Continuing Education

INFORMS Continuing Education

Our courses cover skills that are vital for O.R. and analytics professionals and are designed with them in mind. Our courses enhance skills, introduce new concepts, and ultimately assist with career advancement goals.

Offered throughout the year and around the United States, INFORMS Continuing Education courses can also be delivered onsite for organizations with groups of 15-25 employees. Request more information about bringing INFORMS courses to your organization.

Current Courses

Developed with the Professional Development Academy, Leading in Analytics is completely online and fully facilitated 8-week leadership program. Intended for business leaders, analytics professionals, and others responsible for using data to inform critical decisions, Leading in Analytics has been intentionally designed to provide insights, knowledge, and practical leadership skills to develop and manage effective analytics functions within any organization.

This newly developed course is a great opportunity for operations research and analytics professionals at all experience levels to prepare for the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification or to refresh their knowledge and skills. CAP Prep is instructor-led online training, providing busy professionals with a flexible and affordable option to prepare for the next step in their career.

Learn practical tools for integrating their analytical skills into real-world problem solving for businesses and other organizations. The course provides approaches that can be applied immediately to a wide variety of settings, whether within a participant's own organization or for an external client.

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Looking for a quality assured third party professional education provider? INFORMS has recently created a Professional Education Provider (PEP) program to help those interested in continuing education access the best resources. 

Learn more and view our current education partners here.

On-Demand Webinars

Access free online learning from the world’s largest association of operations research, analytics, and data science professionals. Learn from leaders of innovation how optimization, predictive analytics, modeling, machine learning, and other critical areas impact success. INFORMS Sponsored Webinar Series provides insight from top educators and cutting-edge businesses that are delivering real-world applications, and research-based solutions.

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What Students are saying about INFORMS Continuing Education

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

Overall, I feel this course provides something for individuals who are just starting out in analytics (like myself), the seasoned analytics professional and everyone in between! I would definitely recommend it. The structure of the course is designed to show you how to utilize these tools in your current organization and will provide many opportunities for discussion. It is truly analytics in practice! 

- William Tyson, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Irrespective of your level of experience, this is an excellent course that will improve your ability to target the right problems, effectively manage an analytics team, and successfully communicate to a client. Well done and value-added!

- Dr. Chuck Noon, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

As a business analyst and project manager, this course on Modern Predictive Analytics (MPA) not only fulfilled, but exceeded my expectations. Its real-world MPA business and industry examples are something I was looking for. It presents analytics science usefulness for business analysis; not only in decision making, but as a tool for explaining past and present business dynamics and processes, among others. The course has a very good balance between lectures and in-class exercises, with an engaging and experienced instructor who made it all easy to learn. I am looking forward to future INFORMS-sponsored courses like this one.

- Jaime Santiago, PhD, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP

This was a real eye-opener for me...It provided an excellent overview of what is possible in the analysis of huge amounts of data, as well as practical skills for "hands-on" analysis. More importantly, it provided expert insight on how to pull out meaningful data from large data sets, and how to present those results so that anyone can understand them.

- Richard St-Aubin, P.Eng., IPEX Management Inc.


Patrick S. Noonan

Patrick S. Noonan
Essential Practice Skills for High Impact Projects

James Drew

James Drew
Foundations of Predictive Analytics

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