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

Prepare for your FP&A certification exam with Rice’s online course. FP&A professionals are well equipped to transform data into actionable knowledge – a skill that is in demand.  The FP&A position is typically the hardest to fill. Separate yourself from the rest by adding this certification to your résumé. 

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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. The FP&A designation defines universal principles and standards of practice. By sitting for the exam and earning the FP&A certification, you demonstrate your understanding of those complex processes, tools and best practices and are well-positioned to drive strategic business decisions at your organization.


Sectionsort descending Instructor Format Schedule start date
PFPA3001.F18.1 Rashid Maqsood, Mike Carpenter Online 6-9 p.m. Central time Thursday, November 15, 2018

Instructor: Rashid Maqsood

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).

Mike Carpenter joined Sparx Hockey as the vice president of finance and administration in 2017. He is a versatile corporate finance senior leader with broad experience that includes financial planning and analysis, manufacturing finance, client finance and business partnering. He has a strong focus on team stewardship and processes improvements.

Mr. Carpenter has experience in publicly traded, family owned and private equity backed companies ranging from $5M/year to Fortune 300. Prior to Sparx Hockey, Mr. Carpenter held various finance and business development roles for Cimpress, Lake Region Medical, PAREXEL International, EMD Millipore, the Tampa Bay Rays and Yum! Brands.

Mr. Carpenter graduated with a bachelor'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, he obtained the FP&A professional certification and began teaching the FP&A course for Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies as well as abroad with Leoron.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Nov. 15, 2018

End Date: Jan. 17, 2019

Schedule: 6-9 p.m. Central time

Length: Seven Tuesdays and eight Thursdays

Fee: $2,195 Fee includes the cost of the most recent FP&A Learning System.

Early Registration: $1,995 if registering by October 25

CEUs: 4.5

CPEs: 54

Note: This is a preparatory course. Exam registration and fees not included.

  • 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 1-March 31, 2019
Early application deadline: November 16, 2018
Final application deadline: December 14, 2018


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

Financial Assistance

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

Required Equipment for Online Courses

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

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." 

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