Senior Credit Analyst
Commercial Business Underwriting

Provide courses necessary to equip a professional - who completes all Learning Path courses and tests - with the credit skills necessary to underwrite a commercial business loan request, without assistance or guidance, based on an assessment of available hard and soft data.

As a reminder, the underwriting process entails properly identifying:

  • The borrowing causes.
  • The cash sources of debt service.
  • The risks associated with each cash source of debt service.
  • The relevant risk mitigants.

Resolution of these issues, in turn, determines loan structure.

A comprehensive understanding of the proper use and application of cash flow statements and cash flow proxies in the credit decision process is critical for successful completion of the Learning Path and its associated certification. In addition, professionals pursuing this position must demonstrate mastery in using federal income tax returns for ratio and cash flow analysis.

Cost Summary
  • Courses: 25
  • Member Connections: 21
  • Non-Member Price: $5,250
Coursework Path
Step 1: Credit College Series on Cash Flow Statements and Cash Flow Proxies
Step 3: Quick Hits on Federal Tax Returns Issues
Step 4: Selected Specialty Lending Webinars

The Credit College on Cash Flow Statements and Cash Flow Proxies explores in detail the use and limitations of cash flow statements - the UCA cash flow statement and the FASB 95 statement of cash flows - and cash flow proxies - traditional "cash flow" and EBITDA - in assessing the past and projected financial position and risk profile of a borrower. It builds on, complements, and significantly extends the cash flow techniques explored in the Learning Path coursework for a Credit Analyst.

The six Webinars address such critical analytical issues as the relationship between cash flow and working capital, the structure and use of global cash flow, the relationship between debt capacity and cash flow, complex financial statements and the appropriate cash flow structure, and the use of covenants to control cash outflows from a borrower to its owners or partners.

The eight Quick Hits on federal tax returns provide a status check on a professional's knowledge of the use of federal income tax returns in properly computing and assessing borrower performance ratios, cash flow proxies, and cash flow statements.

  • A Quick Hit falls into the micro learning category. To complete this 30 minute exercise, a participant accesses a Quick Hit via login and password information, reviews the brief two or three page document, and completes a five question online review quiz, which is immediately scored and returned.

A cumulative review quiz score of 80% or higher for the eight Quick Hits indicates sufficient mastery of the material to forego the eight session live or recorded Credit College on Using Federal Tax Returns for Ratio and Cash Flow Analysis. This Credit College is a required course in the Learning Path for a Credit Analyst. Therefore, if a professional fails to achieve the 80% mastery level, he or should seriously consider taking, or re-taking, the course.

The specialty lending Webinars introduce and explore the analysis of contractors, medical practices, not for profit organizations, municipalities, and hospitals for those who wish to enhance their skills in assessing borrower risk for business operations in these sectors. However, to gain full benefit from the specialty lending Webinars, professionals on this Learning Path must first master the UCA cash flow statement and the use and application of federal tax returns in assessing borrower risk.

Testing / Certification

Every Quick Hit and Webinar includes an online, multiple choice review quiz. Every session in a Credit College Series includes an online, multiple choice review quiz. Every Credit College Series includes an online, multiple choice progress check or final exam.

The online tests are optional. However, we strongly encourage participants to take advantage of these critical mechanisms for reinforcing the key points addressed and explained in every Quick Hit, Webinar, Credit College Session, and Credit College Series.