroll by June 27, 2014. Application fees are
waived and candidate can also bundle it with the Learning System for an additional
For information about the FP&A Exam, the Certified
Corporate FP&A credential, eligibility requirements and more, visit fpacert.afponline.org.