Certified Reporting Professional - Studium München

Certified Reporting Professional

Reporting is one of the central tasks in controlling. Data must be provided promptly, reports must be clear and user friendly. In the course you will obtain the know-how to skip inefficient processes and design perception-optimized management reports. Essential is the professional mastery of the "reporting tool" Microsoft Excel.

Key Facts
Certified Reporting Professional

September 29 - November 10, 2020
Program Fee
9 Days 4.090 Euro, 7 Days 3.790 Euro
Extra-occupational training

Course Objectives

When completing the program Certified Reporting Professional

  • you master the requirements for content, design and processes of effective reporting;
  • know the main formulas and functions of Microsoft Excel which are important for the creation of business reports,
  • will have acquired at least basic knowledge of macro-programming to further increase efficiency in reporting,
  • will be able to design perception-optimized graphics and dashboards.

and Course Contents

The comprehensive program Certified Reporting Professional can be adjusted to your situation thanks to two options:

Option 1: You can choose the nine-day program with the option “Professional Visualization with Excel” which will take place in a conference hotel for two days. In total, your personalized workshop will comprise of 9 days of face-to-face training. 

Option 2: The other option is to choose the online course “Interactive Excel Dashboards” which is an online training conducted in English. The contents are taught in individual study packs by videos, scripts, case studies etc. and can be completed in self-study accompanying the program. The total duration of the webcasts is about 10 hours. In addition, there will be an online Q&A session with our trainer Leila Gharani. This option comprises of 7 days face-to-face training and you will have access to online training.

To convey the contents, the following didactic methods are used by experienced lecturers from practice:

  • Creation of perception-optimized graphics and dashboards,
  • Learn about the requirements of effective reporting,
  • Obtain knowledge in macro-programming,
  • Realize an increase in efficiency in reporting,
  • Work with formulas and functions of Microsoft Excel.

Certified Reporting Professional – Modules

Excel Advanced (29.09. - 30.09.2020)


In this course you acquire the specific usage of Excel 2016 in economics which will assist your work as a controller. You learn to make the most out of the extensive functions of the program and thereby simplify your work processes significantly.

Structure and Contents:

  • Assign and consolidate big amounts of data
  • Import and export of data in Excel for controlling
  • Using the Goal Seek, the Scenario Manager and the Solver to make efficient decisions
  • Management Information Design - master creating ambitious charts 
  • Functions for financial mathematics
  • Use of text functions
  • Creation and analysis of more complex Excel formulas
  • Track down formula errors
  • Sparklines - small charts with huge impact
  • Dynamic Charts
  • Matrix functions: the third dimension of Excel formulas
  • Data tables
  • Web queries

Trainer: Patrick Schwarzl, MSc MIB, PACEup

Individual Module Price: 1,290 Euro

Data modeling and Visualization with Power BI (08.10. - 09.10.2020)


In this course you will learn to use Microsoft Power BI for data modeling, determination of key figures, interactive visualization and for mobile dashboarding. Learn how Power BI can be used for the spontaneous visualization of distribution and HR data and how potential foreknowledge of Excel Power Query and Excel Power Pivot can be used intensively and even expanded. The acquired knowledge can then be applied to numerous other areas of your daily controlling practice.

Structure and Contents:

Part 1: Introduction

  • What is BI Power and what components does it consist of?
  • How can BI Power be compared to Excel, Power Query, Power Pivot and SQL Server?

Part 2: Basics of analytic data modeling

  • Import of fact and dimension tables and assignment with the integrated data model
  • Adding hierarchies and business logic
  • Discussion: Flat Table vs. Star Scheme vs. Advanced Data Modeling

Part 3: Introduction to DAX formula expression language

  • DAX formula syntax and application in Measures, Columns and Tables
  • Measures for business key performance indicators (DB quota, revenues per customer etc.), time intelligence functions (year-to-date, change in prior period etc.) and iterations (highest daily revenue etc.)
  • Understanding concepts of Filter Context and Row Context

