FinTech Courses

Best FinTech Courses/ Certifications (2021) ranked by Experts

In FinTech by Gaurav SharmaUpdated On:

5 trillion US dollars. That is the estimated size of the global FinTech market today. No one can deny the impact of FinTech on the global economy and its a topic that you need to get familiar with sooner rather than later. The FinTech sector is essentially an amalgamation of two of the world’s largest industries – finance and tech. Companies and investors around the world are pouring billions into FinTech development efforts in order to get an edge over the competition. This has led to a wealth of new career and entrepreneurship opportunities for skilled FinTech professionals. You have dozens of options to choose from like payments, blockchain, RegTech, programming, product development, WealthTech, AI, machine learning, algo-trading etc.

But the BIG question is this: How do you get started with FinTech? The following is a list of hand picked courses that offer the best entry points into FinTech. There is something for everyone – business and strategy oriented courses for senior management or bankers, tech-heavy courses for programmers or students and so on. I have only picked top-brand providers that will add tremendous value to your CV while teaching you all you need to know about FinTech.

How we review FinTech Courses & Certifications

  1. Fits your specific requirements – FinTech is a rather broad niche and there is no one size fits all. Some of you may be interested in coding FinTech apps while others may be leaning towards digital banking or decentralized finance. Which is why our first priority is to select the best course for each specific use case.
  2. Brand value for CV building/ personal branding – If you are not thinking about personal branding already, you are missing out. At the end of the day, its all about professional growth & career progression. To get ahead, you need to build your personal brand and that can be anything from a new designation next to your name to professional certification for your LinkedIn profile. Which is why I only list the most brand-enhancing courses and certifications in all of my lists.
  3. Provides real-world expertise – Employers prefer candidates who can hit the ground running form Day 1. While theoretical concepts are necessary to build a solid foundation, I always hire people who can tell me what they can do in the real world, in a real situation, solving a real problem with real money at stake.
  4. Doesn’t take years to finish – You need the career boost today, not years down the line. Self paced programs allow fast learns to power through quickly while those with limited free time can take it slow.

1. FinTech: Innovation and Transformation in Financial Services from National University of Singapore

Who is it for?

Mid to senior level executives interested in FinTech leadership.

Why take this course?

  1. When it comes to FinTech, Singapore holds a commanding position throughout Asia and beyond. With so much local innovation, the National University of Singapore is ideally positioned to train the future generations of FinTech entrepreneurs and disruptors. The immense potential of  the massive Indo-Pacific market makes this option all the more attractive.
  2. This 2 month program with 8 modules has been designed to help executives apply fintech innovations to real world business applications. The program starts off with a general but well presented introduction covering the drivers of FinTech, blockchain, Internet of Things, cloud computing, AI and machine learning and all such technologies that are playing a pivotal role in the industry. This builds a solid foundation before you are thrust into the meat of the program in the coming modules.
  3. The use of tech in Banking and financial services is the first area of focus followed by cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. I was happy to see a module on stablecoins and enterprise blockchains because that is the real future in my opinion. Stablecoins can help address the biggest drawbacks of vanilla cryptocurrencies and enterprise solutions are where the big projects are. Other FinTech topics like AI/ ML, alternative lending and innovations in payments etc. are also covered in nice chunky modules of their own.
  4. There are a 100+ videos, plus dozens of assignments, quizzes, live sessions with program leaders and enough case studies to keep you busy for quite a while. The case studies are especially nice and are always my personal favorite to sink my teeth into. You’ll look at some of the best examples of FinTech implementation in the real world.

Summary

Duration2 months
FormatFully online, pre-scheduled
LevelIntermediate to Advanced

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2. FinTech Certification from Harvard

Who is it for?

Senior business decision makers, top management, bankers, finance professionals.

Why take this course?

  1. A formal certification form Harvard is something that will add value to any CV or LinkedIn profile. It is great that opportunities like this exist today where you can get a formal certification from the world’s leading universities from the comfort of your home without having to travel half-way across the globe.
  2. This is an executive level course meant for senior management. You do get a chance to connect with fellow students so that’s a nice networking opportunity.
  3. We kick things off by learning about how the banking and payments industry is being transformed by Fintech. This is obviously how the FinTech industry started and learning about how technology is changing how we pay for things, how we view currencies and how countries are adapting to this change is a crucial first step.
  4. Next we move on to an even more interesting topic which is lending and crowdfunding. I wont go into too much detail here but rather encourage you to download the course brochure to get a sense of what is being taught at the bleeding edge of FinTech. This is followed by meaty modules on AI and machine learning and personal finance .
  5. Lastly, we look at how blockchain and cryptocurrencies are affecting finance. No Fintech course can be complete without acknowledging the role these technologies have to play and all the risks and opportunities are identified here. The last module is about governments and regulations with regards to Fintech. The dynamics that are at play between the incumbents, startups and regulators are laid bare.
  6. There is also an optional conference week where oyu can share your capstone project with your peers. I think this is a great opportunity to interact with other business leaders.

