Certified Blockchain Financial Analyst

Certified Blockchain Financial Analyst

Certified Blockchain Financial Analyst

Discover New Financial Frontiers: Become a Certified Blockchain Financial Analyst

Enter the realm of cutting-edge finance with our Certified Blockchain Financial Analyst Career Track. This program brings to focus the revolutionary integration of blockchain in the finance sector. From Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and DeFi fundamentals, to the essentials of tokenomics and key management, this immersive curriculum promises a comprehensive understanding of blockchain’s transformation of financial systems.

In addition to live instructor-led workshops, engaging AMA sessions, and certification exams, the program offers ten curated courses with specialized courses to uniquely equip you to navigate the nascent, yet rapidly evolving financial structures birthed by blockchain technology. Upon completion, you will be well-prepared to lead digital innovation in traditional financial institutions or to shape the future in a blockchain-centric financial entity.

Courses in this Certificate Program

  • 57 Total Hours
  • OnDemand: 41 Hours
  • LIVE Instructor: 16 Hours
  • Tuition: $1,495
Courses in this ProgramHours Delivery Method
Student Orientation1 Hour LIVE Online (optional)
LIVE Instructor AMA - bi-monthly1 Hour + LIVE Online (optional)
Web3 Foundations3 Hour OnDemand - Instructor Supported
Blockchain Foundations6 Hours OnDemand - Instructor Supported
Blockchain and Bitcoin Intensive6 Hours OnDemand - Instructor Supported
AI Essentials3 Hours LIVE Online
EXAM VOUCHER - Web3 Foundations Level 1 Certification1 HourAI Proctored Online Exam
Blockchain for Finance 4 Hours OnDemand - Instructor Supported
CBDC Essentials4 Hours LIVE Online
Fundamentals of DeFi & Primitives3 Hours LIVE Online
Key Management4 Hours OnDemand - Instructor Supported
Tokenomic Essentials3 HoursLIVE Online
Blockchain Enterprise Strategy15 Hours OnDemand - Instructor Supported
Blockchain Enterprise Strategy LIVE Workshop3 HoursLIVE Online
EXAM VOUCHER - Blockchain Financial Analyst Level 2 Certification2 HoursAI Proctored Online Exam

Upcoming LIVE Instruction Dates

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Blockchain for Finacnce Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this intensive program, participants will be able to:

Comprehensive understanding of blockchain technology’s impact on the financial sector.

Proficiency in the understanding and application of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).

Capability to strategize, develop, and manage blockchain-based financial systems.

Understanding of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and ability to leverage its principles for financial innovation.

Deep knowledge of tokenomics and its role in shaping the economy of blockchain-based systems.

Skills to manage keys in a blockchain setting effectively, ensuring the security of financial transactions.

Knowledge of the opportunities and challenges presented by blockchain in creating more efficient and inclusive financial systems.

Understanding of the transformation process for traditional financial institutions adapting to blockchain technology.

Awareness of the regulatory and compliance considerations in the use of blockchain in finance.

The ability to apply the principles of blockchain enterprise strategy within the context of the financial sector.

Certificate of Completion

Two Certifications from the Web3 Certification Board (W3CB)

Web3 Foundations Level 1 Certification

Blockchain Financial Analyst Level 2 Certification


No prior blockchain or computer programming experience required. Recommended: Prior experience in the Financial Sector, or existing students and recent graduates of Finance, Accounting and Business are well suited for this course.

Target Audience

The specific job titles benefiting from this program include CFO, Treasurer, VP of Procurement, VP of Corporate Development, VP of Payroll, Purchasing Manager, Risk Manager, Financial Analysts, Credit Analyst, Economist, Project Managers, researchers, marketing, sales, and aspiring financing professionals.

