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Professional Certificate in Foresight

  • Aug 2019
  • may 2019
  • January 2019 Class
  • Spring 2018 Certificate Class
  • Certificate in Foresight
  • Certificate in Foresight
  • Certificate in Foresight May 2015
  • Certificate in Foresight May 2015
  • Certificate in Foresight January 2015
  • Certificate in Foresight 2014
  • Certificate in Foresight 2014
  • Certificate in Foresight 2014
  • Certificate in Foresight 2014
  • Foresight Certificate Seminar 2020


This intensive 5-day, project-based, face-to-face boot camp is designed to immerse participants in the basics of doing foresight work. In this hands-on approach, participants take a sample project through our Framework Foresight process, with theory, exercises, and discussions salted in. Participants receive the textbook, Teaching about the Future, an accompanying workbook, a professional certificate in Foresight, and four (4) CEUs (Continuing Education Units) from the University of Houston for attending the seminar. Students can also obtain a separate departmental certificate of achievement if they complete a foresight project after program delivery, which qualifies as one criterion for full membership to the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).

"Foresight studies educates you in different aspects of thinking about how the world works, such as cause and effect through systems thinking, social change, and planning through scenarios. Studying foresight:

  • Energizes your creativity
  • Expands your connections
  • Exposes you to potential futures
  • Encourages you to be more aware
  • Enables your thinking processes to expand
  • Educates you in different aspects of thinking"

- Center for the Future of Museums

"I’m planning to hang this certificate in my office - my master’s diploma is somewhere in my filing cabinet! Really enjoyed this program and having an opportunity to meet a very good faculty."

- Hannes Combest, FASAE, CAE, CEO at National Auctioneers Association

"Just wanted to say thanks for a terrific seminar last week. I enjoyed the material and presentation immensely and thought the group was a dynamic mix. It was a pleasure working with you and Peter. I figure there is a high plausibility of more foresight work in my future. Thanks for your time, insights and expertise."

- Dan Downey, Freelance Strategist

"The University of Houston's Foresight program gave me the models I needed to analyze the futures of my sector (market research) and the futures of other markets. Some of this thinking on the futures of market research has appeared in the Journal of Advertising Research (The Shape of Marketing Research in 2021), Quirk's Marketing Research Review (The rules of engagement: Lessons learned from creating an MROC for Millennials), and a chapter in an upcoming book on the subject (Leading Edge Marketing Research: 21st Century Tools and Practices)."

"Much thanks to Dr. Bishop for distilling years of study and practice into a week that is both insightful and actionable."

- Robert Moran, President US, Brunswick

Foresight Certificate Students

The number of professional certificate graduates has reached nearly 400 individuals and continues to grow.

Certificate students come from a wide range of backgrounds, not just professionally, but culturally and geographically as well. A few interesting facts about the diversity of our students:

  • Almost 40% of the certificate graduates have been from outside the U.S.
  • About 15% have been from Europe, 5% from Asia and Latin America.
  • After the U.S., the top-ranked home countries of our students are: Canada (51), The Netherlands (10), Belgium (10), Singapore (8) and the UK (8).
  • We have even had five participants from Australia and New Zealand!

We invite you to join us for the five-day seminar in Houston. Our certificate seminars are limited to 30 students, which allows for optimal class time, small group work, and networking opportunities. Please see the dates on the Foresight Seminar page for more information about the curriculum and to register.