The Futures School offers professional development programs that equip participants for certification in Natural Foresight® – a practical and proven approach to applying Strategic Foresight in organizational and personal contexts.
Professional Certification in Natural Foresight is endorsed by the Global Foresight Advisory Council (GFAC), an international group of visionaries that are redefining their industries and intrinsically guided by an innate futurist mindset.
Driving business results with foresight.
A Certified Foresight Practitioner is trained in the foundational ideas and tools of the Natural Foresight framework, embodies the futurist mindset and understands the value of futures intelligence in his/her respective field. A CFP is able to conduct trendspotting, horizon scanning and pattern-making that informs future scenarios and impacts business results.
(Starting Fall 2020)
Transferring foundational foresight knowledge to others.
A Certified Foresight Trainer must show mastery of the cadence, structure and terminology that is needed to effectively communicate Natural Foresight principles. He/She has successfully demonstrated the ability to integrate foresight into his/her profession or field. A Trainer is able to guide others through the process and successfully transfer foundational Strategic Foresight knowledge.
(Starting Spring 2020)
Generating transformation through foresight.
A Certified Foresight Influencer has extensive knowledge of the tools and methods within Natural Foresight, including advanced concepts. A CFI will have published works or otherwise established him/herself as a thought leader in the use of foresight in his/her respective profession. An Influencer is able to generate tangible organizational support and transformation through the implementation of robust futures work.
Certified Foresight Vanguard
(Starting Fall 2020)
Building unique pathways to aspirational futures.
A Certified Foresight Vanguard is a trailblazer in the effective use of foresight across domains. An expert in the methodology and application of Natural Foresight, a CFV has successfully demonstrated the ability to “hack” existing tools and/or create novel futuring approaches. A Vanguard uncovers new solutions to long-standing problems, building unique pathways to aspirational futures.
“As an executive charged with business innovation, strategy and development on a global stage, the biggest challenge I face is finding professionals who are equipped to see where we need to be in the future and build a road map to get us there. The Professional Foresight Certification ensures that my team has the skills, credentials and expertise necessary to guide our organization and industry toward the transformational opportunities on the horizon.”
Benefits from a TFS Professional Foresight Certification:
Certifying the Future – Read more on the value certification provides to the field of Strategic Foresight
Visibility and credibility. Demonstrate that you have achieved the highest levels of rigor in your applied foresight practice with the only professional certification underwritten by a global advisory council of practicing foresight professionals.
Open the door to more opportunities for career advancement. Reach not only your short-term job goals, but position yourself for success in your long-term career with a globally applicable and sought-after skillset.
Connect with a strong network of foresight-certified peers. Earning a professional foresight credential plugs you into a prestigious community of like-minded individuals for ongoing support.
Set yourself apart. TFS certified professionals pass a rigorous assessment and commit to ongoing development and recertification.
The Global Foresight Advisory Council supports The Futures School’s mission of ethically democratizing the future around the world. In addition to offering mentorship and guidance, the Council also serves as the accrediting body for The Futures School Professional Foresight Certification programs.
This international group of visionaries are redefining their industries, intrinsically guided by an innate futurist mindset. As multidisciplinary luminaries they are uniquely positioned to guide and expand this mission into the future with the right balance of practical experience and provocative thinking.
“As the Chief Impact Officer at XPRIZE, I lead the foresight work that helps our partners map the emerging landscape to identify challenges, uncover opportunities, and spot breakthrough innovations for transformative change. As a member of the Global Foresight Advisory Council that endorses the Professional Foresight Certification, I can expand my ability to democratize the future, empowering individuals that wouldn’t normally interact with our organization with the skills and certification needed to create the future right where they are!”
Natural Foresight® Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)
The Futures School Professional Foresight Certification (TFS PFC) exams are created using the Natural Foresight® Body of Competency and Knowledge, included in The Guide to the Natural Foresight® Framework (the Guide). This resource outlines the responsibilities of and knowledge needed by today’s foresight professional in the specific topic. It was also developed to support anyone desiring to strengthen their foundational knowledge of foresight and/or for those seeking any level of accreditation within the Professional Foresight Certification pathway.
The major content areas, or domains, of the BoCK include:
TECHNICAL: Discover, Explore, Map, and Create
BEHAVIORAL: Sense, Mesh, and Transform
IMPACT: Strategy, Innovation, Change, and Career
Click here to download a free copy of The Guide, inclusive of the BoCK.
Additionally, click here for the 2019 – 2020 Natural Foresight® BoCK Revisions and Additions Bulletin. This document is critical for current Professional Foresight Certification holders and TFS/Kedge Alumni who have completed training in Natural Foresight® prior to October 2019.
Professional Foresight Certification FAQs
What is the difference between a certificate of completion and certification?
A certificate of completion indicates that an individual gained knowledge by finishing a course or a series of courses. Training programs offered by The Futures School (i.e. Applied Foresight Accelerator and Wicked Opportunities) provide a certificate of completion.
However, certification is a more rigorous and valuable achievement where individuals apply for and receive a credential. To earn such a designation, there are education and experience requirements alongside successfully passing an assessment. Certification also requires a practitioner that earns the credential to recertify, ensuring continuous learning and development in the field. Professional Foresight Certification includes four levels of certification. All levels adhere to a common Body of Competency and Knowledge and require an application, eligibility review, assessment, and recertification.
What is Professional Foresight Certification?
The Futures School™ offers various levels of Professional Foresight Certification in the Natural Foresight® Framework – a proven approach to applying Strategic Foresight in organizational and personal contexts. Certification is backed by the Global Foresight Advisory Council, an international group of visionaries, redefining their industries and guided by an innate futurist mindset. Learn more here.
Is Professional Foresight Certification accredited?
The Professional Certification in Natural Foresight® is endorsed by the Global Foresight Advisory Council (GFAC), an international group of visionaries who are redefining their industries, intrinsically guided by an innate futurist mindset. Learn more about the GFAC here.
How many certification levels are available in the Professional Foresight Certification pathway?
How often do you update the Body of Competency and Knowledge and/or the exams?
The Body of Competency and Knowledge and the respective exams are continuously reviewed to address if substantial revisions are required.