Questions Explored

  • How is blockchain technology revolutionizing the finance sector?
  • What are Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), and how are they expected to impact traditional financial systems?
  • How can blockchain enhance security and transparency in financial transactions?
  • What are the principles behind Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and how can they be used to create new financial services?
  • How does tokenomics influence the value and function of digital currencies?
  • How is key management essential in ensuring the security and integrity of financial transactions on the blockchain?
  • How does blockchain enable more efficient and inclusive financial systems?
  • How are traditional financial institutions adapting to the rise of blockchain technology?
  • What are the regulatory and compliance considerations in the integration of blockchain in finance?
  • How can you apply blockchain enterprise strategy within the realm of finance?

Program Content

Web3 Foundations Course

Module 1: Understanding what Web3 is

  • Overview of Web3 features and architecture
  • The history of Web1 and Web2
  • Characteristics of Web3
  • Decentralization
  • Terminology

Module 2: Why Web3

  • Data is the New Oil
  • Why Web3 Matters
  • The Purpose of Web3
  • The flow of Talent to Web3
  • The transfer of Value from Web2 to Web3

Module 3: Web3 and the Metaverse

  • What is the Metaverse
  • Technologies of the Metaverse

Module 4: Blockchain Fundamentals

  • Blockchain is Not Bitcoin
  • Blockchain Definitions
  • History of Blockchain
  • Properties of Blockchain
  • 10 Key Concepts of Blockchain
  • How does Blockchain Work?
  • Consensus Types
  • Mining and Verification
  • Smart Contracts

Module 5: Understanding DeFi

  • What is DeFi
  • DeFi vs Traditional Finance
  • DeFi Activities
  • DeFi Risks

Module 6: Challenges, Risks and Ethics of Web3

  • Advantages of Web3
  • Challenges of Web3
  • Speed of Web3

Module 7: What comes after Web3?

  • What is Web3
  • Is there a Web4 and what is it
  • Is there a Web5

Blockchain Foundations Course

Module 1: Blockchain Background and Basics

  • Blockchain History
  • How Blockchain Works
  • What are the Properties of a Blockchain?

Module 2: Different Types of Blockchains

  • Private vs. Public Blockchains
  • Permissioned vs. Permissionless
  • Public vs. Private vs Hybrid Discussion

Module 3: Consensus

  • Consensus Mechanisms
  • Consensus Protocols – 14 examples

Module 4: Cryptography and Hashing

  • Machine/Mathematical Cryptography
  • Hash Function Properties

Module 5: Smart Contracts

  • Intensive Smart Contracts
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart Contracts
  • Blockchain Oracles

Module 6: Blockchain Wallets

Module 7: Pros and Cons

Module 8: Public Blockchain-Based Applications

Module 9: Blockchain and Crypto Regulation

  • Regulatory Opportunity and Challenges
  • Global Regulations
  • Regulatory View of Bitcoin

Module 10: Regulatory Reporting

Module 11: Distributed Autonomous Organizations

  • The DAO – Distributed Autonomous Organization
  • The DAO Attack – Legal and Other Issues

Module 12: Blockchain Today

Module 13: The Trilemma

Blockchain & Bitcoin Intensive Course

Module 1: Bitcoin Overview

  • Bitcoin and Cryptography Overview
  • Bitcoin Software & Hardware

Module 2: Technical Limitations & Mining Introduction

  • Technical Bitcoin Limitations
  • Bitcoin & The Lightning Network
  • Bitcoin Scripting & Mining

Module 3: Mining

  • Bitcoin Mining & Incentives
  • Technical Bitcoin Limitations (Part 2)

Module 4: Bitcoin vs Protocols 2.0, 3.0, 4.0…etc.

  • Blockchain V1 to Blockchain V2
  • Ethereum Clients, EVM & Solidity
  • Ether, Gas & Consensus Algorithms
  • BigChainDb, Tendermint & Hyperledger

Module 5: The New Database

Module 6: Payments, Voting and other Use Cases

  • Payments, Remittances & Identity
  • Voting, Trade Finance & Land
  • Blockchain & Ethereum Use Cases

Module 7: What’s next?

