Introducing the Build Financial Models Like A Pro Online Course

Go from having never built a model to becoming a financial modeler using a tried and tested system.


Course Details:

The Build Financial Models Like a Pro course by Leonine Learning is a self-paced online course led by financial modeling expert, Haneef Abbas. This course teaches finance/business professionals how to efficiently build robust financial models with Microsoft Excel using a systemised approach.

Whether you are a :

  • Financial planning and budget professional
  • Corporate strategy analyst
  • Finance professional working in sell side and buy side advisory e.g., corporate finance, investment bankers, investment managers, private equity
  • Risk management professional
  • Accounting professional

you are sure to leave this course with a sought after skill that will make you a superstar in your career, serve as a side income generator and even help you lay a good foundation when setting up a business.

This course will:

  • equip you with the skills to develop robust models that help your company/clients optimize their operations, spot areas for improvement and maximize profits.
  • empower you with the skills needed to enhance strategic financial planning and support data driven decision making.
  • ensure you can identify key business drivers, analyze, and forecast financial performance and ultimately provide sound recommendations to management that drives your company/clients growth and support deals.

The Build Models Like a Pro course really ramps up your excel and financial analysis skills but this is not a watch and automatically get the skills course. As with all things, you need to practice!!; but our well tested and easy system to building models is guaranteed to reduce your learning curve.

The financial modeling course is for forward thinking professionals who want to stand out from the pack; and are passionate about delivering top notch value to the clients/ companies they serve.

Course Delivery

The financial modeling course is an approximately 15 hours course that can be completed at your own pace. It is delivered in two formats:

  • Online only
  • Online + Live group coaching sessions

It consists of 7 modules that are delivered through a mix of videos, templates, transcripts and quizzes to maximise the learning experience. The course is also packed with case studies that will solidify the learning outcomes.

Students will be added to a Facebook/telegram group (optional), where they can get more support to any questions they might have; augment their learnings utilising peer to peer learning and group work. The group will also facilitate networking and opportunity sharing with each other.

The Online+ Live group coaching session delivery format will involve three (3) coaching sessions of two hours each that would be primarily focused on guiding students through working on more complex case studies, live discussions and feedback directly from the course instructor. This ensures students take action and get value for their investment.

In addition to this, there would be two (2) Ask-Me-Anything sessions organised for the students on both pathways. Students will be given a certificate of completion after attempting the relevant tasks. They will have access to the course for 1 year.

This modules shows you the big picture of financial modeling and the range of career opportunities it can avail you. This model delves into the What, Why, Who, When, and How of a financial model. The best practices and fundamental principles and common pitfalls when building models.


This section will ramp up your excel skills as you will learn and revise basic to advanced excel functions that would help you in building models.

Here, we look at the important functions for financial modeling; customise our excel interface to suit basic modeling requirements and master shortcuts and other hacks to build models efficiently.

To become very proficient in financial analysis, you need to understand the foundational components of financial statements, that is exactly what this module will do for you.

In this module, we identify the main components ,underlying principles and concepts behind the preparation and presentation of financial statements. We define the 5 accounting elements, how they interact and also gain understanding of business financial performance via analysis of its income statement, statement of financial position and cash flow.

By the time you get to this module, you would have built a strong foundation for building financial models  and now it’s time to build!

In this module, you will:
a. design and layout a typical financial model template to codify the model structure, style and framework
b. leverage understanding of business to determine and build up relevant assumptions for business drivers:
c. conduct calculations of forecast business performance based on defined assumptions
d. summarize and present the forecast financial performance into income Statement, Statement of financial position and cash flow statement
e. conduct ratio analysis and create relevant charts and visuals


In this module, you will learn how to embed scenarios and sensitivity analysis of defined assumptions, to test the financial model and aid decision making

Here, you will learn how to prepare an executive dashboard that summarizes the main results of the financial forecast in a succinct manner to support swift understanding and effective decision making

You will learn how to Include encryption to ensure confidentiality and protection of the model.

  • Access to our ‘How to build Automated Dashboard Course’
  • Access to Excel Shortcuts for Mac and windows
  • 5% discount on any of Leonine Learning physical/ virtual courses

Course Curriculum

Your Lead Facilitator

Haneef Abbas is the Chief Executive Officer of Leonine Investment Services Limited (“Leonine”). He is a finance professional with over 12 years experience in corporate finance, financial analysis, business intelligence, data analytics and financial modeling.

He has trained over 500+ professionals in finance and analytics across the globe. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the Association of Chartered Accountant UK, and The Financial Market Association.

Prior to founding Leonine in 2017, Haneef was the Head Corporate Finance and business reporting at Asset and Resource Management Holding Company. He is also an alumnus of PwC, Access Bank Plc, and FSDH Merchant Bank Limited.

 He has 7+ years experience building financial models and has built over 50 models for businesses in different industries

Between building models for a living and training over 500+ professionals in diverse fields, on different productivity and financial analysis tools; you are in the BEST HANDS.

The Program provided me with the foundational skill sets I use today in financial modeling as the facilitator communicated clearly, patiently and adequately linked financial concepts to real-life examples. 

Moni Alli

Moni Alli

McKinsey & Company

“The financial modeling classes were very exciting and insightful. My goal for taking the training was achieved without a doubt. The course curriculum is designed to allow in-depth understanding. Abbas is an excellent teacher. He understands the fundamentals and is able to communicate same. All questions were answered to our satisfaction “

Olalekan Ipele

Olalekan Ipele

PAC Capital

The course curriculum is comprehensive and very detailed, it covers everything that it is expected to cover. It was a good experience for me. Haneef Abbas is very courteous and has a good understanding of the subject matter

Moses Ojo

Moses Ojo

You have me sold already. When can I sign up?

The financial modeling course is available all year round but group cohort enrolment holds twice in a year, April and September.

Students are expected to really go in on their learning within the first four weeks of enrolling in the course for maximum impact and support.

Access to the course remains throughout the year, so you can always log in to refresh your memory or catch up.

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