Certified Budget Analyst – Advanced Tools in Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting

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Course Overview

This program has been designed to provide the participants with a broad view and understanding of financial budgeting for enterprises. A discussion of financial statements is a must when considering the creation or analysis of financial budgets. Also, an understanding of how costs behave and how they can be derived and allocated to the various aspects of the business units is also an important part of preparing budgets.
We will be discussing various budgeting methods that have been used and are still in use today in various enterprises. We will also be discussing the methods we can use to assess whether a budget is appropriate and should be approved, and in some cases, whether a project should be undertaken at all.
And finally, no discussion about budgets can be complete without assessing how well a company or sub-unit has actually performed in relation to their budget, and understanding why there are any differences, which there will usually always be.

Key Takeaways

Understanding of how to prepare budgets.
Ability to analyse budgets using various methods.
Improved ability to forecast revenues and costs.
Understanding of the key elements of financial statements.
Ability to prepare a complete master budget.

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Course Outline

Day 1
SESSION 1: Master Budget and Responsibility Accounting
→ The advantages/disadvantages of budgets
→ What the master budget is and explain its benefits
→ Review an operating budget and its supporting schedules
→ How to use sensitivity analysis to test financial planning models
Case study: Scenario & sensitivity analysis to test budget assumptions
→ Responsibility centers and responsibility accounting
Day 2
SESSION 2: Flexible Budgets, Direct Cost Variances and Management Control
→ Distinguish a static budget from a flexible budget
→ Flexible budgets variances
Case study: Evaluating performance by calculating variances from standard costing
→ Standard costs used in variance analysis
Case study: Material, Labor & Variable Overhead variances
→ Price and efficiency variances for directcost categories
Case study: Standard Cost and Operating Performance Measures
→ How benchmarking is used in cost management
Day 3
SESSION 3: Overhead Cost Variances and Management Control
→ Similarities and differences in planning variable and fixed overhead costs
→ Compare & contrast variable overhead efficiency and overhead spending variances
Case study: Calculate the 3 comparative methods
→ How the variable overhead efficiency variance differs from the efficiency variance for a direct-cost
Case study: Standard Cost Variances for Variable Overhead
→ Compute a budgeted fixed overhead cost rate
→ How the 4-variance analysis approach reconciles the actual overhead incurred with the overhead amounts allocated during the period
Case study: Show how the 4-variance analysis approach reconciles the actual overhead incurred with the overhead amounts allocated during the periods
→ The economic impact of Covid-19 on various industries
Day 4
SESSION 4: Cost Allocation, Customer-Profitability Analysis, and Sales-Variance Analysis
→ Identify the 4 purposes for allocating costs to cost objects
→ Criteria to guide cost-allocation decisions
→ The concept of cost hierarchy to customer costing
→ Why customer-level costs differ across customers
Case study: Customer profitability
→ Subdivide the sales-volume variance into the sales-mix variance and the salesquantity variance
Case study: Sales Price, Mix, Quantity and Market Share & Size variances
Case study: Cost, efficiency, mix, and yield variances.
Day 5
SESSION 5 - Capital Budgeting and Cost Analysis
→ Recognize the multiyear focus of capital budgeting
→ Understand the 6 stages of capital budgeting for a project
→ Identify relevant cash inflows and outflows for capital budgeting decisions
→ Use and evaluate the 4 discounted cash flow (DCF) methods: net present value (NPV); internal rate-of-return (IRR), Modified Internal Rate of Return (MIRR) & Profitability Index (PI).
Case study: Calculate all 4 methods to make an informed decision
Case study: Calculate project rankings based on the 4 methods
Case study: Calculate AFN (Additional Funding Needed)

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
→ Budgeting and planning personnel
→ Capital and resource planning
→ Managing Directors
→ Finance managers
→ Financial Controllers
→ Senior and mid-level management
→ Department managers
→ Strategists
→ Data analysts
→ Risk controllers
→ Board members

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