Part 4: Visualization with Power BI

  • Basic visualizations with bar and column charts, filled maps, tree maps and tables/matrix.
  • Interactive analysis with Cross-Filter, Slicer, Drilldown and Drillthrough
  • In-depth use of Headcount Reporting, P&L Reporting, Actual/Plan Variance etc.
  • Dynamic Visualizations with Bookmarks and Measures
  • Best-practices of layout, color scheme, grids, visual composition and mobile view

Trainer: Patrick Schwarzl, MSc MIB, PACEup

Individual Module Price: 1,590 Euro

State-of-the-Art-Reporting (09.11. - 10.11.2020)


State-of-the-art reporting is characterized by the right visualization of decision-relevant information and key performance indicators. It also consists of professional design and of a system that technically supports the processes. In this seminar you will learn about empirically sustained principles of perception-optimized reporting design. You will implement these principles in case studies in Excel. Based on this, you will discover how to develop and implement optimal solutions for your own business.

Structure and Contents:

  • Basics of reporting and controlling with key performance indicators
  • Contents and messages of effective reports
  • Reporting Design - Edit and communicate information in a simple, clear and standardized way
  • How eye tracking helps to measurably increase efficiency and effectiveness of reports and information dashboards
  • Basics of perception-optimized reporting design for charts, tables and information dashboards
  • Business-specific design and implementation of perception-optimized reporting
    • Standardizing vs. individualization of reporting
    • Development of a reporting-design guideline
    • Examples for implementation and testimonials from optimization projects
  • Professional process design in reporting
  • Final case study

Best-practice Report: Ing. Mag. Josef Eitzenberger, MSc, Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG State-of-the-Art-Reporting in the group of companies

Trainer: Conny Walchshofer, MSc, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Individual Module Price: 1,590 Euro

Reporting Power Camp (17.12.2020)


Based on the knowledge acquired in this course you will be able to implement your new knowledge in your own project in your company. You create your report “masterpiece” and submit it as your final project of the course. The jury of the controller institute consists of practitioners and researchers. You receive feedback, tips and further coaching.

Structure and Contents:


  • You create a sample report based on your acquired technical and conceptual knowledge from the seminar. Thereby you can further develop already existing reports of your company or create a new one.
  • The report is submitted prior to the Power Camp to the jury of the Controller Institute.

Presentation and discussion

  • You present your “masterpiece” on site to the jury members. You receive detailed feedback and tips for further improvement.


  • You benefit from extensive feedback and a look “from a different perspective”.
  • Experts are available to you for technical sparring and to support you with numerous tips and tricks.
  • You create a report that is evaluated and can be implemented in your company immediately.

Trainer: FH-Prof. Dr. Christoph Eisl, University of applied sciences Upper Austria, Campus Steyr, Patrick Schwarzl, MSc MIB, PACEup

Elective Group A (please choose one elective)

Elective: Excel with VBA (19.10.2020)


You are an advanced user of Excel and want to standardize time-consuming, repetitive steps by using Visual Basic for Application (VBA)? VBA is easy to use, efficient, minimizes the error rate and can be adapted for your personal use. The software development of Excel gives you the opportunity to automatize your workflow without any programming knowledge - and we support you with it.

Structure and Contents:

  • Application and performance of macros
  • Create macros by using a macro recorder
  • Macro security
  • Identify macro errors by targeted testing
  • Tools to unlock existing macros
  • Create smart and simple macros by using loops
  • Implement macros in control elements
  • Tab “developer tools” - access to macro commands
  • Ways to run macros
  • Testing in single step mode - discover macro errors
  • Work with macro comments
  • Realize your own menus with macros

Trainer: Mag. Andreas Übl, Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Individual Module Price: 990 Euro

Elective: Excel with VBA Advanced (20.10.2020)

You have already gained experience with Excel macros and want to specify the application of VBA? In this seminar you will learn how to minimize time-consuming routine tasks with multiline macros: from automated report creation to implementation of your own formulas in Excel, from the integration of different files to saving your macros. Thus, you are able to create an overview, improve your work structure and expand the functionality of Excel.

