This course provides more than 200 tips to help you at work.

As a finance leader, you are expected to be able to deal with a myriad of issues and situations. You have your experience and what you learned from colleagues and mentors, but this course will provide you with many more veteran tips, including many unconventional ones. You won’t find these tips in most courses or textbooks, but you’ll be able to use many of them. Over 9,000 accountants have taken the course, so you don’t want to fall behind them.

This is Part 1 of the two-part course.

The following professionals will benefit from this course: Controllers, CFOs, directors of finance, treasurers, and accounting managers. In addition, it is helpful for people moving toward these roles. Consultants and public accountants have historically been 10-15% of the audience and also enjoy it.


• Straight talk on ethics in the real world
• Improve the insight provided by your financial reporting
• The finance headcount benchmark revealed
• More creative thinking for accountants – get outside the box
• A different angle on the role of finance
• Cost-cutting tips
• The finance headcount benchmark revealed


• I can tell you this is the most interesting course I have followed on the CPA portal,… and I have roughly 30 years of experience. You have very good communication skills and you have a bright sense of humour
• You were covering pretty much all a controller or CFO have to know do to a good job. It is always inspiring to see a real CFO telling real tips to cause he have been hands on during several years as you shown on your course
• I really appreciated the concrete examples, it is easier to relate to. I also appreciated the jokes.
• I found it very refreshing to have some insights on how I could improve my "game". A lot of topics you bring up are aspects of our daily life at work but are not thought of at university or CPA program.
• I've enjoyed the delivery speed of your course and it kept my attention all the way through. I liked your hands-on and concrete approach
• I wish I knew some of these tips before, e.g. conversion tips, and I would probably implement others, like a one-page dashboard.
• I find it very interesting and not the typical CPA online course!
• I like how it's different and feels like it's more practical for day-to-day work, especially as an entrepreneur.
• Topics I particularly enjoyed: Ethics and integrity, banking
• The mix of tips with actual life experiences made the course enjoyable.
• Thank you for providing so many practical tips! It’s fun to learn through lots of stories!

What you will learn?
Become more creative – get outside the box
Hear straight talk on ethics in the real world
Getting the most out of your bank
Learn about a different angle on the role of finance
Obtain the finance headcount benchmark
Get cost-cutting tips
Improve the insight provided by your financial reporting
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4 hours
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Section 1. Introduction, the finance headcount benchmark - where do you stand & ethics Part 1 (course PDF Handout)-Part1
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Section 2. Ethics Part 2 and outside the box thinking-Part1
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Section 3. Outside the box thinking continued-Part1
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Section 4. Finance leadership, a different take on the finance role, and banking, Part 1-Part1
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Section 5. Banking, Part 2 and financial reporting tips-Part1
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Section 6. Cost-saving, offshoring, working with clerks-Part1
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Practical Tips for Controllers & CFOs Part 1
This course provides more than 200 useful and unusual veteran tips to help you in your work, and is Part 1 of a two part course.
Format: Online
Level: Intermediate
Certificate: Available
Duration: 4 hours
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