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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

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 a colleague's complex calculations!

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FAST stands for Flexible, Appropriate, Structured and Transparent. Behind these four characteristics are FAST's in-depth financial-modelling principles and rules.

Learning the FAST Standard will help you (and your team) to build financial models in a more structured and consistent way, while increasing efficiency and reducing the risk of using spreadsheets within critical business processes.

About our FAST Level 1 Online Course

As FAST-accredited training providers, we have focused this dedicated online course on the key FAST principles necessary to pass the 90-minute FAST Level 1 Certification exam.

The course is delivered through a specialist online-learning platform and is packed with video tutorials and practical exercises. It offers you flexible online training with direct support and feedback from our team of FAST-accredited trainers and qualified accountants.

You can start the course whenever you choose, and progress through it at your own speed.

  • 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 (e.g. 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


The FAST Level 1 Certification exam

The key FAST principles are tested through the Level 1 Certification exam, which comprises multiple-choice questions and a comprehensive practical modelling exercise. This is described in more detail in the video below:

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

Call +44 1225 350730

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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.