The CFO is one of the most prestigious roles in business – the partner and natural deputy to the CEO. As a senior leadership position, it calls for a credible and trusted professional who can look beyond the traditional accounting perspective to meet the needs of key internal and external stakeholders.

This pathway will help you to develop an understanding of the evolving finance function of the future and the role of the CFO in driving business improvement and success. You will look both outwards to the needs of stakeholders, and inwards to the effective performance management of the organisation. As you go, you will learn from our panel of experienced CFOs, who share the secrets of their success in extended video interviews.

  • Explore core areas in the future skillset of the CFO as identified by ACCA and IMA in "The CFO of the Future"
  • Discuss the key skills and capabilities identified in the CA ANZ "CFO Recruitment Guide"
  • Natural progression from our Finance Leader pathway, covering similar topics at a higher level, with a wider business viewpoint


  • Learning Resources: immerse yourself in the rich variety of articles, videos, activities, quizzes, discussions, and more, to develop the understanding and skills required to become a finance business partner.
  • Expert interviews: discover how you can become an effective finance business partner, from our prestigious team of experts.
  • Action plan: build up a practical plan of how you will put your new skills into action, and download a convenient summary of all the learning to take away.
  • Assessment: once you are ready, you can take the online assessment to demonstrate what you've learned, and complete the career progression pathway.
  • Secure certification: once you've finished the programme, you will receive a unique and secure Certificate of Achievement as evidence of your new understanding and capabilities.


This Career Progression Pathway is divided into six sections corresponding to the key communication skills and expertise you will need to develop. Complete all six to unlock the end of pathway assessment and access your Certificate of Achievement.

  • Finance function
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial leadership
  • Chief Performance Officer
  • Reporting to stakeholders
  • Digital transformation
  • Assessment


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Disclaimer: This course is available for ACCA members, you may need your ACCA membership number to complete your booking. This course and outline is provided by a third-party course provider. All course bookings are subject to the terms and conditions set by the course provider. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms and conditions. ACCA takes no liability for bookings made with third-party suppliers.