CPD Courses

Certificate in Digital Innovation for Finance (CertDIF)

12 May 2020


Advances in digital technology are reshaping the world of accountancy and finance. These changes present an opportunity for finance professionals prepared to embrace digital innovation and apply their analytical skills in new ways.  

You and your organisation need to understand and embrace these opportunities to digitalise your businesses and remain relevant to customers. Digital affects all areas of business and accountants play a key part in the strategic planning process and achieving organisational success.

Expand your knowledge across a range of technologies and understand how digital can add more value to your organisation.

This certificate will develop your technology skills, with the curriculum aligning closely to the key insight from ACCA's report, The digital accountant – digital skills in a transformed world and will focus on emerging technologies, future disruptors and digital transformation.


Learning outcomes

The CertDIF is designed to help you:

  • understand how digital technology is disrupting the finance profession
  • increase your awareness of emerging technologies
  • understand what digitalisation can mean for your role and how to make informed decisions about adopting and using new technologies
  • develop a digital mindset to take a considered view of the emerging technologies
  • stay up to date in this ever-changing and fast-moving area.

Developed in partnership with accountingcpd

Accountingcpd helps accountants grow by providing high quality CPD and qualifications, that genuinely make a difference to their careers.

Accountingcpd offers over 1,000 ACCA approved hours of learning, designed to keep accountants up to date and help them develop skills for the future. With over 20 years’ experience, accountants can rely on accountingcpd’s award-winning approach to CPD.

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Who is the certificate for?

The Certificate in Digital Innovation for Finance is aimed at accountancy, finance, business and advisory professionals who wish to develop their knowledge, skills and awareness of innovations in digital technology and its impact on the finance profession.

The certificate provides an opportunity for accountancy and finance professionals to increase their knowledge and develop these broader technology skills and understand how technology can create value for your organisation.


Entry requirements

There are no formal educational requirements to begin the certificate.

If you already have a professional accountancy qualification, this certificate can help you top up existing competencies with specific knowledge and skills around digital technology, future disruptors and digital transformation. It's also be a valuable source of CPD.

If you don't hold a professional accountancy qualification, it offers you the opportunity to gain formal recognition of your capabilities.


The certificate is divided into 20 units, each lasting around one hour.



Each unit follows a three-part structure of learning, sharing and reflection:


You'll get access to a range of learning materials including the course modules, articles, videos, and quizzes.


After working through the learning materials learners are prompted to share their experiences with each other, creating a community of practice within the certificate.

My notes

Once they have completed each unit, learners are asked to write a reflection on what have they learnt, what they will do differently and what, if anything, they would want to think about further. As they work their way through the 20 units, these reflections build into a set of personal notes that compile into a PDF for them to take away.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Certificate in Digital Innovation for Finance takes approximately 20 hours to complete and can count as CPD for our members. For more information on CPD, visit our CPD section.

Certificate syllabus

The material will be presented in a series of units, which you'll progress through to complete your studies. 


Topics covered by the certificate

The certificate is divided into 20 units, each lasting around one hour:

Section A: Here and nowSection B: Emerging technologiesSection C: Future disruptorsSection D: Digital transformation
1. Introduction6. Machine learning11. Blockchain technology15. Digital transformation: the role of finance
2. Big data 7. Robotic process automation12. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency16. Developing a DX strategy
3. Data analytics8. Artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation13. Deep learning17. Managing digital change
4. Data science
9. Data preparation, transformation and infrastructure14. Embedded and self-serve analytics18. Digitising internal processes
5. Analytic tools10. Data visualisation 19. Digitising products and services
   20. Digital finance: where do you fit in?


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