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3 – Days | 5 – Days | 7 – Days

Course Level

Beginner | Average | Advance

Course Location

Dubai | Abu Dhabi

Advanced Budgeting Workshop


Why Attend

This course is considered the second level in budgeting after our ‘Effective Budgeting and Cost Control’ course. It goes beyond the theory of budgeting as a concept to cover specific steps to make the budget a value-added process in the organization. By building user-friendly models and applying scenario analysis, management will spend less time gathering data and more time in analyzing it for decision making. Several Microsoft Excel tools are used throughout this course to make it practical and to provide participants with the skills needed to apply these tools in their organization immediately. Such tools include ‘what-if’ analysis and the Solver, among many others.

The course also highlights some of the main forecasting models and the detailed evaluation of capital budgeting techniques, all of which are applied in Microsoft Excel and put into practice.

Course Methodology

The course is a hands-on application on how to use budgeting and forecasting techniques. Participants will be involved in exercises, individual and group presentations, and working on case studies.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the budgeting process in their organizations and recommend improvements
  • Create budget templates and models for their departments or organizations
  • Apply several forecasting techniques to better manage uncertainties in budgeting
  • Evaluate capital budgeting decisions using several methods and recommend proper action
  • Utilize Microsoft Excel functions and tools in the budgeting process including breakeven analysis and optimization

    Target Audience

    Finance directors, managers, controllers, accountants, budget analysts, budget owners and professionals who wish to expand their budgeting knowledge.

    Target Competencies

    • Budgeting
    • Building models in Microsoft Excel
    • Forecastings
    • Evaluating proposals
    • Applying Microsoft Excel functions and tools
    • Assessing budgeting process

    Course Contents

    • Budgeting and planning
      • The budget and the functions of management
      • Budget as a planning tool
      • Budgets and the key financial statements
      • The Top-down versus bottom-up process
    • Budget cycle, process and approaches
      • The budget cycle
      • Characteristics of successful budgeting
      • Making the budget a value-adding activity
      • Top ten problems with budgeting
      • Choosing the proper budgeting approach:
        • Incremental budgeting
        • Zero-based budgeting
        • Flexible budgeting
        • Kaizen budgeting
        • Activity based budgeting
        • Rolling (continuous) budgets and forecasts
      • The master budget and its components
      • Operating and capital budgets
      • Best practices in budgeting
      • Creating a user friendly budget template
    • Forecasting techniques
      • Forecasting models
      • Qualitative and quantitative methods
      • Steps in developing forecasting models
      • Time series and trend analysis
      • Data conditioning techniques
      • Exponential smoothing and moving averages
      • Simple and multiple regression analysis
    • Advanced capital budgeting evaluation techniques
      • Business risk and cost of capital
      • Classifying investment projects
      • Cash flow estimation
      • Analyzing investment and operating cash flows
      • The time value of money concept
      • The required rate of return
      • Net Present Value (NPV)
      • Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
      • Multiple internal rates of return
      • Modified Internal Rate of Return (MIRR)
      • Profitability Index (PI)
      • Payback period and discounted payback period
      • Capital rationing
      • Comparing and evaluating techniques
      • Sensitivity and risk analysis
    • Breakeven analysis and optimization techniques
      • Cost Volume Profit (CVP) analysis
      • Using CVP to reach a target income
      • Single product and multiple products breakeven analysis
      • Working with budget constraints
      • Building optimization models
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    Apex Campus Locations

    Abu DhabiMasdar CityDubai
    304, Level – III, Abdullah Darwish Building,
    Corner of Hamdan & Salam Street,
    Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
    Mob: +971 55 679 4618
    Landline: +971 2 672 0066
    Email: [email protected]
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    135, Level – I, Incubator Building,
    (Near Masdar Institute of Science & Technology)
    Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
    Mob: +971 55 679 4618
    Email: [email protected]
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    22nd Floor, Millennium Plaza Hotel,
    Near Emirates Tower Metro Station,
    Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai – UAE
    Mob: +971 50 963 1642
    Email: [email protected]
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