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Introduction to Corporate Treasury

Gain insights into the role of treasury in the financial world with the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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Introduction to Corporate Treasury

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  • 4 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore treasury in action and learn the process of money management

Treasury is the financial heart of a commercial organisation, dealing with critical decisions that affect the success of the business.

On this four-week course, you’ll be introduced to the global world of treasury and the main factors that impact treasury decisions. You’ll examine the key drivers of treasury activity including accounting, tax, and regulation, learning how the role of a treasurer works within an organisation and the wider economic environment.

Examine financial and management accounts

Through considered actions and activities, treasurers can add value to an organisation and drive business success.

You’ll delve into the world of accounting and discover how treasury can impact reported financial performance.

Learning about financial statements, measures of revenue, costs, and profits, and reporting on a company’s financial performance, you’ll be able to identify the importance of a treasurer in communicating with stakeholders and delivering meaningful insights.

Demystify corporate tax and financial regulation

A key role of treasury is managing tax matters and cash flow, and protecting them from the costly and damaging effects of tax mismanagement.

You’ll learn about corporate tax planning, taxable profit, and operational procedures within tax management, ensuring you can adhere to the legal tax rules and regulations of corporate business.

Learn from the experts in treasury

Setting the global benchmark for treasury excellence around the world, the ACT is the authentic voice of the treasury profession representing the interests of the real economy.

By the end of this course, you’ll have gained a thorough overview of treasury and its role in corporate business and economics, equipping you to kickstart a financial career using these sought-after insights.


  • Week 1

    The treasurer’s world

    • Introduction

      In Activity 1, we introduce you to the ACT and treasury and what to expect in Week 1.

    • The treasury business

      You will learn more about the role of the treasurer, understanding the organisation and maximising shareholder wealth. You will also hear from a treasurer on their journey into treasury.

    • Financial markets and trade

      We don’t like cutting out the middle person, but here you will learn more on financial markets, foreign exchange, trade and the economic environment.

    • The business cycle

      In the final activity of the week, we introduce you to recession and recovery, how the business evolves and sustainability. Again, we hear from a practicing treasurer on their experience of their role.

  • Week 2

    The secrets of accounting

    • Introduction to Week 2

      In Activity 1 we are going to introduce you to how treasurers manage their accountancy responsibilities, specifically looking at accounting rules and financial management accounts.

    • Financial management accounts

      The following steps will give you an understanding of financial statements and positions. You will learn about the measurement of revenue, costs and profit, including EBITDA.

    • Ratio analysis

      What is ratio analysis? In the following steps, we will take you through the ratio journey. Understanding analysis, performance ratios, debt, liquidity, gearing and leverage as well as looking how it impacts financial statements

    • The role of the treasurer

      Here you will discuss the impact of external borrowing on treasury. The role of the treasurer continues and you will check your understanding of accounting.

  • Week 3

    The myths of tax

    • Introduction to Week 3

      In Activity 1 we introduce you to the week, find out what you know about tax and introduce you to tax and reputation management.

    • Tax and regulation

      In this activity we take you through tax and the cost to the business, taxable profit, tax compliance and anti-avoidance and how it fits with treasury.

    • Corporate tax planning

      In the following steps we focus on tax planning, the basics of corporate tax, tax avoidance and evasion, operational procedures and tax savings.

    • Tax reflections

      By now your knowledge of tax has been enhanced, and here we take a look back on this through discussion and reflection.

  • Week 4

    Regulation meets treasury

    • Introduction to Week 4

      In Activity 1 we introduce you to the week, and focus on what you know about financial regulation.

    • Financial regulation and the law

      Financial regulation is a key area. In this step you will learn how financial regulation and law work hand in hand, as well as understanding offences, compliances and sanctions.

    • Financial regulation and operational procedures

      Other areas of regulation include insolvency, liquidation, EMIR, Dodd-Frank and European market infrastructure. We will look more closely at these in the following steps.

    • Financial regulations summary

      One key area of regulation is anti-money laundering, also known as AML. The next series of steps provide an insight into AML. We finish off with a leading treasurer providing insight on their career.

    • The final assessment and what comes next

      Congratulations, this is the final activity of this course. We look back at what has been taught, invite you to take your final assessment and guide you on your next steps.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the environment in which a treasury professional works
  • Describe the relationship between accountancy and treasury
  • Describe the relationship between tax and treasury
  • Describe how regulations affect the treasurer

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with a beginner’s interest in treasury, tax, regulation, and accounting.

It is particularly beneficial for those considering a career in corporate business or their associated financial organisations such as banks and other financial institutions.

Who will you learn with?

Director of Awarding Body at the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

Responsible for developing treasury and cash management qualifications and our FutureLearn courses.

Who developed the course?

The Association of Corporate Treasurers

The Association of Corporate Treasurers, the only professional treasury body with a Royal Charter, sets the global benchmark for treasury excellence through internationally recognised qualifications.

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