Data Management Certificate



Data is changing the way businesses navigate risk and opportunity through periods of economic uncertainty. Harness the power of data and turn it into meaningful insights for strategic decision-making in this five-course online program.


This program has been acquired via a partnership with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada.


This is a self-paced online program. It will take up to 33 hours to complete, dependent on your individual learning needs and style.

Many organisations are facing the same challenge: too much raw data and not enough refined, usable data. Companies need leaders who can navigate the implications of digital disruption and be responsive to change.

 

In this program, you will learn how to harness the power of data and turn it into meaningful information for financial and strategic purposes.

 

The curriculum includes five courses, combining theory and practice on the key components of data management: cleansing and modelling, business intelligence, analytics, decision-making and forecasting for the future.

 

 

The program includes four core courses and one elective course:

  1. Data Preparation: Cleansing, Modelling and Dashboards
  2. Navigating Data Analytics
  3. Decision Making and Critical Thinking in a Data-Driven World
  4. Data Landscape for the Future Accountant
  5. Elective - a choice of Data Preparation: Introduction to Power BI, or Data Preparation: Introduction to Tableau Desktop

 

The Data Management Certificate is designed for accountants who have at least five years of post-qualification experience as a controller, analyst, manager or consultant, as well as executives interested in best practices for data.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES


Data Preparation: Cleansing, Modelling and Dashboards

 

  • Define the terms ‘data’, ‘analyse data and ‘interpret data’
  • Recognize the importance of data cleansing
  • Identify key concepts of ‘data modelling’
  • Get and transform data into a model ready format
  • Create a Power Pivot data model
  • Begin writing formulas to aggregate KPI values from the data model
  • Create dashboards
  • Dashboard tools.

  • Navigating Data Analytics

     

    • Explain why data is one of the most important assets to an organisation.
    • Apply the appropriate concepts when approaching data analysis.
    • Differentiate between the various types of analytics.
    • Explain concepts associated with data visualisation.

     

     

    Decision Making and Critical Thinking in a Data Driven World

     

    • Apply Critical thinking strategy to organisational challenges
    • Apply an evidence-based decision-making strategy to organisational challenges
    • Add value to your organisation by sharing expertise in evidenced based decision making
    • Module 1: Understanding the complexity of decision making.

     

     

    Data Landscape for the Future Accountant

     

    • Explain the impacts and value propositions brought on by technological trends associated with Big Data, AI, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency.
    • Explain the privacy, legal, and ethical implications associated with the aforementioned technological trends.
    • Describe why and how these technological trends are relevant for accountants, and how accountants can play a part.

     

     

    Data Preparation – Introduction to Power BI

     

    • Get and transform data into a model ready format  
    • Create a Power Pivot data model
    • Begin writing formulas to aggregate KPI values from the data model
    • Create ‘Dashboards’.

     

     

    Data Preparation: Introduction to Tableau Desktop

     

    • Learn about Tableau Desktop and the Tableau Platform
    • Discover different ways to connect to data and build a data model
    • Compare Tableau capabilities to Excel
    • Build interactive visualisations and dashboard
    • Publish our results to share with our local community.

     

     

    Benefits

    In this program, you will learn how to harness the power of data and turn it into meaningful information for financial and strategic purposes. 

The program includes four core courses and one elective course:


Data preparation: Cleansing, modelling and dashboards

For most organisations, it’s impossible to avoid navigating substantial amounts of data. Learn how to cleanse that data, create value-added models and build effective dashboards.

To extract the benefits of raw data, it must be refined into content that supports management reporting and other strategic business objectives. In this course, you will learn how to prepare data for cleansing, modelling and dashboards. You will also study how to interpret and transform data into meaningful information using tools like Excel and Power Pivot.


Navigating Data Analytics

Analytics can make or break your bottom line. Learn how to harness the power of data science to enhance business intelligence and deliver precise, high-quality insights to your stakeholders.

The value of data rises when it is transformed into easily understandable insights that can improve outcomes for people, products and performance.

Help your organisation better understand the market with up-to-date digital skills. In this course, you will learn how to use data science to enhance overall data management – from best practices in efficient mining and analytics to top-notch visualisation, the challenges of big data and more.


Decision Making and Critical Thinking in a Data Driven World

The world needs leaders who are thoughtful, decisive and digitally literate. Learn how to make better business decisions by improving your approach to critical thinking, scepticism and bias awareness.

Decision making is a core function of management. Good leaders know the best approach is to begin with what’s true, then determine the most effective course of action.

In this course, you will learn how to improve your critical thinking with professional scepticism and make better, data-driven decisions that achieve clearly defined business outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to explore the human and machine elements of decision making that lead to bias in data.


Data Landscape for the Future Accountant

Technology keeps changing and so do the value levers of business. Be prepared for what’s next and arm yourself with the right skills to play an active role in shaping the future of the profession. The future of the profession is evolving, and accountants must keep up with the pace of change.

This includes having a strong understanding of the latest technologies and the growing impact of digital on business, finance and accounting. In this course, you will learn about big data, the rise of cryptocurrencies, new developments in artificial intelligence and more. Dive into practical case studies that explore some of the most pressing privacy, ethical and legal issues facing technology in business.


Data Preparation (elective, choose 1):

Introduction to Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is an excellent tool for building effective dashboards. Discover the key concepts you need to create data visualisations that communicate meaningful strategic information with your audience. After transforming raw data into a workable format, the next step is disseminating that refined data throughout your organisation. One of the most effective ways to do this is by creating custom dashboards. Microsoft’s analytics platform, Power BI, can be used to develop high impact data visualisations. In this course, you will learn how to use Power BI to make dashboards that express meaningful, easy-to-understand, evidence-based insights – ideal for strategic presentations to senior management.


Introduction to Tableau Desktop

Tableau Desktop is an excellent tool for building effective dashboards. Discover the key concepts you need to create data visualisations that communicate meaningful strategic information to your audience.

After transforming raw data into a workable format, the next step is disseminating that refined data throughout your organisation. One of the most effective ways to do this is by creating custom dashboards. Tableau Desktop is an analytics platform that can be used to develop high impact data visualisations.

In this course, you will learn how to use Tableau Desktop to make dashboards that express meaningful, easy-to-understand, evidence-based insights – ideal for strategic presentations to senior management.


EVENT DETAILS


Topic: Future Focused, Reporting

Sub-Topic: Business Planning & Analysis, Business Reporting, Financial Planning & Advisory, Financial Reporting

Format: eLearning

Proficiency Level: Intermediate, Advanced

CPD: Upto 33 hours