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Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional™ (FP&A™) Program

Your Fast Track to Leadership

Individuals who are able to transform data into actionable knowledge are in demand. In fact, the FP&A position is the hardest to fill. Rice University’s two-part live, instructor-led online FP&A™ program helps you prepare for the FP&A certification exam developed by the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) to test the mastery of core functions in the FP&A role.

Please visit our FP&A exam page for eligibility requirements and information on how to register for the FP&A exam.

Who Should Enroll?

  • FP&A managers and directors
  • Accounting, treasury and financial analysts
  • Finance and treasury directors
  • Chief financial officers
  • Vice presidents of finance and treasury
  • Consultants

Why Choose Rice?

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format
  • A history of delivering top-rated AFP programs
  • Quality instruction at one of the world's top universities

Benefits of Earning the FP&A credential

  • Makes you more marketable when you compete for FP&A positions 
  • Shows mastery of core FP&A knowledge and principles 
  • Increases your professional reputation among your staff and your peers 
  • Expresses career long-term commitment through ongoing professional development 
  • Demonstrates that you understand industry best practices 
  • Opens the door to more opportunities for career advancement 
  • Validates employer confidence in your skill set 
  • Connects you with a network of FP&A-certified peers

Attention CPAs

The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is a Registered CPE Course Provider. 

We have registered with the Texas State Board of Accountancy (Registration no. 600) to meet the requirements of the continuing professional education rules covering maintenance of attendance records, retention of program outlines, qualifications of instructors, program content, physical facilities and length of class hours. This registration agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the licensee.

Rice University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website learningmarket.org.


Mike Carpenter, FP&A, joined Cimpress as the VP of Corporate FP&A in July 2016. In this role, Mike leads a team responsible for all aspects of Corporate FP&A, SG&A functional support and is also heavily involved in driving Cimpress’ strategic planning and capital allocation process. Prior to Cimpress, Mike held various finance and business development roles for Lake Region Medical, PAREXEL International, EMD Millipore, the Tampa Bay Rays and Yum! Brands. Mike graduated with a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University in 1997 and received his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in 2003. In 2015, Mike obtained his FP&A professional certification.

Rashid Maqsood, FP&A, CTP, is Vice President Treasury at Rexel Canada Electrical Inc. He has been with Rexel Canada since 1992. His responsibilities include overseeing the banking operations, maintaining relationships with banks, securitization financing, credit management and collections, accounts payable management, acquisitions analysis, risk and insurance management, taxation function and pension fund management. Previous to that, he was Treasurer at Via Rail Canada, from 1988 to 1991. He also was Director Financial Planning and Analysis at VIA from 1981 to 1988. Before that he was Director FP&A at Canada Ports Corporation a Federal Crown Corporation based out of Ottawa from 1979 to 1981. Mr. Maqsood is a graduate of McGill University and an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the Certified Professional Accountant Society (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Course Details

Online FP&A Program
  • Mike Carpenter, FP&A
  • Rashid Maqsood, FP&A, CTP
The spring session is currently underway. Register for the fall session below. Register Now
15 meetings
Nov. 2, 2017-Jan. 4, 2018
(no class Nov. 23, Dec. 26 and 28 and Jan. 2)
Day of the Week
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Course Format
4.5 CEUs
54 CPEs
Time of Day
6-9 p.m.Central time
Tuition Fee
If registering by Oct. 25:
$1, 995
After Oct. 25: $2,195
Required equipment for online programs
Download Flyer Information Session Contact Us Note: Fee includes cost of the AFP FP&A Learning System™. Participants must register separately for the FP&A exam (exam fee not included in tuition). International participants, please note that books shipped internationally will incur additional costs that may be considerably higher.


"Certification shows you have all of the basic skills and abilities to perform in the FP&A role and a level of commitment to your profession—that you've taken the time and made an investment to prove yourself as a financial professional."
"The FP&A professional is required to play many dynamics within an organization, which requires a breadth of knowledge and a depth of expertise. That transformation from solely reporting numbers to driving improvement and enhancing enterprise value is at the heart of FP&A. It is this essence that is captured in the exam and through earning this credential."