Financial Systems Specialist

FSS A variety of technology applications, including Duke's enterprise SAP system, support Duke's operations, core financial processes, and the safeguarding of Duke's resources. The Financial Systems Specialist certification is designed for Duke employees for whom the use of such systems is central to the successful fulfillment of job responsibilities. This program, with a significant focus on key technology applications, will develop a highly-qualified user of Duke primary financial systems, promote broader understanding of financial responsibilities, enhance the ability to ensure financial compliance with established policies and procedures, and provide a credential recognized and respected throughout the Duke community. Please note: The program is geared towards those who currently have responsibilities related to financial administration and it not designed to be a program for those in non-financial roles to gain experience with Duke’s core financial processes and systems.

Certified employees will exit the program with enhanced skills as outlined in detail in the Outcomes Outlines. Managers throughout Duke are encouraged to use their employee-participants in value-added roles by:

  • Delegating additional work and responsibilities to the participant
  • Supporting employee growth and development from certification
  • Seeking new hires who have completed certification

Program Requirements

To achieve a Financial Systems Specialist certification, participants should allow 2-6 months to complete all course curriculums. The Financial Systems Specialist curriculum requires sequencing of courses in three groups with mandatory benchmarks at months two, four and six. The required courses/skills and groupings are as follows:


  • Introduction to SAP (online)
  • Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Microsoft Excel


Within the First Two Months:

  • Intro to Duke Accounting and Business Processes
  • Intro to Duke G/L Accounts (online)

Within the First Four Months:

  • SAP Hospital and Health System Reporting (DUHS participants only)
  • SAP University Reporting: Non-Restricted (University/School of Medicine participants only)

Within the First Six Months:

  • SAP Reconciliation and Documents
  • SAP Journal Entry (University/School of Medicine participants only)