Become a Certified Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™

Analyze data like a pro using all the most popular business intelligence tools
  • Save hours of time by automating data transformation
  • Combine data to create world-class visuals and dashboards
  • Analyze and predict events using complex datasets

BIDA™ At a Glance

Program Overview


Online at your own pace

Yearly access

To our course libary

17 Courses

Available now, more coming soon

2 Comprehensive Case Studies

To test your skills

150-200 Hours

Average completion time

Receive a Certificate

To verify your financial skills

How the BIDA™ Program Works

Step 1: Prep Courses Optional

Our short prep courses will take you through the fundamental concepts that we explore throughout the BIDA program.

Introduction to Business Intelligence
1.5 hours
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Data Science Fundamentals
Statistics Fundamentals
2.5 hours
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Step 2: Core Courses & Case Studies

The BIDA core courses will equip you with fundamental skills in each tool, from Power Query through to Power BI, Tableau and Python. Also, put learning into practice by working through our database of guided case studies.

Power Query Fundamentals
Power BI Fundamentals
Power Pivot Fundamentals
SQL Fundamentals
10 hours
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Tableau Fundamentals
Dashboards & Data Visualization
Case Study - Financial Statements in Power BI
Case Study - Trading Dashboard in Tableau
Python Fundamentals
5.5 hours
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Modeling Risk with Monte Carlo Simulation
Loan Default Prediction with Machine Learning
Professional Ethics
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Step 3: Elective Courses Optional

The BIDA electives will take your knowledge to the next level. Our advanced skills courses and case studies will help you explore more complex real-world scenarios.

Excel VBA for Finance
7.5 hours
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Bayesian Thinking
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Step 4: Final Exam (Coming Soon)

After earning a minimum passing grade of 70% in each course assessment, take the BIDA™ final exam to earn your program certification.

Step 5: Get BIDA™ Certified

Congratulations! Upon completion of the program, you will receive a block-chain digital certificate with your new credentials. You also have the option to order a physical certificate to be mailed to your door.

BIDA™ Skill Categories & Learning Objectives

Data Transformation & Automation

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  • Learn how to transform data from multiple sources, reducing manual errors and  saving valuable time

  • Automate transformations to enable report refreshes at the click of a button

  • Use SQL and Power Query to perform efficient data transformations

Data Visualization

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  • Create stunning visuals that communicate key messages

  • Learn how to choose the right visual for the right type of data

  • Combine visuals to tell a story, allowing users to drill down into issues or trends using interactive dashboards.

Data Modeling

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  • Learn how to supercharge your analysis using a data model

  • Understand how to structure your data for efficient analysis

  • Create measures and metrics that help quantify the most important trends

  • Learn how to extract data from a database using SQL, the most widely used Business Intelligence query language

  • Learn the fundamentals of Python, and use it in various applications from machine learning to Monte Carlo simulation

  • Learn how to automate tasks and calculations in Excel using VBA, as well as how to read more advanced code in existing models

Predictive Analysis

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  • Learn common machine learning methods for making predictions

  • Model uncertainty using monte carlo simulation

  • Interpret and understand the results of machine learning models


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  • Learn how to describe data using meaningful statistics

  • Identify trends and patterns in datasets

  • Prove or disprove a hypothesis about data

Taught by Industry Experts

Sebastian Taylor
Sebastian leads our BIDA program, and has worked with a variety of BI tools across a number of industries. From Quant Energy Risk Management, to Financial and Retail analysis, Seb loves the challenge of automating and communicating complex analysis with simplicity and clarity. He has a degree in Economics and Finance and focused on Econometrics.
Joseph Yeates
Joseph is passionate about driving better decision making by creating, curating, and communicating insights from data. He has a degree in Business Administration and Finance, with further certifications in Business Analytics & Decision Making and Applied Database Administration & Design. A data enthusiast with a background in Retail Banking, he is an advocate for making advanced analytics more accessible to a wider audience by integrating them in business intelligence solutions.
Pavel Nacev
Pavel’s passion is playing around with data and finding new and quicker ways to visually present and analyze it. Pavel routinely works with millions of rows of structured and unstructured data, transforming them into meaningful insights for business leaders. As well as managing all of CFIs internal analytics, Pavel helps develop our BIDA courses. Pavel has worked across many different industries and most recently managed the Tableau implementation for a market-leading software platform for enterprise and photo printing. He has degrees in Economics and Business Administration.
Lester Leong
Over the course of the years, Lester Leong has been applying data science and machine learning towards business and finance to improve profitability, efficiency, and model interpretability. He studied in multiple fields such as economics, finance, accounting, business, and data science. His work experience includes leading a fintech company in machine learning, implementing company wide data science initiatives as a VP in Wells Fargo, and other various data consulting roles.
Andrew Russell
Andrew has extensive experience as a Software Engineer, involvement in developing bespoke applications across many different has led to expertise in a variety of programming languages and frameworks. Building data pipelines and predictive models for clients in the telecommunications sector has given Andrew great practical knowledge of solving real-world problems with Data Science. Combining software engineering and data science skills means Andrew is uniquely placed to provide meaningful insights.
Tim Vipond
Tim is currently the CEO of CFI. Since 2005, he has been an active participant in capital markets across a wide range of industries and transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising totaling more than $3 billion in value.

