Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

Finance for Non-Financial Professionals Certificate

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE – Finance for Non-Financial Professionals


  • Apply the concepts of accounting and finance
  • Understand key accounting and finance terms
  • Examine financial statements by using key ratios
  • Explain the importance of budgeting process


About this course

Influence your financial decisions and learn how to influence the profitability of your department and your organization. In this course, you will gain a basic understanding of financial and accounting concepts to help your organization grow. By completing this course, you will gain general financial knowledge and a deep understanding of the impact of your decisions outside of your functional area. Course content includes certain aspects of finance from the point of view of a non-financial specialist. Specific topics include: financial analysis; planning, forecasting and budget; cash flow and strategic financing. This class will be interactive and will require the active participation of participants in financial activities.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:
1. Explain the importance of finances and the interpretation of financial information.
2. Apply the concepts of accounting and finance to analyze financial performance.
3. Know basic accounting and financial terms.
4. Examine the financial statements using key ratios.
5. Explain the importance of the budgeting process.
6. Know the key ingredients needed to improve profitability.


University of California, Irvine


Boris Kisov


Innovation, IT & Management

10+ years of initiating and delivering sustained results and effective change for companies across a wide range of industries including
innovation, enterprise software, digital marketing, start-ups, advertising technology, e-commerce and government.