Every financial modeler in the middle-market knows the drill:

You're handed a busted model with incomplete data, and yet you’re expected to build a financial forecast that dictates the course of the entire company.

Perhaps you've never built a balance sheet from scratch, or you find yourself modeling financial structures you're not familiar with.

There’s no 10K, earnings calls, or templates you can use.

You’re on your own.

(no pressure)

As an added bonus, there's no access to market data and your boss is surely out-of-office.

I've been there.

I'll never forget when the Managing Partner told me, "Chris, on Monday, you need to prepare a recommendation on whether or not to move forward with this deal."

(it was Friday afternoon)

I was so overwhelmed I literally froze.

To be honest, I was an Excel whiz, but quickly realized I was not prepared to build a financial model from scratch.

Here’s what stressed me out, tell me if this sounds painfully familiar:

Incomplete Data: If I was lucky, maybe I’d get access to historical financial data.

Unfamiliar Financial Structures: The harsh realization that I had no idea how to make my Balance Sheet balance.

 Self-Made Assumptions: You mean, I need to just make this stuff up?  In “big corporate” I was usually told what to do.

 Fear of Errors: Was my model even right?  I wasn’t sure what to check for.

 Decision-Making Pressure: Who was I to tell the team what to do?

 Stressful All-Nighters: Cranking late at night with little-to-no guidance and tight deadlines.

I know I went through “training” at some point, but it definitely wasn’t helping me now (and no one cared that I could use VLOOKUP).

This middle-market stuff was just too detailed.

After years of getting absolutely crushed balancing the demands of Private Equity while simultaneously managing FP&A functions for several portfolio companies, learning tough lessons, and stressing to meet tight deadlines, I decided no one else should have to experience that feeling.

So, I created Financial Modeling Education because I was fed up with generic instruction that didn’t teach me anything I could actually use on the job.

With Financial Modeling Education, you'll be able to:

Master Incomplete Data: Transform limited and poorly-formatted data into comprehensive Three Statement Models and accurate 13 Week Cash Forecasts.

Balance Sheet Proficiency: Learn how to make the Balance Sheet balance every time (no more plugging).

Assumption Documentation: Build a process for creating and documenting your assumptions.

Error Elimination: Learn error consolidation techniques to ensure your models are accurate and reliable.

Make Confident Recommendations: Learn how to communicate your findings with recommendations you can defend.

No More All-Nighters: Learn this stuff once and re-use it in the future.

Featured by prestigious institutions like Wharton Online Certificate Programs, Wall Street Prep, and LinkedIn Learning, Financial Modeling Education gets rid of the generic instruction and cliché business jargon to equip you with the skills and confidence to build accurate Financial Models once and for all.

Are you ready to transform your approach and become the go-to expert at your company (just like I did)?

Let’s ensure you never face another night filled with dread (or weekend stuck at the office).

In just one week, you will master essential financial modeling techniques, boost your confidence, enhance your credibility, and equip you with real financial models you can use immediately.

Based on real-life experiences in Private Equity and FP&A, read on to discover how Financial Modeling Education can transform your approach to financial modeling, step-by-step...


Casey Brown

"I recently completed the Financial Modeling Education course, and I am extremely impressed.

I'm no stranger to financial modeling, having worked in investment banking and strategic planning/FP&A, but Chris' course is probably the most comprehensive one I've completed, including CFI FMVA and WSP FP&A.

While the others are definitely a good place to learn a higher level view, Chris' course gets deep into the details of how to do something, while also explaining the "why" behind it, and then zooming out to that high level view to explain how it all fits into the broader picture.

I thought I had a decent understanding of PE beforehand, but this really pushed my understanding of not only the theoretical ideas of behind deal structuring and terms, but also the technical skills needed to be able to reflect them in a dynamic and robust financial model."


— Casey Brown, FP&A & Strategic Finance

James Ford

"Even as a seasoned financial professional (IB + Corp. Dev) with a variety of modeling experience and a graduate degree in finance, I found myself furiously jotting notes and having "a-ha" moments that will stay with me throughout my career."


— James Ford, Manager Corporate Development

Oana Labes

"Chris has a unique ability to humanize financial modelling and make this complex topic easy to follow and even easier to understand.

The pace of his course is excellent and his explanations are clear. Throughout the video he offers numerous great tips and insights to help you build confidence as you learn how to put together the 3 statement model.