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Explore Your Career Options With BIDA™

Data Analyst

Collect and transform data, create data models and metrics that can be used to analyze performance.

Top Skills

Analytical skills
Business knowledge

Other Skills

Math & statistics
Data visualization
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Business Analyst

Business Analysts also have great analytical skills, but combine this with intimate knowledge of a business to help drive performance.

Top Skills

Business knowledge
Analytical skills
Data visualization

Other Skills

Math & statistics
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Quantitative Analyst / Data Scientist

Apply statistical models to financial and risk management problems.

Top Skills

Math & statistics
Analytical skills

Other Skills

Business knowledge
Data visualization
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In addition, the following roles combine several of the skills above into more generalist roles.

BI Developer

BI Developers do a bit of everything. From maintaining data flows, building data models or creating dashboards.

Data Visualization Analyst

Deliver and present data through dashboards and visuals that help businesses make better decisions

Trust Our CFI Certified BIDA Course Reviews

Anthony Williams
Data Science Fundament...
Outstanding training course. I completed the material in one sitting as it kept me completely engaged. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Data Science or Machine learning.
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Alicia Fortes
Power Query Fundamenta...
This course was exactly what I've been searching for! I've looked at various other training videos (YouTube, vlogs, LinkedIn, even group training at my work) but always felt like I was still missing important pieces when I was finished...
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Massimiliano Maur...
Power BI Fundamentals ...
Great, clear, and complete introductory course, perfect to begin getting acquainted with Power BI and beginning hands-on this powerful tool.
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Nouer Uz-Zaman
SQL Fundamentals Course
I have background knowledge of SQL but I must say I was impressed by the content shown. I already knew many concepts but it went through why it is the case which I really found interesting.
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Omar Poventud Mir...
Professional Ethics Co...
Best Professional Ethics Course Ever! This is without a doubt the best Professional Ethics course I have taken to date. Valuable information about ethics, with multiple examples from the real world and case studies. Recommended 100%.
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Christina Mary J
Introduction to Busine...
This course is very interactive.. I’m new to BI, after completing this course I’m confident to talk about BI concepts with my team.
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GK Ramphrasadh
Introduction to Busine...
I stumbled upon CFI BI courses on Google and was instantly drawn to the course. as a first-time user with non-financial background, CFI has won my heart in providing lucid and thought-provoking insights into BI which I was previously unaware...
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The Complete BIDA™ Program is Included in your CFI Subscription

$497 / year
$847 / year
Your Learning Experience
All 17 BIDA™ courses
BIDA™ Certification
Financial Models & Templates Library
Quizzes, Assignments, and Tests
Excel, PPT, and PDF Files
Digital Blockchain Verified Certificate
Bonus Materials
Macabacus Access
Capital IQ Access
Refinitiv Workspace Access
PitchBook Access
Vertical IQ Access
Premium Email Support
Model Review & Feedback
Additional Case Studies
Resume & Cover Letter Review
A FREE Modeling Competition Entry
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates?
Yes! You can download and edit the Excel models and templates included in your courses. All of the files needed in a course are available for download. Please note that while our study materials can be downloaded, the lecture videos are only available online due to copyright infringement issues.
How long does it take to receive my digital BIDA™ certification?
As soon as you complete the program! Students need to complete all 12 required courses. After completing the BIDA™ program requirements you can immediately request your digital BIDA™ certificate to be emailed to you by submitting your completed program through your student dashboard.
Are CFI courses verified?
CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US for CPE credits. You can find more information here.
Are there additional fees or costs?
None! The program tuition includes everything and there are no additional fees required to earn your digital certification.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All of our online courses and programs are priced in USD.
How do I earn my certificates?
You need to complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course to earn your course certificates. The certificate will then be available on your student dashboard and also emailed to you as soon as you have completed all of the requirements.
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts in the area of study you are focusing on. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle.
Wil these courses help me advanced my career?
Reviews from students who have taken CFI courses and the BIDA™ certification program include numerous stories about how people have been able to advance their careers. There is a proven track record of CFI graduates marking successful transitions into the careers of their dreams and this is based largely on the resources that we make available to our students upon enrolment. Our training is designed to be fully practical and simulates the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst. Additionally, we offer a wealth of information through our free career resources. The unique blend of all these elements is what sets us apart from other e-learning platforms when it comes to giving you all the tools you need to create a successful career in finance.
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