Certified professional Forecaster (CPF)


Demand Planning, Forecasting & S&OP Certification Program

As we move into a more demand driven environment the pressure to forecast and plan accurately is no longer an option, but an absolute must. As a result, this has created an unmet demand for Demand Planners, Forecasters, and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) professionals in the field.

How do you pre-qualify yourself and prove to management and/ or prospective employers that you have what it takes to do the job? How can you improve your career opportunities and maintain job security? And for employers, how can you build confidence that you have the right team to help you increase market-share and profitability, the fruits of improving forecast accuracy? IBF certification answers all of these questions. IBF’s certification program is based on its verified body of knowledge which it has been maintaining for over 30 years. This knowledge is built on best practices that are flexible and grow as economies evolve and change.

IBF Certified professionals also demonstrate that they are passionate about the field and often receive greater compensation and recognition. They are more likely to foster change, encourage collaboration & consensus, build critical relationships, and improve company performance.

Benefits of IBF Certification:

For Employees

  • Accelerate your career growth, leadership opportunities, marketability and job security
  • Validate your professional experience, knowledge and skill-sets in the field
  • Build confidence knowing that you’re prepared for today’s rapidly changing marketplace
  • Complement your supply chain education & certifications
  • Become more recognised at your company as well as in the profession
  • Master demand planning, forecasting & S&OP

For Employers

  • Save time and resources as IBF certified individuals are pre-qualified, allowing you to quickly identify the right person for a forecasting/demand planning job
  • Gain assurance that an IBF Certified individual has the background to help improve forecasting performance and hit the ground running
  • Increase the value of your forecasting and demand planning staff, department and company
  • Save time and resources in training. CPF or ACPF professionals already have a verified body of knowledge

The registration fee includes :

  • Facilitator
  • Workshop materials
  • Lunch & Refreshments
  • 2 day workshop with experienced supply chain practitioner.

You will need to purchase the Fundamentals of Demand Planning and Forecasting before the workshop at a cost of R1 630 excl. VAT

Exam Fee : $1,125 | Exam Re-Write : $375

The exam fee quoted is charged in South African Rand and VAT of 14% will be added.
The figure of US$ is provided for budget purposes.

Who can benefit from the CPF:
Anyone from manufacturing and distribution companies who work in an environment where the quality of forecasting and demand planning is important. This certification is targeted at anyone who would like to gain specific knowledge pertaining to forecasting and demand planning and gain an internationally recognised qualification.

The Facilitator : Liezl Smith

Liezl is an Industrial Engineering graduate with a passion for Supply Chain Management, both from a process and an optimisation point of view.

For the last 8 years, she has been running her own consulting and training business, speicialising in the fields of demand management, S&OP and warehouse management.

She is a lecturer for CPIM, CSCP, and CPF material and occasionally presents a course at the University of Pretoria. She has served on the Board of Directors of SAPICS, the Association for Operations Management in South Africa, and has served for two terms as president of the organisation.