I've learned more from his course than from countless free YouTube Videos and several paid big name courses.  If you're wondering whether to buy the course, don't hesitate. You'll be glad you bought it. Strongly recommend. "


— Oana Labes, MBA, CPA, Founder of Financiario

What You Get in Financial Modeling Education

Five on-demand courses
(access never expires)

Basic Three Statement Modeling

(45-minute video)

You’ll learn to master the core structure of a Three Statement model, the most crucial element of financial modeling. This includes a breakdown of how to interpret the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Statement of Cash Flows, Working Capital, Capital Expenditures, and Debt.
5 simple steps to a 3 statement model

Complete FP&A Operating Model

(60-minute video + Excel template)

This downloadable template makes it easy to put your understanding of the Three Statement model to use, while the video shows you how to apply it to your models. Built by month, this complete FP&A Operating Model includes the Three Statements, all Support Schedules, Summaries, and Error Checking. Use it as a powerful reference guide or edit as you see fit.
advanced three statement model template

13 Week Cash Flow Template

(60-minute video + Excel template)

This template and accompanying videos show you how to build a cash flow forecast using the direct method, which can be used to manage the day-to-day cash at your company.
13 week cash flow template

Financial Modeling for Private Equity

(13-hour video simulation)

This simulation is designed to show you how to thrive when working in Private Equity. It starts with a real phone call from a Managing Partner. Then, together we build an LBO Model brick-by-brick and ultimately make a recommendation on whether or not to move forward with the deal. After completing this simulation, you’ll have the modeling skills you need for a successful career in Private Equity or FP&A.
Financial Modeling for Private Equity

FME+ Resource Library

(Case studies, Excel templates, videos, and guides)

This final collection of Financial Modeling Education resources is your own personal study hall. Packed with case studies, downloadable templates, guides, and my most valuable finance content, it gives you what you need to practice and hone your skills.
fme plus continuing education

"This is probably one of the best courses I have taken online. I encourage any finance professional to enroll in this course even if you aren't specifically interested in PE.

This course simulates real life situations that you will experience as a finance professional. You will learn forecasting methods, advanced excel formulas, modeling best practices and more.

I have years of experience in FP&A and have my CPA and I cannot stress how valuable this course was for me. I will use and reference the model I built with this course going forward."


— Gregory Massi, FP&A

There's Bonus Content Too...

  • One-Page Dashboard

    Used with all my middle-market clients, automatically calculates variance analysis by month, year-to-date, last 12 months, and year-end outlook. Add it to any model you're working on.

  • Ultimate Guide to Financial Modeling

    107 pages (with font size you can actually read) that walks through best practices, modeling structures, data analysis, shortcuts, & more! Not just canned copy/paste from Microsoft -- this my best stuff, my IP, that I use with companies around the world.

  • Quiz & Interview Guide

    Test your knowledge and preparation. Do you have what it takes? This 60+ page guide helps you test yourself on key concepts and terms and provides tips to excel in an interview (I've been there!).

Executive Summary

  • Five On-Demand Courses (access never expires)

  • +Additional Bonus Content

  • 🏷️100% Money Back Guarantee no strings attached

  • Self-study videos broken down into digestible chunks

  • Downloadable Excel files along the way in case you get stuck

  • New updates when they are released (for free)

  • Discussion board for every video (just post a comment)

  • Direct email support with Chris (I actually reply to emails)

  • Completion Certificates

You Literally Have Nothing To Lose

I’m sure you can see how Financial Modeling Education will help you.


You still might be nervous about buying it or not sure it’s for you.

That’s cool - I get it.

I have no interest in taking money from anyone who doesn’t receive value in return so I’d like to remove any risk for you.

If you purchase and for any reason don’t feel it was helpful, I’ll be happy to give you a 100% refund, no strings attached.

So you’ve literally got nothing to lose.

To make it even easier for you to purchase…

I’ll help you get your company to buy it for you!

Here’s an email template you can use to ask your company to purchase it for you.

(NOTE: If you’re interested in Financial Aid, you can apply here.)

Ready To Build More Accurate Models?

Hit the button below to purchase Financial Modeling Education, and you’ll get immediate access (that never expires).

You can start using it today to build more accurate models and communicate your recommendations with more confidence.

Thanks for your interest!


p.s. - If you have any questions about any of this, please don’t hesitate to email me.

I’m always happy to help a fellow modeler!

"As an analyst just over a year into the job, this resource has been an absolute game-changer."


— Tishan Jayasekera, Private Equity Associate

David Lewis Review

"I found your private equity modeling course so thorough and helpful. Probably the best course on modeling I’ve taken."


— David Lewis, Independent Sponsor

"The template and training is fantastic.  Chris walks through each section thoroughly and makes a complex topic easy to understand.  He also shares best practices like circularity break and error checking that are critical to formulating a top tier model. Look forward to more courses from Chris!"


— Vito Cadamuro CPA, CGA, Finance Executive

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which package is right for me?

