Candidate Stories

"When I interviewed, I was told I was chosen because of my AFM designation"

I got a terrific job with a fast growing company with a strong support from a PE firm which wants to spend a lot of money on building a national fitness chain. I would need to do a lot of modeling here and my boss told me that he chose me because I have the AFM designation. So my success is to a significant part thanks to you and your amazing firm. Thank you a lot. Looking forward when you introduce 2nd and 3rd levels and I be among first to register.

ALEXANDER GURINOVICH, AFM , MBA, CPA, CMA, CFA | AFM AS OF MAY 2017
Director, Financial Planning and Analysis - Movati Athletic | Toronto, Canada

"I felt completely supported throughout the study process, FMI looks out for the candidates in a way that is second to none"

FMI offers a top-notch, well-run and efficient financial modeling accreditation service. For exam preparation, they offer clear overviews and fantastic review material so that the candidates know exactly what to prepare for. All information is clear, concise, and complete – no details are overlooked. It was a pleasure to have worked through the process with the FMI.

In addition, they offer great support service as well. From a Slack group for each exam, to 1-on-1 reviewing if needed, they look out for the candidates in a way that is second to none. Their service is to be envied by any competitor, and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is looking to further their financial modeling background in any capacity. I am proud to have taken the AFM exam with FMI.

KEVIN VUCKOVIC, AFM | AFM AS OF OCTOBER 2018
Equity Capital Markets Analyst - Canaccord Genuity | Toronto, Canada

"FMI provides you with the tools to build and audit best in class financial models"

I really enjoyed taking the AFM certificate because it is challenges you while expanding all of your prior business, finance and excel knowledge. It is an international certification focused on best practices, providing you with the tools to build and audit best in class financial models. You need to stay focused on the exam preparation, following the study plan provided by FMI, and exercise your best time management, both in studying and on the exam day. I am now looking forward to progress to CFM soon!

GABRIELE DI ROSSI, AFM | AFM AS OF OCTOBER 2019
Financial Analyst - Saudi Aramco | Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

"FMI sets a high standard"

The FMI sets a very high standard for financial modeling around the world. As the Level 2 CFM exam is new, I can’t yet count on having a test centre in a small country like Latvia where I live. But this just adds to the excitement, as every time I can choose another test centre in another city (London, Zurich, Frankfurt and even Moscow work well for me).

ANDREW GRIGOLYUNOVICH, AFM, CFM, CFA | CFM AS OF OCTOBER 2019
Founder & CEO - AG Capital | Riga, Latvia

"The skills I have acquired through AFM has made me much more efficient at dissecting financial models, and it has helped me impress my supervisors"

As a software engineer, I decided three years ago to pursue my MBA with the goal of transitioning into a career in finance. While exploring the various industries and functions within the financial sector, one requirement I saw frequently in job postings was the ability to build financial forecasts and manipulate data in excel. I chose to sign up for the AFM exam because I wanted to acquire the core skills needed to build a financial model of a company. It was also a way to validate to myself that my skills and methods met the standards set by a well-recognized institute, at the same time, demonstrate my capability to potential employers.

Led by a highly accomplished team with a wealth of capital markets expertise, FMI sets the benchmark for excellence in financial modeling. They offer detailed study guides and sample models to help with exam preparation, making the experience accessible to anyone without prior exposure to financial modeling.

I’ve worked as an analyst in venture capital for the past year and we study several new opportunities on a weekly basis where decisions often have to be made very quickly. The skill set I’ve acquired while preparing for the AFM exam has made me much more efficient at dissecting financial models of target companies, building my own forecasts, conducting sensitivity and scenario analyses, and presenting those results to my seniors – sometimes it helps me impress them too!

The AFM designation ensures a strong understanding of accounting concepts and the links between the three financial statements, combined with advanced Excel knowledge and the ability to operate quickly (i.e. keyboard shortcuts). I would highly recommend it for anyone in or looking to get into the financial sector.

RAFID AL-HASSANI, AFM | AFM AS OF MAY 2018
Analyst, Venture Capital - CIC Capital | Montreal, Canada