Summary

Duration6 weeks (About 8 hours per week)
FormatFully online
LevelIntermediate to Advanced

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3. FinTech: Foundations & Applications from Wharton

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in a foundational understanding of FinTech. Suitable for leaners at all skill levels.

Why take this course?

  1. Wharton is a great brand to have on your Resume. Recruiters get swamped with so many Resumes that they can only spend a few precious seconds glancing over each of them. Having a solid brand that pops and catches their attention can be hugely beneficial. This is a great opportunity for some solid personal branding while learning from the best.
  2. The courses both on the fundamental building blocks of FinTech as well as real world applications. This means you get a great combo of both theory and practice that few other courses can get right. This is a broad-based course covering core finance areas like payments lending, regulations and investments as well as newer topics like crowdfunding, AI, Insurtech, Modern Investing and so on.
  3. The course covers important aspects like use of technology for financial regulation, blockchain applications, portfolio management, payments, peer-to-peer lending, robo-advising, etc. This will provide you with a wide latitude of options in your FinTech career. Wharton has roped in real business leaders to offer insights as part of this program.
  4. You get a certificate on successful completion that can be shared on your LinkedIn profile as well. Course is suitable for beginners and is generally very highly rated. Highly recommended as a first step towards FinTech.

Summary

Duration15-20 hours
FormatFully online and on-demand
LevelBeginner

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4. Professional Certificate in Fintech: The Future of Finance from the University of Texas at Austin

Who is it for? 

Business leaders, managers, executives, bankers interested in learning about the intersection of Finance and Technology.

Why take this course?

  1. FinTech is moving at a repaid pace and the University of Texas at Austin has created this Professional Certification to help bridge the gap between actual advancement and out understanding of how they work and what they can do for our organizations. Managers and advances students will benefit equally from this professional certificate and it may even be used for some continuing education programs.
  2. The certification is divided into four modules or courses. The first course provides an excellent overview into the FinTech sector with a deep into what financial services companies do, how they create value and how emerging technologies can do that in a better way. The second course focuses on blockchain technology for business. This includes topics like cryptography, hashing, encryption & decryption, cryptocurrencies, ICO and the regulations surrounding them. You will be at the bleeding edge of the current revolution by the end of this course
  3. The last two courses focus on machine leaning, AI, Internet of Things and the use of APIs. These are by far some of my favorite topics because this is when we take FinTech to the ext. level. Ai and machine learning provide a force multiplier like nothing we have seen before in human history and the Internet of Things provides us the ability to deploy them to tens of billions of devices around the world.
  4. This professional certificate should provide value to business leaders and future leaders who want to stay at the forefront of innovations in financial technology. Some of the topics covered here are not covered in any of the other courses (I looked!) and that is what really sets it apart.

Summary

Duration80-100 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelAdvanced

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5. Digital Transformation in Financial Services from Copenhagen Business School

Who is it for?

Ideal for FinTech strategists, digital bankers and management level executives who have to develop FinTech strategies or talk about digital banking authoritatively.

Why take this course?

  1. This course focuses on the digital transformation of the traditional financial services sector. What this means is that you are looking at things form the perspective of banks and how they are transforming themselves to face the onslaught of the tech companies. I find this aspect to be quite unique and a perfect learning opportunity for fellow bankers and financial services practitioners.
  2. Scandinavia is the undisputed leader in the digital transformation of finance. They outrank everyone in terms of financial transactions and services being offered over digital channels. So this insight from Copenhagen Business School is quite welcome.
  3. More than a quarter of the course is spent on formulating your FinTech strategy which makes this course perfect for senior to mid-level executives who need this top-down insight.

Summary

Duration40 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermedaite

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6. Professional Certificate in FinTech from the University of Hong Kong

Who is it for?

Those interested in the regulatory aspect of FinTech like risks and ethics and use of blockchain.

Why take this course?

  1. The course not only focuses on FinTech sectors but also on the players like startups, BigTech firms, traditional financial institutions (like banks) and regulators.  It is actually three courses rolled into one – intro, blockchain, security/ risk aspects of FinTech.
  2. Blockchain is a major focus of this course and a lot of time is spent on understanding the technological and cryptographic components of blockchain tech. You will also look at applications and limitations of blockchain.
  3. RegTech and security is the second major focus of this course. These are some of the fastest developing fields in FinTech and I talk about them a lot in my other article. This course is a great opportunity to learn about these fields and get your foot in the door.

