Fintech Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I enroll for the Fintech Certificate program?

To enroll for the Fintech Certificate, you must create an account on Academia Central. To create an account, click the register button and then confirm that account through the email confirmation. You will then be able to enroll in the certificate. Get more information on how to create an account on Academia Central.  

How do I tell if I am registered for the Fintech Certificate program?

Registrants should receive a confirmation message about 15 minutes after completing the registration form.  That – and additional emails – will be sent from the domain. Please add it to any safe senders lists to avoid issues with junk and spam filters.

academiacentral Account

I confirmed my AcademiaCentral account, but it shows that I am in the audit track.  Will I receive the certificate?

Yes.  It does not matter if you are in an audit track. All participants who score at least 70 percent on all eight quizzes will receive the certificate.  The "audit track" notation does not matter.

I am having trouble setting my password for the AcademiaCentral program.

There can be several reasons why you might be having trouble.

  1. There was a typo or error in the email address when you registered on
  2. You have inserted a space in your public username field.
  3. The automated activation email message was caught by your spam filter. 
  4. Your email provider might have blocked the automated email message.

Here's what you can do:

  • Check your spam or junk mail folder for an email from  Add to your email contacts or approved senders list.
  • Remove any spaces in your public username.
  • Try registering again with the same email address. If the account already exists, you'll see an error indicating that there is a duplicate email address.
  • From the log in page, click "Need Help Signing In? and then click "Forgot my password." The password reset message will activate your account.

Content/Program Elements

When does the program begin?

The program begins on April 1, 2024. After completing the registration process, each program participant will receive a reminder email prior to the April 1 start date. 

Will there be homework or pre-reading? Will I need to access or buy any textbooks?

No, however some presenters may provide optional reading materials for a particular module.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to register or take this course?

No. While the program involves some subject matter that is relevant to the business world, a business education background is not required. Many course concepts will, of course, be more relevant with a basic understanding of technology and business practices.

Is course content captioned?

Yes, all lectures and interviews include automatic captioning.  Additionally, transcripts are available on the AcademiaCentral platform.

Where can I find the recorded sessions or links to content shared during a module?

Recorded content is available on for each module where registered participants can access links to any resources the faculty member or other presenters shared.

How do I access the quizzes and what if I fail a module quiz?

Quizzes are administered via AcademiaCentral and participants have an unlimited number of attempts to earn the 70 percent passing grade (once a score of 70 percent is earned, there is no need to take it again). Participants are encouraged to re-watch content from that module before taking the quiz again.

Can this certificate and/or any of its modules count toward Continuing Professional Education Credits for licenses or accreditation programs? Can it count toward a degree program or offer Continuing Education credits?

Modules do not count toward any degree-seeking program at USF.  CPE credit is a question that should be presented to organizations such as the Institute of Management Accountants, the CFP Board, or similar organizations.

Are the Fintech certificate/modules applicable to a degree?

No. As a non-credit training program, it will not apply toward any degree programs. However, there are several current and upcoming USF degree programs that can be explored, such as the MS in Finance, MS in Fintech, and BS in Fintech.


How will I know if I have earned the certificate? Will there be a final exam or similar testing?

There will be a multiple choice quiz after each module. Participants must score 70 percent or higher on each module quiz to earn the certificate. There is no final program exam. Program participants have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each module quiz.

When should I expect to receive my certificate?

Once all the 8 quizzes have been passed, please proceed to fill out the “Apply for your certificate” form and you will receive your e-certificate within 10 days.

How can I connect with a presenter in the program?

Presenters, faculty and guest speaker contact info will be shared on the website, provided the speakers are open to such outreach.

Claiming Your Certificate

I passed all of the quizzes but didn't see the certificate after I took the last quiz.

Once all eight quizzes are completed, an invitation to accept the certificate will be sent by USF's Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education.  Kindly add to any safe sender lists to avoid any issues with spam filters. Participants should check their junk and spam folders for it; those who cannot find it can reach out to for assistance.

I don't see the certificate on AcademiaCentral. Where do I get it?

Participants who earn the certificate will receive an email inviting them to accept the credentials.

Will USF send me a printed copy of my certificate?

USF will not print certificates, but participants are welcome to download and print their own certificate once received via email.

How do I put the certificate on my social media accounts?

After downloading the certificate PDF, participants can share it on a social media post.