Professional Certification

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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.

CERTIFICATION LEVELS

Certified Foresight Practitioner

(Available Winter 2019)
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.

Certified Foresight Trainer

(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.

Certified Foresight Influencer

(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.”

Lori Heino-Royer

Director, Daimler Trucks North America

Benefits from a TFS Professional Foresight Certification:

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

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.

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“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!”

Zenia Tata

Chief Impact Officer, XPRIZE

Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK)

The Futures School Professional Foresight Certification (TFS PFC) exams are created using a Body of Competency and Knowledge format, which outlines the responsibilities of and knowledge needed by today’s foresight professional in the specific topic.

The major content areas, or domains, of the TFS PFC Body of Competency and Knowledge are:
TECHNICAL: Discover, Explore, Map, and Create
BEHAVIORAL: Sense, Mesh, and Transform
IMPACT: Strategy, Innovation, Change, and Career

Certified Foresight Practitioner Eligibility

A non-refundable application process is in place to determine eligibility to sit for the CFP assessment. The Futures School and Kedge Alumni are best positioned to successfully pass the assessment based on their immersive training experience in the Natural Foresight® framework. However, anyone is encouraged to apply if they meet the three required eligibility factors below.

Eligibility Factors Considered:

  • Completion of a 4-year degree OR a minimum of 2 years of professional experience (required)
  • Completion of a foresight training program including and in addition to The Futures School or Kedge programming. (required)
  • Explanation of purpose for pursuing professional foresight certification. (required)
  • Membership in a professional foresight (or related) association: APF, WFS, WFSF, PRIMER/Speculative Futures, IDC and more. (preferred)

Certified Foresight Practitioner Exam

What’s on the exam?

  • 50-question online multiple choice assessment covering the fundamentals of Natural Foresight®
  • Exam must be completed individually in one sitting during a 60-minute time frame
  • An 80% or higher is required to successfully pass the exam
  • Pass/Fail result will show at the conclusion of the exam 

How do I prepare?

  • Immersive Training (recommended): Attend The Futures School’s 3-Day Applied Foresight Accelerator. See program options here.
  • Self-Study: This option is available starting with the second testing window. Accepted applicants will receive a study aid, “The Guide to the Natural Foresight® Framework.” The Guide was developed to support anyone desiring to strengthen their foundational knowledge of foresight. For those seeking any level of accreditation within the Professional Foresight Certification designation, the Guide will serve as a resource to supplement your formal training.

Testing Window and 
Application Due Dates

  • December 1 – February 15 (Apps accepted until December 15) – only available to TFS Alumni 
  • May 1 – July 15 (Apps accepted until May 15) 
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How do I become a Certified Foresight Practitioner?

STEP 1

Complete either the TFS Alumni or General online Certified Foresight Practitioner application by the due dates indicated above for your desired testing window. A non-refundable $50* processing fee will be due at the time of submission. 

*If you are an alumni of a TFS program prior to May 2019 and are applying to sit for the assessment during the first testing window (Dec 2019 – Feb 2020), you’re application fee is waived.

STEP 2

Starting in October 2019, TFS will schedule an interview with you if your application has been accepted.

STEP 3

Successful candidates will be notified and provided with a link to pay and register for assessment. The study aid, “The Guide to the Natural Foresight® Framework.” will be available in October 2019 and provided in a digital format. A physical copy may be requested with applicable shipping charges.

What if I’m not accepted?
If your application is not accepted, we will send you information on how to re-apply.

STEP 4

Once the certification window opens, candidates have one attempt to score at least an 80% on the exam. Successful candidates will receive their signed certificate along with digital credentials for use online.

What if I fail the assessment? If you don’t score an 80% or better, you will need to re-apply when the certification window re-opens.

“Attending training through The Futures School and obtaining the Certified Foresight Practitioner designation has proven to be a game-changer for me in my role as a professor and educator. On a professional level, certification has enabled me to anticipate challenges and seize opportunities in accordance with the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and the Future’s UAE Future Foresight Strategy. On a personal level, this credential not only establishes me as a foresight practitioner within my organization but helps me to prepare my students for the new careers of the 21st Century.”

