PFM curriculum blends the knowledge of financial analysis with spreadsheet based financial model to ensure that candidate has practical understanding and application on the curriculum. PFM has adopted many breakthrough methods in the intention of developing new methods to provide better analysis on a company or project.
Obtaining PFM Designation is a long term investment. The adoption of new techniques and methods in PFM Curriculum is to ensure that every candidate has achieved a level of knowledge beyond what is commonly achieved by most analysts.
PFM Program is fundamentally different from most other financial modeling programs. The analytical modeling means PFM Program requires participant to understand financial concepts thoroughly. Understand how to apply the concepts in analytical setting is a challenge for a candidate.
Different from other financial modeling programs, PFM does not test the capability of a candidate on spreadsheet programming skill including the ability to develop model by using specific programming languages. PFM Exam focuses on the core understanding and analytical capability of the participant.
The certification program is envisioned to gradually become the most comprehensive financial modeling examination with high difficulty and certainly, much lower passing rate. The increasing difficulty will add prestige to people already obtaining the Designation. Hence, if you obtain PFM Designation while the curriculum is still expanding, you can obtain your designation much easier than waiting for the future. It is a good ‘hedge’ and investment.
That also means the program keeps on being updated and upgraded to include the relevant researches and breakthroughs.
The set up and development of PFM certification program has been undergoing rigorous process over the years and PFM Designation can be obtained only through passing the examination.
The examination is not a hassle, but it is part of learning process, as the knowledge retention rate of candidate who take examination has been much higher than those who merely attend training program without any further obligations. Examination process ensures that the holders gain credibility and trust from financial profession, employer and client.
PFM Candidate is not required to have former experience in functions related to financial modelling. As long as a Candidate fulfills some basic requirements, he/she is eligible for taking PFM Examination.