  • Preparing Your Firm For Blockchain
  • Evaluating Blockchain
  • The DAO & Blockchain Adoption

AI Essentials

Module 0: Introduction

  • A brief overview of AI and blockchain in plain language
  • Potential benefits of combining technologies

Module 1: AI Concepts

  • Key AI concepts like machine learning without jargon
  • Focus on real-world examples and applications

Module 2: Blockchain Basics

  • A high-level look at how blockchain works
  • Transparency benefits

Module 3: Use Cases

  • Examples of AI and blockchain applications (see Use Case link)
  • Benefits to consumers and industries

Module 4: Ethical Considerations

  • Data privacy, security, and other ethical aspects
  • Emphasize the importance of ethics in technology development

Module 5: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Challenges like bias in AI and the adoption of blockchain
  • Future opportunities and impact on society

Module 6: The Future

  • Where AI and blockchain are heading
  • Potential impact on jobs, businesses, and daily life

Module 7: Key Takeaways

  • Main points about AI, blockchain, and their promise
  • A look at a more transparent and empowered future

Blockchain for Finance

Module 1: Blockchain Introduction

  • The Origins of Blockchain

Module 2: Blockchain Overview

  • Public vs. Hybrid vs. Private
  • Blockchain Properties
  • Blockchain Security

Module 3: Opportunities

  • Opportunities in the Financial Services Sector
  • Disruption & Disintermediation

Module 4: Exchanges and Central Banks

Module 5: Regulation

  • Blockchain Regulation
  • Compliance & Legal Issues

Module 6: Prepare for what’s next

CBDC Essentials

Module 1 – Introduction to CBDCs

  • Definition and overview of CBDCs
  • History and evolution of money
  • Types of CBDCs: wholesale vs. retail, 
  • Types of CBDCs: account-based vs. token-based
  • Wholesale vs. Retail CBDC
  • Account-based vs Token-based CBDC
  • Advantages and disadvantages of CBDCs
  • Differences between CBDC’s and Stablecoins
  • Digital Money Alternatives
  • Sovereign vs. Non-sovereign Money

Module 2 – Motivations for issuing CBDCs

  • Financial inclusion and access to digital payments
  • Enhancing the efficiency of domestic payment systems
  • Macroeconomic stabilization and monetary policy implementation

Module 3 – CBDC Deployment Models

  • Central bank-issued CBDCs: governance, issuance, and distribution
  • Decentralized CBDCs: blockchain-based models and technologies
  • Hybrid CBDCs: combining central bank oversight with decentralized technologies

Module 4 – Technical considerations for CBDC design

  • Digital Currency Infrastructure
  • Digital Currency Cryptography
  • Digital Currency Interoperability
  • Digital Currency User Experience
  • Technical Considerations for a Legal and Regulatory Framework

Module 5 – CBDC Use Cases

  • Cross-border payments and remittances
  • Financial inclusion and access to Finance
  • Digital Identity and Verification
  • Supply Chain Management

Module 6 – CBDC Implementation and Deployment

  • Case-studies of CBDC Projects and Pilots
  • User adoption and acceptance of CBDCs
  • Adoption of Bitcoin as Legal Tender
  • Lessons Learned from these Pilot Projects

Module 7 – CBDC Legal and Regulatory Frameworks

  • International standards and guidelines for CBDCs
  • Legal Frameworks for CBDC Issuance and Use
  • Regulatory considerations for CBDCs

Module 8 – Ethical and social implications of CBDCs

  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Inequality
  • Employment
  • Financial Stability
  • The Chinese CBDC

Module 9 – Future developments and open questions in CBDC research

  • Ongoing research and experimentation with CBDCs
  • Possible future directions for CBDC development and adoption

Module 10 – CBDCs and the Future of Money

  • Impact of CBDCs on the traditional financial system
  • Potential implications for monetary policy and financial stability
  • Ethical and societal considerations of CBDCs