Summary

Duration40-50 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermediate

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7. Big Data, AI & ML in Financial Services from Alqami

Who is it for?

Best suited for Investment/ Corporate Bankers on the business side of things. And mid to senior level executives in the financial services industry.

Why take this course?

  1. The best course on the topic of AI and Machine Learning in the financial services industry. The course has been created by Alqami and Delta Capita which means you get a real world look at how AI and ML is used in the financial services industry. While there are a lot of good courses on this list, I always prefer those created by industry practitioners over academics as they give you real world insights.
  2. The curriculum covers everything at the strategic level – from data governance to framework, tools, infrastructure, privacy issues and even quantum computing! There are plenty of quizzes and even some white papers for those who prefer taking a deeper dive into some topics.
  3. My favorite part is perhaps the use cases in finance. You learn how AI and ML is used in regulatory compliance (RegTech), which is the hottest segment within FinTech right now. And also for credit scoring and robo-advisory, among others.
  4. The fact that this course is offered by an actual FinTech firm with plenty of real-world experience instead of an academic institution should give you additional punch in any shortlisting process. Remember that recruiters are looking for people who can hit the ground running on day one.

Summary

Duration10-15 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelBeginner to Intermediate

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8. FinTech Law and Policy from Duke

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in the legal and policy aspects of FinTech, compliance, regulatory environment, ICOs, FinTech lending etc.

Why take this course?

  1. Very few courses go into as much depth about the legal and regulatory aspect of FinTech technologies. Perfect for financial professionals at senior level who need to know about this, and also for legal professionals advising financial companies.
  2. The course covers legal, regulatory and policy issues associated with FinTech services like peer to peer lending, new payment methods, wealth management technologies, account aggregators, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings and so on. Quite a comprehensive package.
  3. This is one of the most unique and practically significant courses on this list. It goes into great detail on topics that are of paramount importance but are usually overlooked in introductory courses.

Summary

Duration10 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelBeginner to Intermediate

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9. Professional Certificate in FinTech for Finance and Business Leaders from ACCA

Who is it for?

Highly recommended for professional accountants in particular.

Why take this course?

  1. ACCA  or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants is the globally recognized body for professional accounts. As per surveys, a large portion of their member base sees digital skills, cybersecurity skills and machine learning skills as relevant to their profession. This course should help fill that skill gap.
  2. The program is divided into three modules with the first one focusing on machine learning for finance. You will learn how to use Python to deploy these essential time saving tools within your organization. The second module focuses on cyber security – perhaps the number one headache for any corporate leader these days. I certainly get a lot of queries from financial services firms about cyber security. This module should help you get a strong foundation in cyber security.
  3. The last module is all about robotic processes and intelligent automation in finance. The finance industry has historically been very quick to adopt new technologies. I feel that with machine learning, they have been left behind in this particular instance. That is what makes this section on automating financial processes and tasks highly relevant and highly recommended.

Summary

Duration10 hours
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelIntermediate

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10. AI for Business Leaders from Udacity

Who is it for?

Business leaders, bankers leading the AI revolution in their companies or divisions.

Why take this course?

  1. This is the AI course for investment and corporate bankers, hedge fund managers, private equity managers and even CFOs. It is not meant to teach you to code, but rather lead the AI revolution. This course gives you the tools you need to become an AI and machine learning evangelist in your organisation and become a change leader.
  2. You start with the basics and learn how algorithms work and move onto meatier topics like how learning works in AI and ML systems, the mat and architecture behind these systems, how AI processes data and so on. This course is essentially meant to get you ready for leading the change form a business perspective.
  3. You also get to work on real world project and Udacity provides you access to technical mentors to help you out if needed. There are other value added services as well like Resume/ LinkedIn profile reviews etc.

Summary

Duration4-8 weeks
FormatFully online, on-demand
LevelAdvanced

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About the Author

Gaurav Sharma

Gaurav started his finance career as an intern in Citi’s Institutional Clients Group in 2009, eventually ending up as an Associate Director at Standard Chartered Bank’s Corporate & Institutional Banking division a few years later. By 2016, he was an independent consultant helping FinTech start-ups in London with product development and launch. Gaurav also helps banks with their digital banking initiatives and advises PE & VC firms with investments in the financial services and FinTech sectors. Gaurav writes on topics ranging from EU banking regulations and tradional finance to Blockchain startups and the future of banking itself! He has an Engineering degree in Computer Science and an MBA with a double major in Finance and Marketing. He is also a Certified Financial Risk Manager.