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FAST Level 1 online course

Learn how to build Flexible, Appropriate, Structured and Transparent models and prepare for the FAST Level 1 Certification exam

FAST Level 1 online training course

The FAST Standard and Level 1 Certification exam

People build financial models in lots of different ways, which is great until you need to share your models with someone else or you find yourself having to unpick your colleague's complex calculations.

Learning the FAST Standard will help you and your team to build financial models in a structured and consistent way. FAST stands for Flexible, Appropriate, Structured and Transparent – the characteristics we strive for in all of our financial models.

The key FAST principles are tested through the Level 1 Certification exam, which we describe in the video below:


Behind these four characteristics are 72 pages of FAST's financial modelling principles in all of the the financial models that we build for our clients.

• Download full details of the FAST Standard

About the online course

As accredited FAST training providers, we have created this dedicated online course. It focuses on on the key FAST principles that you need to pass the two-hour FAST Level 1 certification exam, which comprises multiple-choice questions and a comprehensive practical modelling exercise.

The course is delivered through a specilist online learning platform. It offers you flexible online training with direct support and feedback from our team of accredited trainers and qualified accountants.

  • This course is for Excel users looking to improve their understanding of financial modelling good practice
  • Knowledge of advanced Excel functions is not required, but some existing spreadsheet experience (eg navigation, creating basic formulae) would be beneficial
  • A basic understanding of financial modelling and accounting concepts would help but is not essential

The FAST online course takes a blended-learning approach consisting of:

  • A series of short videos
  • Multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge throughout the course
  • Practical exercises
  • Comprehensive financial modelling exercises
  1. Introduction to financial modelling and the FAST Standard
  2. The key FAST principles
  3. The calculation block
  4. Shortcuts, tips and tricks
  5. Case studies
  6. Exam technique
  7. Next steps – exam registration and how to apply your FAST skills 
Course fee: £200 +VAT per person


To find out more about any aspect of this course, please call or email us.

Call +44 1225 350730

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Bespoke Excel Training from Clarity

Beginner modules

• An introduction to Excel

• Modifying a worksheet

• Developing a workbook

• An introduction to charts

Intermediate and advanced modules

FAST financial modelling training

FAST accredited Training Provider

FAST Standard Accredited Training Provider

About the trainer

Giles Male ACMA

Giles Male, ACMAGiles has spent more than 10 years building a wide range of spreadsheet models across the defence, telecoms and leisure industries.

At Clarity he heads up our Financial Modelling, FAST Level 1 training and Spreadsheet Review services.

In his spare time he enjoys a challenge or two, having recently completed the Marathon Des Sables.