The First Finance Group

Who are we?
Since its creation in 1996, the First Finance group has always been committed to offering premium and professional training courses and certifications.
To date, more than 120,000 people have been trained and 30,000 certified, in more than 50 countries, in one of the following themes: Finance-Banking-Insurance, Management and Digital Transformation.


We offer 4 format options

1. Short courses

You can choose between all types of formats: seminars, virtual classes, digital learning modules (tutored or not), Online Masterclass, whether on catalog or customized.


2. Talent Management programs

We provide around the world excellent training courses combining financial and management content, in both digital learning and face-to-face formats, for clients such as VEOLIA, DANONE, ESSILOR, SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE and UNICRÉDIT.


3. Regulatory certifications

As an official certifier on behalf of the AMF since July 2010, you can also obtain with us other certifications in the fields of Finance-Bank-Insurance: MIF2, DDA, MCD, Market Abuse, FRM, CFA, …


4. Executive Online Certificates

Since 2014, the First Finance Group has partnered with prestigious academic institutions to enable you to get certified in only 4 to 5 months in the fields of finance, corporate strategy and digital transformation and delivered by HEC Paris, Columbia Business School, Wharton University of Pennsylvania, IE Business School, ESCP Business School, emlyon executive education, CentraleSupélec Exed.


What are our Commitments

To always be at the forefront of educational innovation

Educational innovation and instructional design has been at the heart of our action since the beginning. As early as 1996, we proposed the creation of rating and risk management tools on Excel™, the use of flipped classrooms according to the tenets established by Harvard Business School, and then became pioneers in e-learning (1999), in MOOCs (2013), in Executive Online Certificates (2014), and in hybrid training (2020).


Deliver content that is 100% operational to maximize your skills’ growth

It is more important to acquire a set of skills and know-how than just getting knowledge. On the one hand, our pedagogical engineering team specializing in finance, digital transformation and soft skills masters the best possible practical applications based on hands-on work, but also on hybrid methods such as the reverse classroom. On the other hand, our trainers are all recognized practitioners.



Enable you to validate your skills with prestigious certifications and to achieve your ambitions within the international alumni network

Validating and recognizing your competencies with a certification is paramount. To date, First Finance has issued more than 25,000 regulatory certifications itself and more than 6,000 with partner schools. For example, the ICCF (International Certificate in Corporate Finance) program, offered in French, English, Spanish and Chinese by HEC Paris, Columbia Business School and IE Business School, has become the international reference in corporate finance certifications. The First Education Online Certificates alumni network is very active and will enrich you with high level exchanges.


Committed to a better society and supporting the world of culture

By digitizing presentation materials, First Finance is helping to combat deforestation.
The economic situation should not be an obstacle to training. In order to ensure that 30% of our certification programs continue to target learners from sub-Saharan Africa, First Finance, with its academic partners, offers excellence scholarships to participants from this region of the world.
Finally, First Finance is a sponsor and partner of the Villa des Compositeurs in its project for the physical and digital preservation of musical works.




Our management team

Eric Chardoillet

CEO and founder of the First Finance Group


Thierry Charpentier

Executive Partner

Learning & Certifications Services


Jean-François Figuié

Executive Partner

Business masterment


Nina Hourdin


Business masterment B2C


Patrick Séassau

Instructional design


Valérie Stanzick-Picandet


Finance & Administration


Vincent Tixier

Deputy Director

Finance & Support


Pierre Trouillet

Group General Secretary


Steeven Zouari

Executive Partner 

Business masterment B2B