Fundamentals of DeFi & Primitive Course

Module 1: Introduction to Digital Primitives in DeFi

  • Overview of DeFi and its current state
  • Introduction to digital primitives and their role in DeFi
  • What are specific digital primitives in DeFi
  • What digital primitives are used in Lending and Borrowing
  • What are the 4 primary primitives of DeFi
  • Overview of key DeFi protocols and their uses

Module 2: Ethereum and Smart Contracts

  • Overview of Ethereum and its role in DeFi
  • Introduction to smart contracts 
  • Smart Contracts and their use cases in DeFi

Module 3: Tokens and Token Standards

  • Overview of different token standards, such as ERC-20 and ERC-721
  • Use cases for tokens in DeFi, including stablecoins and security tokens

Module 4: Decentralized Exchanges

  • Overview of decentralized exchanges 
  • Decentralized exchanges and their advantages over centralized exchanges
  • Disadvantages of decentralized exchanges
  • Trading Risks of decentralized exchanges
  • Regulatory and Compliance Risks

Module 5: Lending and Borrowing

  • Overview of decentralized lending and borrowing protocols
  • Top 5 decentralized lending and borrowing protocols
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of each

Module 6: Advanced Topics in DeFi

  • Overview of more advanced DeFi protocols and use cases, such as yield farming and prediction markets
  • Discussion of current challenges and future developments in DeFi

Key Management

Module 1: Key Management Overview

  • Introduction to Key Management
  • Public Key Cryptography

Module 2: Key Generation

Module 3: Key Management and Storage

Module 4: Risks

  • Risks of Poor Private Key Security
  • Third-Party Key Storage

Enterprise Blockchain Strategy Course

Module 1: Basics of Blockchain Part 1

Module 2: Basics of Blockchain Part 2

Module 3: Understanding Smart Contracts

Module 4: Blockchain Security / Risk

Module 5: Understanding ICO’s and Cryptocurrencies

Module 6: DAO (Distributed Autonomous Organizations)

Module 7: Use case examples of how blockchains are being used today

Module 8: Blockchain Use case Solution Workshop

Module 9: Blockchain Pros and Cons

Module 10: Barriers to Adoption

Module 11: How to prepare your firm for blockchain;

Module 12: Regulatory Impact on Blockchain

Module 13: What does Blockchain Future Look Like?

Module 14: Leading in a Technological Disruptive Market

Program Info

  • Dates: Rolling Enrollment
  • Location: OnDemand & LIVE Online
  • Tuition: $1,495
  • Tuition Assistance
  • 57 Total Hours
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Additional Information

  • Module Quizzes and Knowledge Checks
  • Guest Lectures & Networking
  • Student Orientation
  • LIVE Online Instructor AMAs
  • LIVE Workshops

Certification Competencies

The material covered in this course contributes to 100% of the Focus Areas as defined in the Web3 Certification Association (W3CB) Exam Competencies for two AI Proctored Exams.

Level 1 Web3 Foundations Certification

Level 2 Blockchain Financial Analyst Certification

Advanced Certification Track


  • AI Essentials
  • Web3 Foundations
  • Blockchain Foundations
  • Blockchain & Bitcoin Intensive
  • Exam Voucher: W3CB Web3 Foundations Level 1 Certification
  • Blockchain Development Decision
  • Key Management
  • Blockchain Enterprise Strategy
  • Fundamentals of DeFi & Primitives
  • Non-fungible Token Essentials
  • Tokenomic Essentials
  • Understanding L1 and L2 Blockchains
  • Exam Voucher: W3CB Blockchain Enterprise Advocate Level 2 Certification
  • Introduction to DevOps
  • Information Security and Cyber Risk Awareness
  • Risk Management for Blockchain-Based Technology Companies
  • Data Protection Regulation: GDPR, CPRA/CCPA
  • OFAC Compliance Essentials
  • Introduction to Blockchain Scrum Master
  • Blockchain Architecture 101
  • Blockchain Architecture 201
  • Exam Voucher: W3CB Blockchain Enterprise Professional Level 3 Certification

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