Hussien Alwedyan

Associate Professor, Higher Colleges of Technology

Certified Foresight Practitioner Recertification

Professional Development Requirements to Remain Credentialed and Build Your Futures Capacity

Two Options to Remain Credentialed 

1.Earn 30 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) before your 3-year certification period expires.
2.Retake the Certified Foresight Practitioner assessment before your 3-year certification period expires.

 

PDC Option Requirements 

  • Contact The Futures School to receive the recertification application and remit the $250 recertification fee/application prior to your certification expiration date.
  • Review the max allotments for approved recertification methods.
  • Submit a recertification package (using designated templates) prior to the end of the certification term. Individual forms and/or a recertification packet without payment will not be accepted.
  • Prior to pursuing, gain approval or seek further clarification from The Futures School regarding qualified programs, offerings, or content as well as the number of PDCs awarded.

 

Advance Your Foresight Knowledge
No Overall PDC Maximum
Advance the Application of Foresight to Your Profession
No Overall PDC Maximum
Advanced/Additional TFS Programming, including but not limited to:
PDCs will equal the number of educational hours in the program Applied
  • Foresight Accelerator (15 PDCs)
  • Wicked Opportunities® (5-15 PDCs)
  • Foresight Integration Training (5-15 PDCs)
  • Futures Intelligence (5-15 PDCs)
  • Kedge or The Futures School Webinars (1 PDC per webinar hour)
  • Preparation for the Certified Foresight Influencer (15 PDCs)

 

test Public Speaking
24 PDCs max – 8 hours per presentation, 3 presentations max Must gain pre-approval before from The Futures School before pursuing this optiond
  • Create and deliver a presentation that integrates foresight into your expertise.
  • Participants of The Future Speaks program will also receive these credits.
Approved Strategic Foresight Training Programs:
15 PDCs max – see below for program specifics
  • Institute for the Future Foresight Practitioner Training (5-15 PDCs, dependent on 1,2, 3-day event)
  • University of Houston's Certificate in Foresight 5-day program (15 PDCs)
  • School of International Futures Five-Day Retreat (15 PDCs)
  • Other programs must be pre-approved by The Futures School in advance of attendance.
Writing/Research/Publication
20 PDCs max – see below for specifics
  • Write a 500+ word blog post/article integrating foresight into your expertise and publish on a third-party site. Or, contact The Futures School for publication on its blog through The Future Writes program. (5 PDCs for each piece)
  • Conduct primary foresight research that may or may not become published in a journal. (20 PDCs max dependent on the rigor of the research)
  • Participate in the Association of Professional Futurists Emerging Fellows Program (20 PDCs)
Conferences/Learning Events/Seminars:
10 PDCs max – each session attendance/recap counts for 2 PDCs
  • Focus Areas: Foresight, Emerging Issues, Trends, Future of a field, Unconscious Bias, Narrative/Story, Design/Design Thinking, Innovative Strategy, Systems Thinking, and Beyond
  • Summarize connection between the conference content and foresight.
  • Approved conferences include PRIMER, Speculative Futures, World Futures Society, International Design Conferences, Association for Professional Futurists events, Association for Strategic Planning Conference, Society for Human Resource Management Conferences, Association for Change Management Professionals Conference, Association for Talent Development Conference, and Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Conference.
  • Other conferences must be pre-approved by The Futures School in advance of attendance.
Organizational Foresight Project
25 PDCs max
Must gain pre-approval from The Futures School before pursuing this option PDCs will be determined based on the project details
  • Engage in a work-related project that embeds elements of the Natural Foresight® Framework and toolkit.
College/University Courses:
15 PDCs max – must have a strong connection to foresight and be pre-approved by The Futures School
Professional Membership
5 PDCs max – 2.5 PDCs per association membership
  • Approved memberships include: Association for Professional Futurists, World Future Society, and World Futures Studies Federation.

Certified Foresight Influencer Designation

30 PDCs, recertification fee waived - must apply, gain acceptance, and complete
all requirements prior to the expiration of your CFP designation

Certified Foresight Practitioner 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?