The default package is the "Courses Only" option which includes all five courses plus bonus content.  This package is best for professionals who want a holistic education into FP&A and Private Equity modeling and how the two blend together, ultimately setting you up to being a strategic business partner.

The "Courses + Coaching" package is great for someone who wants to take extra time and talk to me directly.  Most often we'll talk about the courses themselves, a project you're working on, or building a one-person business (the time is yours to talk about what you'd like).

Q: What should I know beforehand?

You should have a general understanding of Finance and Accounting topics as well as proficiency with Excel.

We'll teach some awesome Excel tricks and shortcuts along the way, but overall I'd say the courses are geared towards an intermediate+ audience.

If you're a true beginner with Excel or Finance, these courses probably aren't for you.

Q: Who are you and why should I listen to you?

I'm Chris Reilly, and I'm the creator of Financial Modeling Education.

Maybe you "know me" a little from LinkedIn, but by and large I'm just some stranger on the Internet.  I get it, and that's a tough sell.

There's more in my "About Me" section below but here's the short story: 15+ years of experience in Consulting, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship.

Today, my work has been featured by the Wharton Online Private Equity Certificate Program, Wall Street Prep, LinkedIn Learning, FTI Consulting, and mentioned on Business Insider, Thinkific, and the Financial Modeling World Cup.

You don't have to listen to me at all, but if you're willing to take a chance, I'm really good at this stuff and know I can help you improve your skills.

Q: Does the Private Equity course make sense for someone who works in FP&A?

Yes!  A common misconception is that FP&A and PE are separate disciplines, but in reality Private Equity and FP&A are deeply intertwined.

You can't be good at PE unless you know how to build FP&A forecasts, and if you work in FP&A you need to understand how the capital markets work if you want to be a strategic business partner (your company will likely acquire another company or be approached by PE at some point in your career).

Q: Do you offer CPE credit?

Unfortunately not yet!  But I'm working on it.

Q: Does access expire?

No. You get unlimited, lifetime access.  Start and stop completely on your timeline.  You can always revisit the content as your career progresses.

Q: Can't this be done with AI?

In a word: No.  While AI, like GPT-4, can analyze financial statements and predict earnings, it can't fully replace human expertise in financial modeling.  AI tools provide valuable insights and automate tasks, but they can't reliably produce comprehensive models without human oversight.

In addition, several AI companies have approached me to use my models for training, highlighting AI's current limitations.

A recent survey shows 90% of people still believe financial models need human involvement for accuracy and reliability.  See the results below:

My courses provide the essential skills and human insight needed to build robust financial models that AI alone cannot achieve.

Q: Can't I find a lot of this on YouTube for free?

Yeah, maybe.  But you've got to think about the time it would take and the credibility of what you find.  The whole point of paying for a course is that you know you're getting accurate and complete information.

Q: Do you offer financial aid?

Definitely.  I know that price can be a concern for people and also that purchasing power is different all around the world.  If you'd like to be considered for financial aid, just fill out your details here (open to everyone).

Q: What if I don't like it or it's not for me?

I offer a 100% Moneyback guarantee and there's no catch.  I doubt that will be the case (as you'll see from the reviews below), but if not just let me know and there's no hard feelings.

About Me


I’m Chris Reilly, the creator of Financial Modeling Education, and I know exactly how you feel.

I built my first financial model in 2009 and was every bit as overwhelmed, frustrated, and uncertain as you are today (I still remember the all-nighters).

But over the course of my 15-year career in Corporate Finance, Consulting, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship, I went on to build models for FP&A and Private Equity teams around the world.

From the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy to middle-market private equity, I've seen some crazy financial models over the years, honed my skills, and developed my own unique system.

That system - and the financial modeling expertise I developed - have been recognized and featured by Wharton Online Certificate Programs, Wall Street Prep, and LinkedIn Learning.

And now…

I’ve put everything I know - including my exact approach and Excel templates - into this Financial Modeling Education course to help you.

I don't like to brag, but I'm proud of these accomplishments.  Read below to see where my work has been featured 👇

Where My Work Has Been Featured

Wharton online Wall Street prepMy courses have been featured in several Wharton Online Certificate Programs and Wall Street Prep Masterclasses.

FTI Consulting

In 2021 I was asked to completely rebuild the new hire training for FTI Consulting, Inc.  FTI is a Fortune 1,000 company and one of the leading Management Consulting Firms in the world.

Business Insider

My story of leaving Private Equity to become a Solopreneur and Financial Modeling Instructor was featured on Business Insider.

Linkedin Learning

With over 100,000 followers and one of the leading voices on Financial Modeling, I partnered with LinkedIn Learning to develop a Three Statement FP&A Operating Model Course.


