The microfinance sector is dynamic and rapidly changing. Microfinance practitioners must be equipped with up-to-date knowledge and tools to strengthen their MFIs to be able to cope with the challenges of growth, complexity and competition.

The Certified Expert in Microfinance course is an excellent and comprehensive qualification for microfinance practitioners. It prepares you for the challenge of serving your clients in changing and increasingly competitive environments.

What we offer

  • An interactive e-learning course including video lectures, PDF scripts, examples, practical exercises, online tests and case studies.
  • A discussion forum for course related issues as well as for exchange of opinions and experiences with , tutors, peers or the FSDF e-Campus team.
  • Personalized support from your e-Campus team.
  • The possibility to achieve a Frankfurt School certificate after passing the final exam or a confirmation of course completion after completing the course.
  • An international network of institutions hosting our final exam all over the world.

Target Audience

MFI management and employees, bankers, central bankers, staff of apex institutions and students (preferably with banking and finance background) who wish to gain insights into successful MFI management.


The course takes approx. 6 months assuming 3-4 hours of self-study per week. It consists of 7 mandatory units and an elective, which build upon each other. The units need to be completed in a sequence.

Unit 2 and Unit 6 include an assignment which you will need to submit at a fixed deadline.

You are not sure if you manage to complete the course within 6 months? No worries! You can apply for a course extension (6 more months) against an administrative fee.

Tuition Fees*

Registration Date Fee
Before January 15, 2019 EUR 600
After January 15, 2019 EUR 750

Final exam fee: 50 EUR (to be paid directly to the final exam host).

Certificate fee: After passing the final exam you will receive a digital certificate. Should you wish to receive a hard copy of your certificate as well, an administrative fee of EUR 50 will be charged.


  • 10% group discount (for 2 or mre participants working for the same institution)
  • 10% for FS Alumni
  • for company package discounts, please contact us
Payment Options
  • Bank Transfer (bank fees to be covered by participants)
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal

Payment in instalments is unfortunately not possible.

*Subject to change

Registrations for the next course intake (Sept - Feb 2020) are possible from 1st of June. If you register before July 15th, 2019 you will benefit from EUR 150 early bird discount.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 14, 2019
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750 EUR
Before January/July 15: 600 EUR; after January/July 15: 750 EUR
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Certified Expert in Microfinance