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

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. Visit our FP&A exam tab below for eligibility requirements and information on how to register for the FP&A exam.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PFPA3001.F17.1 Mike Carpenter, Rashid Maqsood Online 6-9 p.m.Central time Thursday, November 2, 2017

Instructor: Mike Carpenter

Mike Carpenter, FP&A, joined Cimpress as the vice president of Corporate FP&A in July 2016. In this role, Mr. Carpenter 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, Mr. Carpenter 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 bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. In 2015, he obtained his FP&A professional certification.

Rashid Maqsood, FP&A, CTP, is vice president of 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, Mr. Maqsood was the treasurer at Via Rail Canada, from 1988 to 1991. He also was the 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 earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the Certified Professional Accountant Society (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Nov. 02, 2017

End Date: Jan. 04, 2018

Schedule: 6-9 p.m.Central time

Length: 15 meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (no class Nov.23, Dec. 26 and 28 and Jan. 2)

Fee: $2,195 (includes cost of AFP FP&A Learning System)

Early Registration: $1,995 if registering by Oct. 25

CEUs: 4.5

CPEs: 54

  • 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 an online course?

  • Offered entirely online
  • Live instruction
  • Class recordings are made available in video (MP4) format




FP&A Exam

Part I Gathering, Interpreting, Understanding and Communicating Business and Financial Information

  • 180 minutes
  • 125 questions of which 110 questions are multiple choice and 15 are task based simulations

Part II Building and Interpreting Financial Projections

  • 270 minutes
  • 125 questions of which 90 questions are multiple choice and 35 are task based simulations

FP&A Exam Window and Application Dates

Exam window dates: February 10-March 31, 2018

Early application deadline: November 17, 2017

General application deadline: December 15, 2017

For more information, visit the FP&A  certification website.

Students in most professional development programs must have access to a computer and the Internet to complete the coursework.

Minimum System Requirements for Online Courses

The online courses are delivered through Blackboard Collaborate. Before you get started in a Blackboard Collaborate session, you should ensure that your computer is able to support the needs of the collaboration environment. As a first-time user, to test whether your computer is ready to access Blackboard Collaborate, visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant and click on “How do I get started”.

Connecting to Blackboard Ultra

Students in online format courses must have the following:

  • Headset or earbuds with a microphone attached to your computer
  • High-speed Internet connection (Ethernet preferable)
  • Google Chrome or FireFox (versions 49+) installed on your computer*

Blackboard Ultra can be accessed on a mobile device. The Blackboard app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. Join the webinar directly from your session link in Canvas — the app will open automatically. Please be sure to use your earbuds or headphones, as your built-in speakers may cause echoes during the recorded session.



Kindle Fire

"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." 

Financial assistance information can be found on Rice Financial Aid's Visiting and Continuing Education Students page.