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Professional Certificate in Foresight


Houston Foresight Framework Foresight Video

This intensive 5-day, project-based 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, Thinking about the Future, accompanying worksheets, 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 MoranPresident USBrunswick

Foresight Certificate Students

The number of professional certificate graduates has reached over 1,000 individuals and continues to grow.

Certificate students are diverse, not just professionally, but culturally and geographically as well. Around 40% of our graduates come from outside of the U.S. and all graduates have represented well over 100 companies, agencies, and organizations, including:

AARP Ford Motor Company State Farm Insurance
Abu Dhabi Police Forum for the Future Swedish Armed Forces
American Association of Museums General Motors Target
American Heart Association Interpol The Clorox Company
Aveda Kaiser Permanente The Coca-Cola Co.
Bank of Canada Kimberly Clark Corp. The Hershey Company
Bridgestone Americas Lockheed Martin Toyota
Business School Lausanne Lumina Foundation The Treasury New Zealand
Caribbean Development Bank M.D. Anderson Cancer Center U.S. Army Southern Command
Carnegie Mellon University Magic Leap U.S. Coast Guard
Center for Disease Control McKinsey & Company U.S. Department of State
Centre for the Future of Museums Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Singapore U.S. Directorate of National Intelligence
Cincinnati Opera National Auctioneers Association U.S. Marine Corps
The Conference Board NATO U.S. Secret Service
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Natural Resources Canada UAE Ministry of the Interior
Deloitte Nestlé UK Government Office for Science
Delta Air Lines Nike United Auto Workers
Department of Homeland Security Nokia United States Military Academy
Eastman Chemical Company PepsiCo University of West Indies
European Commission Philips Walt Disney World
European Tourism Futures Institute PricewaterhouseCoopers World Bank
Exxon Mobil Scottish Police College  

We invite you to join us for our virtual or in-person seminars. Our certificate seminars are limited to 30-35 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.