The certification pathway includes Certified Foresight Practitioner, Certified Foresight Influencer, Certified Foresight Trainer, and Certified Foresight Vanguard.

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.

What is the CFP pass rate?

Candidates must score an 80% or higher to earn the CFP designation. Given the recent public launch of the Certified Foresight Practitioner, pass rates are not yet available.

How do I determine if I am eligible to apply for the CFP assessment?

Specific eligibility requirements can be found on the website and within the certification application. If you have questions about whether your qualifications meet these requirements, please contact The Futures School.

Eligibility factors considered include:

  • Completion of a 4-year degree OR a minimum of 2 years of professional experience (required)
  • Completion of a foresight training program including and in addition to The Futures School or Kedge programming. (required)
  • Explanation of purpose for pursuing professional foresight certification. (required)
  • Membership in a professional foresight (or related) association: APF, WFS, WFSF, PRIMER/Speculative Futures, IDC and more. (preferred)
Is the Certified Foresight Practitioner a prerequisite to higher levels of certification?

Yes, successfully achieving the Certified Foresight Practitioner designation is a requirement to sit for the Certified Foresight Influencer designation.

How do I apply for the CFP assessment?

Complete either the TFS Alumni or General online Certified Foresight Practitioner application by the due dates indicated on TFS’s certification page for your desired testing window. A non-refundable $50 processing fee will be due at the time of submission.

I’ve applied to sit for the CFP. What can I except during the interview process?

The purpose of the interview is for the TFS team to determine eligibility. You will be asked to provide additional details regarding your foresight experience, education, and acumen level. The interviewer may also ask for clarification regarding information submitted on your application. In addition, the interview process allows applicants to pose any outstanding questions they may have regarding the certification process.  

When approved to sit for the CFP certification, what materials are included?

The Guide to the Natural Foresight® Framework is provided electronically as the study material for those sitting for certification. A physical copy of the Guide is available upon request for additional shipping fees. The Guide will serve as a resource to supplement formal training.

Is the Guide content the same regardless of TFS alumni or general applicant?

Yes, regardless of application type you will receive “The Guide to the Natural Foresight® Framework (Guide).” Those individuals who have received training from The Futures Schools 3-Day Applied Foresight Accelerator and use the Guide will be best prepared to successfully pass the CFP assessment.

When I gain approval to sit for the CFP during a specific testing window, when can I take the assessment?

When your testing window opens (December 1 – February 15 or May 1 – July 15), you will receive information on how to access the online Learning Management System. Candidates may take the test at any point during the testing window via this platform. However, only one attempt is allowed and it must be completed in one sitting.

How long do I have to take the exam? How many questions is it?

Candidates will have 60 minutes to complete the 50-question examination.

Do TFS Alumni receive discounts on certification fees?

Individuals who have attended TFS programming are eligible for reduced assessment fees.

I’m attending TFS Applied Foresight Accelerator. Are the CFP assessment fees included in my program tuition?

Assessment fees are not included in tuition fees for any TFS program.

Can I transfer my exam to the next testing window?

Candidates will be allowed a one-time transfer which must be for the next subsequent exam window.

Can I cancel my exam? What is the refund policy?

Examination fees are non-refundable. Candidates will be allowed a one-time transfer which must be for the next subsequent exam window.

How do I maintain my credential?

The Certified Foresight Practitioner designation remains valid for a 3-year period. Candidates have two options to remain credentialed:

  • Earn 30 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) before the 3-year certification period expires and pay the $250 recertification fee.
  • Retake the Certified Foresight Practitioner assessment prior to the end of the certification expiration date.
I have been awarded my designation. When will I receive my certificate?

Please allow 2-4 weeks of processing and shipping time to receive your physical credentials. Digital badges are issued within 2 weeks of the successful completion of the Certified Foresight Practitioner assessment.

Do I receive a digital badge when I am awarded certification?

Yes, as a validated indicator of your accomplishment and a way to take your learning achievement with you wherever you go, we will issue a digital badge that you may share with your network.

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