INFORMS Continuing Education

Intensive, In-Person Two-day Courses for Analytics Professionals

Real take-away value: skills, tools and methods you can implement immediately in your work.

INFORMS offers a continuing education program designed for analytics professionals. Four courses are currently offered, with more to come.

Upcoming Classes  

April 5-6, 2017

Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA

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arrow Essential Practice Skills for High-Impact Analytics Projects


Taught by Patrick Noonan

The essential tools for solving real-world problems in businesses and other organizations. Drawing on best practices from the field, this course helps analytics professionals add value from beginning to end: listening to clients, framing the central problem, scoping a project, defining metrics for success, creating a work plan, assembling data and expert sources, selecting modeling approaches, validating and verifying analytical results, communicating and presenting results to clients, driving organizational change, and assessing impact. 

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Next Available Courses:

Please contact Bill Griffin, Continuing Education Program Manager, with any inquiries about the 2017 schedule.

Seattle Pacific University
April 5-6 2017
Registrations opens soon. For more details, contact Bill Griffin.

Continuing Education Program Manager
Bill Griffin
phone: 1-443-757-3570
toll-free: 1-800-446-3676

CE Mission


INFORMS is the world’s largest organization for advanced analytics professionals, focused on providing data analytics and operations research information, training and best practices to its members and the industry at large. INFORMS’ members provide best-in-class resources, including analytics models, methodologies and certification best practices that are leveraged by companies globally.

INFORMS Continuing Education courses cover skills that are vital for analytics professionals and are designed with them in mind. Our goal is to offer courses that will enhance or update skills, introduce new concepts, and ultimately assist with career advancement goals. Several of the courses use popular commercial software, but these are not software training courses. The focus is on understanding the underlying methodology and mindset of how to approach and handle data. Once you leave our intensive, two-day classroom courses you will have the skills, tools and methods you can immediately use to help make your projects a success.

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INFORMS continuing education courses are not mandatory for the Certified Analytics Professional designation but can be used for certification maintenance

Students are saying...

"Essential Practice Skills provided a two day course of instruction on "soft skills" not commonly taught in academic programs: client interaction, problem-structuring, problem decomposition, qualitative methodology, developing work plans, managing work, validating findings, and sculpting communication of results. I found deep insights and structured processes that can be directly applied to my current practice. Highly recommended."

- Thomas W. Chesnutt, CAP™, A & N Technical Services, Inc.


“Course participants will benefit from a succinct introduction to analytics and data visualization. Structured around the seven C's of data analysis framework, the course provides a good balance between principles and applications and is filled with illustrative approaches and examples for how to tackle a variety of challenging real-world problems.”

-Dr. Bogdan Bichescu, University of Tennessee, Knoxville