Finance for Non-Finance Managers

Course Date:

Registration Period:

14 hours / 2 days

9:00am to 5:00pm

Mode of Training:
Facilitated Learning (Online Synchronous)

Participants will be required to calculate the accounting ratios and prepare a cashflow statement.

Singapore Polytechnic

Course Introduction

In today’s economy, PMETs constantly encounter the need to understand, interpret and make sense of financial information in their daily work. Those not trained in Finance face difficulty to engage with their superiors to offer sound decisions and judgements of their operations or projects using financial analysis.

There is a need for non-Finance PMETs to learn and acquire skills in the basics of Finance in their work.

Course Objective

To introduce basic financial concepts for learners to appreciate the usefulness of financial statements and the process of capital budgeting.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:
• Appreciate basic accounting principles
• Explain the different types of financial reports;
• Interpret key Financial information
• Understand the limitation of financial reports
• Construct cash budget and pro-forma statement
• Apply time value of money concepts to evaluate different streams of cash flow
• Appreciate the capital budgeting process
• Apply common capital budgeting techniques to project evaluation

Course Outline


Day 1

1.Introduction, Course outline, Expectations and Takeaways
• Understanding the importance of financial statements.

2.Analysing & Tools for Preparing Financial Statements
• Understanding  Double Entry Concepts
• Recording Transactions- Journals, Cash Book, General Ledger
• Understanding the differences of Income Statement  & Balance Sheet and their roles.

3.Assumptions –Sources of information
• Understanding Relevant and achievable targets
• KPIs, Assessments relevant to company /industry

4.Understanding Financial Statements
• Accounting Terminology within Financial Statements
• Contents of Income Statements, Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
• Understanding Income, Balance Sheet (Assets, Liabilities & Equity)
• Understanding Cash Flows (Operating, Investing & Financing)

5.Analysing & Interpreting Financial Statements
• Understanding Vertical Analysis
• Understanding Ratios (Performance, Liquidity & Leverage)

6.Limitations of Financial statements
• Understanding the pitfalls of over relying on financial statements
• Understanding the limitations of Ratios

Day 2

7.Planning & Budgeting
• Understand the Financial Planning Process
• Understand and apply Cash Planning concepts to prepare Cash Budget
• Understand and apply Profit Planning concepts to prepare Pro-forma Statement

8.Capital Budgeting & Investment Analysis
• Understand and apply time value of money concepts to evaluate different streams of cash flow
• Describe the characteristics of capital expenditure
• Describe the capital budgeting process
• Understand and apply the following capital budgeting techniques:
o Payback period
o Net present value
o Internal rate of return

Suitable for

Mid level PMET with no finance training but may be working in roles that require finance knowledge and skills.

Minimum Entry Requirements / Assumed Skills and Knowledge

Learners must be able to handle spreadsheets and have strong numeracy skills.

Having at least 3 years of working experience will be useful to appreciate the concepts to be taught.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Attendance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

Full Fees (before GST): $480.00
GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants*: $10.08 
GST payable for others: $33.60

Applicants/EligibilitySkillsFuture FundingSubsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above1$432.00 $58.08
Singapore Citizens aged below 40$336.00$154.08
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders$336.00$154.08
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders2$432.00 $58.08
Others (Full fees payable)$0.00$513.60 

*As per SSG’s policy, the GST payable is calculated based on 7% of the baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

1Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
2 Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

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Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit
Terms and Conditions

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed.
You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is new run.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
PACE Academy

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.