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Who should attend

Non-financial employees from different position levels (analysts, managers, directors) who want to improve their business skills and decision-making.

Practical details

Course duration: 2 days

​Teaching language: English

Package: training session, lunch, printed material, PDF presentations, a certificate of completion, and unlimited contact with the lecturer after the training for advice.

Open Enrolment

Upcoming sessions:

DateLocation   VenuePrice
Saturday-Sunday, 18-19 February 2017BrusselsHotel Izan Avnue Louise, Rue Blanche 4, 1000 Brussels€250 Excl. VAT
Saturday-Sunday, 20-21 May 2017BrusselsTo be announced€250 Excl. VAT
Saturday-Sunday, 1-2 July 2017BrusselsTo be announced€250 Excl. VAT
Saturday-Sunday 16-17 September 2017BrusselsTo be announced€250 Excl. VAT
Saturday-Sunday 2-3 December 2017BrusselsTo be announced€250 Excl. VAT


  • Book any two trainings simultaneously for a total discount of 10%, 3 trainings simultaneously for a total discount of 15%. Click here to see the other training offerings.
  • ​Group bookings: 2 people (-5%), 3 people (-10%), 4 or more persons (-15%)
  • Both discounts can be combined

How to register & cancellation policy

To participate at one or more of our trainings, please e-mail our program manager: indicating which training(s) and date(s) you or other participants wish to attend. We will contact you back in order to have the necessary information to make a reservation and issue an invoice. After registration, it is possible to cancel before the training date, a full refund would be issued.

In-company solution

All our courses are available in in-company format, anywhere in the world, with up to 15 attendees. Our in-company trainings are customized together with your company, in order to reflect the specific situation, needs, industry, and maximize the benefit of your employees. Our daily price range is between €1,500 and €2,250 depending on your company location, further discounts are possible. If interested, please send an e-mail to our program manager: or call us on +32 2 450 71 22.​​

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Finance for Non-Financials - 2 days

Our methodology

  • Our trainings balance between solid academic information and practical real-life situations
  • We will look at different company sizes of different sectors
  • We encourage open discussion and contribution, every discussion opens room for learning for the attendee and the trainer alike
  • Copies (hard & soft) are shared with the attendees for later review
  • ​Our lecturer is fully available through e-mail or phone for further assistance or coaching after the training


Excellent content and delivery, friendly atmosphere and engaging learning!

Finance for Non-Financials - Ahead Education - Four Modules in Two Days

I had no backgrounds at all in finance and this weekend gave me the opportunity to have a large and intense overview of what is finance.

About this course

For many people in the business world, finance remains a mystery and is sometimes intimidating. Many concepts and terminologies may be confusing, yet they are the primary tools for properly understanding business situations and making correct decisions. Even in companies with finance departments, often times there is a language barrier between finance and non-finance employees.

This 2-day intensive course serves to de-mystify the world of finance, by bringing you key knowledge and tools from four fundamental disciplines of finance. The training is specifically designed to be able to link essential concepts with day-to-day work, and in return boost your results and your organization's performance. 

I strongly recommend taking this course for those wishing to learn ISO and quality. Great value for money.

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Key benefits

  • Advance your decision-making ability by adapting financial concepts into your reasoning
  • Be up-to-date with the relevant terminology and become confident in your business discussions 
  • Understand clearly the financial statements and reports, as well as their relation to business decisions
  • Enhance your communication with financial managers and be able to translate your business language into theirs
  • Apply management accounting costing tools to Improve your budgeting skills
  • Increase your business acumen with issues such as leasing, investments, cost structures, and profitability
  • Demonstrate the added-value of your department with solid numbers
  • Understand the economic environment and its impact on day-to-day businesses and private lives

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Course content

DAY 1 - MODULE 1: Financial Accounting

This module is an essential foundation for business language. It is the clockwork that keeps the business running.

  • Accounting principles & cycle
  • ​Financial statements: what they are, their structures, how to analyze them
  • ​Cash, short-term investments, receivables
  • ​Inventory valuation methods
  • Plant, property, and equipment depreciation and amortization methods
  • Intangible assets
  • Shareholders' equity and net worth

DAY 1 - MODULE 2: Corporate Finance

This module looks at companies as a whole, their capital structure, financial strategies and sustainability. 

  • Financial metrics & ratios: profitability, solvency, liquidity, and cash flow
  • ​Present discounted value and the time value of money
  • ​Corporate financing and the cost of capital
  • Capital budgeting: methods and tools 
  • ​Company valuation methodologies
  • ​Introduction to mergers & acquisitions

DAY 2 - MODULE 3: Management Accounting

Numbers help us make decisions every day. But how do we know which numbers to use? This module focuses on operating activity, it provides different analytical tools for better business/project evaluation and budgeting.  

  • Traditional costing systems
  • ​Activity-based costing & variants
  • ​Cost-volume-profit & breakeven analysis
  • ​Total cost of ownership

DAY 2 - MODULE 4: Financial Markets

A company is not alone in a vacuum, it is always part of a larger environment. This module explains how the financial markets operate, and why the central banks play a key role in the tides of the economy.

  • Sources of finance for an organization
  • Financial markets: functions and types
  • Banking, money creation, and the role of central banks in the economy
  • The bond market: types of bonds, value and pricing of bonds
  • ​Stock markets: how they work, economic theories of stocks, portfolio management
  • ​Derivatives markets: options, futures, and trading strategies

In our Finance for Non-Financials model (see below), these four modules provide a well-rounded and balanced education from micro and macro perspectives and also the different abilities to shape and control the business environment.

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The two-day course 'Finance for Non-financial' by Ahead Education helped me gain more knowledge and insight into finance.

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