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Building a Spreadsheet Forecasting Model – eLearning

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Modern spreadsheet tools, like Microsoft Excel, make it easy to build a forecasting or business model. The problem is that the formulae can quickly become very complex, and the structure of the model can get very unwieldy. When building a spreadsheet model you may be able to navigate it well enough, but other people will have to use it and may find it impenetrable.

This course explains how to build and operate spreadsheets for forecasting planning and business models. It’s a practical guide, which takes a step-by-step approach to building models using Microsoft Excel.

Upon satisfactory completion of this activity you will be able to:
• Establish the ground rules for building a spreadsheet model, including guiding principles and the core elements.
• Build a model including input data, intermediate calculation and output data.
• Put together an executive summary of your model along with any appendices necessary.
• Use a range of different techniques to assess the impact of potential changes in inputs or variables.


This course arms you with the knowledge and skills you need to be able to apply a structured approach to modelling, undertake scenario planning and sensitivity analysis and build a spreadsheet model of your business.

No prerequisites.

No materials distributed.

No assessments required.


Topic: Corporate Finance

Sub-Topic: Business Planning & Analysis, Financial Modelling

Format: eLearning

Proficiency Level: Intermediate

CPD: Upto 4 hours