Micro-credential in Finance for Non-Finance Executives

Hear past participants discuss why they chose Finance for Non-Financial Executives at Trinity Business School and how they have benefitted from a stronger grasp of finance language and terminology, and improved analytical skills.

Programme Overview


  April 2024
Format In Person
Duration 4 full days

16 & 17 April & 9, 10 May 2024

Schedule  9:00 - 17:00
Tuition Fees Certificate for Completion Route (CC) €1850
Micro – Credential Route (MC) €2000
Application Deadline Micro – Credential Route -Closing date 26th March 2024

Sharpen your financial skills and develop the ability to understand what the numbers are really telling you about your business. Measure financial performance effectively and identify priority areas for improvement.

What does the programme offer you?
A strong grasp of finance language and terminology and enhanced analytical skills.
The ability to explore financial statements and reports to understand how day-to-day decisions and activities impact the financial performance of your business. 
Confidence to communicate effectively with accountants and finance managers.
The ability to analyse and improve the performance of your business. 
Guidance on how to spot and take advantage of financial opportunities.
Practical tools to investigate the cost - benefit of investments.

Programme details

Using practical and real-life case studies, this course covers:

Day 1: 

  • Understanding financial terminology and familiarity with the key figures in financial statements.
  • Understanding the impact of day-to-day activities on the financial performance of a business.
  • Identifying your key performance metrics and analysing how your business has performed against similar businesses

Day 2: 

  • A practical toolbox with multiple ways to improve the financial performance of your business.
  • Measuring the impact of volume growth on financial performance, margin enhancement and minimising investment in assets.

Day 3: 

  • Understanding the key factors to consider to make effective investment decisions.
  • Identifying relevant cash flows.
  • Deriving the hurdle rate for investment decisions.
  • Understanding discounted cash flow techniques and using them to evaluate investment decisions.
  • The importance of post-evaluation monitoring of investment decisions.

Day 4:

  • Further exploration of financial topics including capital structure and costing.
  • In-depth analysis of discounted cash flow, present value (PV), and internal rate of return (IRR).
  • Exploring business valuation methods, including earnings multiples and discounted free cash flow.

Who is this programme designed for?
The programme is suitable for anyone in charge of a budget seeking to understand and analyse financial reports and forecast future performance.

Programme delivery
Four full days in-person

Lecturers: Hilary Hough

Hilary Hough is a certified accountant and chartered director with a wide range of corporate finance, accounting and general management experience. He held a number of senior positions with the Bank of Ireland and since leaving the Bank has provided accounting and financial consultancy and training to senior executives and owner-managers in a range of large and small companies and public sector organisations throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.

What I’ve enjoyed most is being back in a learning environment and getting information that is directly relevant to what I’m doing day to day. My background is very technical, so I wanted to expand my knowledge in the area of finance. Sometimes it can feel like what you are learning is purely theoretical, whereas this is very specific, with worked examples that will apply to going back to the office. The atmosphere in the classroom was very welcoming and positive, and the fact that the room is filled with people from different industries is very helpful as well, as it helps you think about the content from a different perspective.

Simon Delaney

VP Powerplant, Genesis, Ireland

Why undertake the programme for credits?

Micro-credentials are short flexible modules that lead to accreditation in the form of ECTS. For further general information about micro-credentials please click here.

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