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Finance for non-financial Managers

Training and Development

The Finance training course for non-financial Managers will help managers develop their financial understanding, understand how their decisions affect an organisation’s financial performance and improve their organisation’s financial performance.

Develop your confidence and understanding of the financial aspects of the business with this two-day course. Gain the finance and accounting savvy you need to plan budgets, justify requests and identify problems before they get out of hand. This course will demystify the jargon so that you’ll learn the practical financial skills that will help you make better management decisions … knowledge you’ll use throughout your career.

The course will address frequently asked questions such as:

  • How do my decisions affect the business?
  • What are the key concepts of financial management?
  • How do I interpret financial statements?
  • How do I supervise the financial management of my unit?
  • How do I communicate effectively with stakeholders?

Manage the Finances of a Unit

Based on Unit Standard ID252040, NQF level 5

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Who should attend the Finance Training?

  • Middle management level employees
  • Supervisors
  • Team leaders
  • Employees who have been earmarked for succession into management

Finance Training Outline

Demonstrating an Understanding of the Key Concepts of Managerial Finance. 

  • The accounting cycle is explained by means of a diagram. 
  • The role of budgeting and forecasting in the strategic planning process is explained with reference to the manager’s specific organisational context. 
  • The accounting conventions applied in the financial management of a unit are explained with examples. 
  • The financial reports published by the manager’s entity are explained with examples.

Interpret Financial Statements. 

  • Financial statements are analysed, using data sources identified and evaluated for authenticity and accuracy. 
  • The ratios are applied to measure the profitability and liquidity of an entity
  • The ratios are applied to measure the working capital and asset utilisation of an entity. 
  • The ratios are applied to measure the return of an entity. 
  • Recommendations are made regarding the profitability of, liquidity, working capital, return, and resource utilisation by the entity using the results obtained from the application of the ratios.

Describe and Prepare Financial Forecasts. 

  • The types and formats of financial forecasts are identified with examples.
  • Sources of financial forecasts are identified as per the entity’s standard practice. 
  • Factors in preparing financial forecasts are outlined in line with entity’s standard operating procedures. 
  • Relevant factors are incorporated in the preparation of financial forecasts. 
  • Financial forecasts are analysed to determine viability against the entity’s requirements.

Draft Budgets According to the Operational Plan of the Unit.

  • Budget plans are linked to operational objectives. 
  • Operational objectives are established in line with the unit’s strategic plan. 
  • The budget is formulated according to standard operating procedures. 
  • Drafted budget is reviewed, reflected on and modified to ensure alignment to the operational plan of the unit.

Supervise Financial Management of A Unit against Given Requirements. 

  • Monitoring systems are agreed and adhered to, according to standard operating procedures. 
  • Expenditure reports are monitored for the year for each team within the unit against given criteria.
  • Corrective actions are implemented where necessary in accordance with the entity’s policies and procedures.

Finance Training Course Outcomes:

  • Identify and solve problems through making recommendations to address discrepancies. 
  • Work effectively with others when gathering information for financial ratio analysis. 
  • Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities when calculating ratios and reporting findings. 
  • Collect, evaluate, organise and critically evaluate information when monitoring expenditure against budget. 
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders in written reports. 
  • Use science and technology formulating a capital budget. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems showing how the results of the unit impact on the whole entity. 


Additional Information

Course Duration: 2 Days

Presented : In-house and online



  • Comprehensive manual
  • Framed certificate of attendance
  • Notepad & Pen
  • Superior training venue with delicious lunch, teas and refreshments

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