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Certified Budget Analyst (CBA) - Advanced Budgeting and Financial Forecasting Using Advanced Excel
George Skordis

Independently Accredited and Certified by CPD and International Academy of Business and Financial Management (IABFM).
George Skordis, BSC/ACIB/FCCA
  • George Skordis is an Accomplished Senior Finance Professional with over 21 years of professional experience internationally
  • He has held a Deputy CEO role in the banking sector in Eastern Europe for 5 years and 3 years’ experience as a CEO & CFO of a logistics organization
  • At various leadership positions, he has demonstrated a good track record in streamlining organizations’ budgets, reducing 25% cost by restructuring a company’s processes and procedures as well as revising a company’s service price that led to a 30% increment in revenue per year

Mr. George Skordis is an expert in the finance, risk management, IFRS, mergers & acquisitions and financial modeling industry with over 21 years of working experience. He has 5 years’ international experience as Deputy CEO in the Banking sector in Eastern Europe as well as 3 years’ experience as a CEO & CFO of a logistics firm. He is also a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and a Fellow Chartered Banker (FCIB).

Throughout George’s extensive international experience in the Middle East and Europe, he has demonstrated his deep experience in the design and implementation of new business models for organizations which includes turning around a loss making company in solid profitable performance within 2 years. He has also helped a company streamline their processes and procedures which in return, reduced 25% of their cost, as well as also successfully implementing an ERP System that enabled cost cutting of 15%.
He has 13 years’ teaching experience for academic and professional diplomas plus ad-hoc courses in Europe and Middle East. He is a leader but at the same time, a team player who is always pursuing the best possible outcome. George is always assisting and coaching his employees and students while generously passing his vast real life working experience to his students.

Certified by International Academy of Business and Financial Management (IABFM). This course has also been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted CPD guidelines. On average, this executive program contributes 24 hours towards your CPD.

Program Summary

This certified program will show you how to improve your overall strategic financial planning, budgetary and forecasting techniques by examining in-depth how world class companies are re-inventing their overall strategic financial planning and budgeting. You will learn how to conduct rigorous financial analysis by identifying key drivers of business costs and profits to better manage your budget and develop more accurate financial projections by using customized forecasting and budgeting drivers.

You will also learn how to map your business plans into your overall financial planning, budgeting and forecasting cycle and build a comprehensive financial reports that uses new metrics to give you definitive insights into your business performance. With insights from extensive financial consulting work around the world and his research on financial practices of many large multinationals, the faculty leader will present new frameworks, concepts, and tools that examines the best practices used by leading organizations today in their financial budgeting, planning and reporting.

Programs, dates and locations are subject to change. In accordance with Clariden Global policy, we do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national or disability in admission to our programs.


The professional budget analysis program is designed to help you to attain the Certified Budget Analyst (CBA) designation as well as to provide you with an understanding of the role of budgeting and its importance as part of the strategic direction of the organization. It is important that the people producing budgets also understand the inter-relationship between the budgetary process and the financial results of the organization. Hence some time is spent looking at the relationships between financial statements and budgeting.

The program will look at the various budgetary approaches that have been used over time, their benefits and limitations, and how they are cyclical in nature. We will also consider the type of circumstances when particular types of budgets may be used, including those that have been used and are still in use today in various enterprises.

The program will include practical exercises that will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the types of financial documentation. This includes reviewing the commonly used financial metrics and the way that they can be incorporated into the budgets. We will discuss 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.

What You Can Expect

Course Requirements and Certificates

  • Attendance – delegates must attend all sessions of the course. Delegates who miss more than two hours of the course sessions will not be eligible to sit for the course exam.
  • Successful completion of the course assessment – participants will receive a certificate of completion from Clariden Global. After successfully passing the exam, another certificate will be issued by the IABFM and will be directly posted to your company address.

Post-Completion Benefits

  • Successful completion of the course makes you a Certified Budget Analyst. You can use the designation of CBA on your business card and resume
  • Membership to the only professional body recognized by the AACSB, the world’s leading collection of business schools
  • Up to 18 months membership to the IAPM professional body
  • Access to the IAPM network and materials published online
  • Preferred access to education centers in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America
  • Access to the IABFM journal published online
  • Gold Embossed Certificate with your name and designation as CBA (Certified Budget Analyst)

Learning Objectives

  • Explore different forecasting and trending methods to foresee changing market trends and develop more accurate financial projections by using customized forecasting and budgeting drivers
  • Examine in-depth how world class companies are changing their budgeting and financial planning from a static process to a dynamic one
  • Assess and evaluate risk and uncertainty associated with budgeting, forecasting and cost control to improve your forecasting accuracy
  • Conduct rigorous financial analysis to evaluate and forecast your future business performance
  • Build a comprehensive financial dashboard that uses new financial metrics to give you better insights into your business division's performance

Who Will Benefit Most

This course is designed for CEOs, Board Members, Finance Directors, Finance Controllers, Senior Accountants, Risk Controllers, Data Analyst, Business Strategist, departmental managers and anyone who is responsible for preparing organizations’ budget, forecasting revenue & cost and managing company’s financial statements, or anticipates engaging in budget management in the future.

Program Outline


  • Course objectives and scope
  • Understanding the scope of budgeting and the role in the success of the organization
  • Impacts of budgeting, accounting and financial techniques on professional


  • Understanding the difference between a financial report and a budgeting report
  • Elements of financial reports
  • Cash flow cycle
  • Different types of accounting
  • Financial statements and measures of profitability
  • Interpretation of financial reports
    • Profit of loss
    • Statement of financial position
    • Cash flow statements


  • Identification of budgetary stakeholders
  • Analysis of stakeholders
  • Using stakeholder information
  • Types of decisions that can be made


  • Budget cycles
  • Business Budgeting Model — planning, approving, managing, and reporting
  • Elements typically included in the budget
  • Budget planning process
    • Information assimilation
    • Prioritize various elements
    • Develop initial estimates (Forecasting, Top-Down, Bottom-Up, Programme Evaluation and Review Technique, Three-point Average, Cost-Benefit
    • Analysis, Return on investment, Payback period)
    • Compiling and total estimates
    • Refining the budget and perform inevitable trade-offs
    • Finalise initial budget for approval


  • Communication Model
  • Communication Planning Process
  • Structuring a budget presentation
  • Budget presentation suggestions
  • Competitive and collaborative budget negotiation


  • Managing the budget
  • Identifying and analysing variances
  • Earned value technique
  • Taking corrective action
  • Reporting budget status to stakeholders
  • Budget best practices

Only those who successfully complete the exam will receive the Certified Budget Analyst (CBA).

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Venue: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Date: 17 - 19 June 2019
Faculty: George Skordis
Early Bird 1: S$3,395 (by 22 April 2019)
Early Bird 2: S$3,595 (by 20 May 2019)
Regular Fee: S$3,695
Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat
(1 discount scheme applies)
Note: GST is applicable to participants from Singapore registered companies.
Contact: [email protected]
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