My courses were voted as one of the 10 Best Finance Courses for 2023 alongside brand names like the Corporate Finance Institute, Harvard Business School, BankersHub, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

financial modeing world cup

I was voted as one of the Top 10 Finance and Excel Influencers on LinkedIn by the Financial Modeling World Cup, which hosts a leading collection of Financial Modeling and Excel Esports Competitions.

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"I have taken several modeling courses, this one is the best. Logical, concise and useful."


— Cole Lambert, Financial Analyst

"Amazing. Thank you so much for the course. I enjoyed it and learnt a great deal that will immediately help me at work."


— Jamila Ali

"A master class which is incredibly pedagogical and top quality. I highly recommend!!!"


— Patrick Daguet, Senior Professor

"This template and course did what I was attempting to do from scratch - combine all of the best "best practices" for 3 statement model building - into one straightforward model. Also added is the confidence that this model has been used for years in the Private Equity space and if it is good enough for PE firms and banks, it will be good enough for me and my clients. All of Chris' courses are underpriced for the value they provide."


— Alexander Little, Fractional CFO

"You won't regret buying this course. Chris has a great teaching style that breaks everything down into it's simplest form."


— Abdul Said M Kamara, Finance & Accounting

"This course is a great way to get working knowledge of financial models. Chris has a good speaking and teaching style which keeps me interested. Highly recommended!"


— Robert Maciejewski, FP&A Manager

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Alexander Little

"I was looking for a simple, yet effective financial model that could forecast the 3 financial statements and this course not only gave me a template for that, but taught me step by step how to build it from scratch. It also explained the meaning behind each number presented so any non-financial users could clearly understand what was going on. Exactly what I needed!"


— Alexander Little, Fractional CFO

Nathan Alkema

"The condensed layout of the modeling has a great look to it and allows for an easy way of communicating to others the "how" behind the forecasts. I found the step by step process incredibly helpful in simplifying the buildout and improving my ability to link the 3 statements together. Definitely worth the price!"


— Nathan Alkema, MBA, Finance & Accounting

Paul Barnhurt review

"All Chris' lessons are very well explained, he's a master of what he's saying and you can notice not only by his professionality and quality of models, but most of all from the way he can easily simplify hard topics."


— Giorgio Gragnani

A journey within private equity

"Best money ever spent.  LBO modeling classes don't get any better than this one right here. The model goes beyond in depth, and Chris delivers incredible insight as to how an actual PE professional thinks and analyzes real life deals (probably because unlike most other LBO class instructors, Chris has actual industry experience). Not to mention, if you actually need help or can't figure something out, Chris is available to step in and help. This course is an incredible find and worth every penny."


— Ryan Joiner

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"I had the pleasure of going through your course and have learned a ton. We plan to implement the monthly model you put together as a way to analyze our deals moving forward."


— Associate, Mid-Market Private Equity Firm

"I finally understand what I am doing now.  I am prepping for PE interviews; when I looked at some old, real interview modeling tests a colleague sent me, I laughed because those tests seem so simplistic in comparison."


— JS, Private Equity Interviewee

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"This course is fantastic and has the precise level of complexity to keep everything interesting while still challenging one's knowledge and Excel skills. The creator has done a wonderful job of creating bite-size nuggets of information for maximum understanding."


— Willie Costa, FP&A

"If you have been introduced to LBO modeling this will take you to the next level."


— Joshua Himan, Certified Valuation Analyst

"I wish I took this course years earlier, could have saved good amount of time and struggle. Thank you!"


— Elena Skaritanov, CFO

Joathan Iglesias review

"I am really impressed by the quality of the content and the instructor's teaching style. The course was well-structured and easy to follow, with each lesson building upon the previous one to provide a comprehensive overview of the field. The instructor is knowledgeable and engaging, and provided helpful examples and real-world applications to illustrate key concepts. Overall, I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about valuation modeling."


— Jonathan Iglesias

Conor Hickey review

"My greatest takeaway and one of the true value drivers of the class is how to create a model that is friendly to the end users who can easily understand exactly what the model is accomplishing and how."


— Conor Hickey, CFO

Tishan Jayasekera review

"I'm convinced that this course gave me the impetus to change my mindset to a more entrepreneurial one. I'd recommend this course to anyone of my peers without hesitation."


— Tishan Jayasekera, Private Equity Associate

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Taylor Kenworthy review

"This course is incredibly thorough yet simple simultaneously. Chris does an excellent job simplifying the complex, inner workings of 3-statement modeling."


— Taylor Kenworthy, Finance

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Jason Phillips review

"Can't say I've run through a course with such ease and understanding before! Chris breaks this down in the way it should be. Keep creating courses, Chris!


— Jason Phillips