The International Institute of Forecasters (IIF) offers a certificate program with the goal of facilitating improved forecasting practices in organizations. We encourage university departments and individual trainers across the world to work with us to develop training programs embracing the best forecasting principles. This program brings benefits for both the individual forecaster and the organization by:

  • Ensuring that your business forecasting is state-of-the-art. The certification is awarded to experts who demonstrate good understanding and use of the forecasting process, methods and best practices.
  • By employing IIF certified forecasters this guarantees their level of knowledge and skills, simplifying the creation of a team of forecasting experts that can offer to your organisation a unique competitive advantage. 
  • The result is superior, transparent and credible forecasts that can improve decision making and operations company-wide.

Successful program validation allows the course provider to award an IIF Certificate of Forecasting upon successful completion. The IIF will assist with promoting programs to all providers. For each person registering for a certificate, the certificate provider will pay a pre-determined fee to the IIF. Certificate holders will then be entitled to use the credential, IIF Certified Forecaster.

The IIF invites potential course providers to submit appropriate courses for evaluation. Although we are not prescribing a detailed syllabus for prospective courses, we will outline general topics that should be covered and provide guidance as to how to develop an application.

Guidelines, topics, and criteria for support (pdf)

Current Programs

Certificate in Professional Demand Management, Shanghai, China

Demand Driven Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd. invites demand professionals from various industries to share mindset, operation process and experiences of practice. The depths of the sharing plus the previous systematic professional training combine theories and practices of demand management perfectly, which will deepen and enrich the students’ knowledge of demand management system, strengthen their operational ability.

The IIF certifies and fully endorses the forecasting portion of the Demand Driven S&OP curriculum as conforming to the standards of good scientific forecasting practice.

If you are a past participant of the Certification Program, you can query your CDMP Certificate.


Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim, Germany

Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim offers an attractive and unique study method, combining both theoretical studies at the university and practical experience at a partner company. Our university is pleased to be the first german university awarding the International Institute of Forecasters’ (IIF) Certificate in Forecasting Practice to those of our students who have successfully completed 6 forecasting specific courses. Professor Dr. Christian Schäfer (IIF-member) will lead and teach major parts of this program.


California Lutheran University – M.S. in Quantitative Economics Program

The MS in Quantitative Economics degree provides in-depth training in Economic Theory, Econometrics, and Financial Economics.  It is a very applied degree, with many assignments involving hands on work with real world examples.  

The Econometrics curriculum includes inertial and structural economic model building and forecasting, and we provide training in EViews Programming, the EViews Model Object, and in R Programming.


Johns Hopkins University – Applied Economics Program

The MS in Applied Economics Program develops skill in economic reasoning, and in constructing and estimating economic models through the use of econometrics and other quantitative techniques. This is a ten-course degree program.

The IIF has approved two sequences of Applied Economics Program courses as meeting requirements for awarding its Certificate in Forecasting Practice. Admissions requirements are the same as our MS in Applied Economics degree. Those who successfully complete Statistics, Econometrics, Macroeconomic Forecasting, and Microeconometrics or Macroeconometrics, with at least a grade of B, at the Applied Economics Program and who have participated in an additional single-session mini-course on “Forecasting in Organizations”, will receive the Certificate.


Lancaster School of Management @ Lancaster University

As Europe’s leading centre for forecasting research, Lancaster develops applied research with companies, transfers knowledge between academia and business and builds best practices in methods, processes and systems.

Beginning in 2016, Lancaster University will offer the Certificate of Forecasting through their Masters in Management Science and Marketing Analytics. This programme is ideal for those working on marketing problems to support decision making in organisations. In the programme, we emphasise the practical analytical aspects of marketing problems as well as the fundamentals of management science and marketing.  For more information on this program, visit the Lancaster University Management School.


University of Southern California (USC), Marshall School of Business

The Master of Science in Business Analytics at USC is a STEM program designed for managers who want to develop or sharpen their analytical skills, and recent college graduates with a strong analytical background, who are interested in pursuing a career in the exciting and fast-growing field of business analytics and data sciences. The program is built on three pillars: (1) computer science, (2) statistics, machine learning, and optimization, and (3) business strategy. In addition, the program offers specialty classes on marketing analytics, fraud analytics, healthcare analytics strategy, game analytics, digital analytics strategy, business forecasting, artificial intelligence in business, natural language processing, and supply chain analytics.

The Master of Science in Business Analytics degree requires 33 units, including 19.5 units of required coursework plus 13.5 units of coursework chosen from a list of electives. The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can earn their degrees in 18 months and be ready for an exciting career in business analytics. Part-time students can take one course per semester and complete their degrees while they are working.