Structure and Contents:

  • Overview of the basics of macros
  • Automatically create, print and save excel files for various users
  • Use of your personal macro worksheet for frequently used macros
  • Create buttons and assign macros
  • Create fast and reliable processes for data imports
  • Tailored sort and filter functions
  • Clear design of macros with "For-Next-Loops”  
  • Easier adjustment of macros by using constants
  • Create dynamic macros by using variables
  • Navigate protected Excel files by using macros
  • Control charts with macros
  • Create your own functions to display key performance indicators and frequently used formulas
  • Create overview cockpits with macros and buttons

Trainer: Mag. Andreas Übl, Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Individual Module Price: 990 Euro

Elective Group B (please choose one elective)

Elective: Professional Visualization with Excel (28.10. - 29.10.2020)


Visualize the most important business indicators in a compact form to obtain a clear overview and transparency and thus effective reports. In this course you will learn how to conduct graphical analyses and how to display contents clearly with Excel 2016. Creative tips and tricks help you to efficiently and effectively solve challenging visualization tasks.

Structure and Contents: 

  • Overview of chart types and elements in Excel
  • Prepare data for charts - the most important functions
  • Recognizing data trends by using charts
    • Bar, column and line charts
    • Dot plot and bubble charts
    • Waterfall, treemap, sunburst, boxplot charts
    • Useful combinations
  • Use of symbols in charts
  • Dynamic color changes in charts
  • Conditional formatting for chart visualization of critical data
  • Actual/Plan Variance Chart
    • Highlighting, overlapping and transparency
    • Conditional color changes of the x axis
    • Bullet charts as alternatives
  • Charts that will surprise you:
    • Panel charts - create multiple-chart pages
    • Pivot charts with slicers
    • Gantt charts for your project planning
  • Geography to visualize KPIs per location
  • Outlook on visualization with Excel 2019

Trainer: Conny Walchshofer, Johannes Kepler University Linz

Individual Module Price: 1,590 Euro

Elective: Interactive Excel Dashboards


By using interactive dashboards you can fast and easily filter and compress relevant data from various data sources. You can also visualize and analyze this data interactively on screen. In this seminar you will acquire how to create interactive dashboards in Excel without VBA. That is using advanced functions that enable you to use dashboards dynamically. You will leave the seminar with your own digital dashboard. Please note: This course is conducted as an online training in English. The contents are taught in individual study packs by videos, scripts, case studies etc. and can be completed in self-study. The total duration of the webcasts is about 10 hours.

Rules for dashboard design

  • Simple rules for effective dashboards
  • Preparation of data and connection with other sources

The most important Excel functions for dashboards

  • Definition of dynamic areas for data and charts
  • Complex links and hierarchy
  • Dynamic headers

Use of form controls for interactivity

  • Transposing fields, dropdowns & radio button
  • Dynamic operation of charts

Display contents to the point

  • Tips for professional visualization of charts (overlapping, color changes, exact positioning of annotations)
  • Symbols in formulas and charts
  • Use of conditional formatting Additional dashboard tips

Please note: This online course is conducted in English.

Trainer: Leila Gharani, MA, Xelplus

Individual Module Price: 490 Euro

“I can unreservedly recommend this seminar to everyone striving to build state-of-the-art reporting or to further develop it. The combination of a practically oriented seminar and the latest scientific findings led to a significant increase in my know-how. Now I am able to create state-of-the-art reports independently thanks to the contents taught by excellent and highly-skilled guest lecturers.”

Toney Rai, MSc, Treasury & Controlling, Bausparkasse (Erste Group); Absolvent Certified Reporting Professional

Target Group and Participants

The course “Certified Reporting Professional” is aimed at specialists and managers who are interested in fundamental technical contents to implement reporting in their company and want to provide relevant information effectively by means of perception-optimized design. 

MBS offers this course in cooperation with the Vienna Controller Institute. For more than 35 years, Controller Institut has been a market-leading educational partner for business administration and management development in companies, non-profit organizations and public administration with a focus on controlling, accounting, corporate finance as well as strategy and leadership. With its three service components - training and further education, community and knowledge network - the Controller Institute offers a unique and powerful approach to learning and competence development. Every year, more than 3,000 participants take part in the Controller Institute's training and executive education programs.

Your Trainer

Leila Gharani, MA

Xelplus, Consultant & Trainer


FH-Prof. Dr. Christoph Eisl (Lehrgangsleiter)

Fachhochschule OÖ, Campus Steyr, Professor für Controlling


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