INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) Preparation Course

INFORMS' latest continuing education offering, is the INFORMS CAP Preparation Course, or CAP Prep for short. The 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. INFORMS offers two versions of the CAP Prep course.

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CAP Prep Online and Boot Camp classes for 2024

CAP Prep Pricing Guide
  INFORMS Member Non-Member
CAP Prep Online $645 $720
CAP Prep Premium $875 $960
CAP Prep Boot Camp $875 $960

   

CAP Prep Online 

CAP Prep Online is an instructor-led online training, providing busy professionals with a flexible and affordable option to prepare for the next step in their career. The course runs for four weeks and each week students participate in three, one-hour webinars. Each webinar is recorded and available in the online classroom for review.

CAP Prep Premium Online

CAP Prep Premium Online provides participants with additional support to help them prepare for the CAP credential. Premium participants receive an electronic version of the INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge (ABOK), access to set “office hours” with the CAP Prep instructor, and learning boosters designed to help retain information learned in each module. While the course content for both the CAP Prep Online and the CAP Prep Premium Online courses is the same, the Premium option gives learners some extra support in pursuit of the CAP.

CAP Prep Virtual Boot Camp 

INFORMS recognizes that everyone has different learning styles. Some prefer the flexibility of the four-week, instructor-led INFORMS CAP Prep Online course. Others may prefer something more condensed with a shorter time commitment. For those who would rather spend three, half days focused on preparing for the CAP, INFORMS offers an intensive, CAP Prep Boot Camp course. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, INFORMS will offer the CAP Prep Boot Camp virtually. This virtual course will be synchronous, instructor-led and will cover the same content as the CAP Prep Online course, but in a concise format.

Explore all seven domains of the analytics practice as outlined by the CAP Job Task Analysis. Apply concepts learned in each course module through a case study developed specifically for CAP Prep users. Learn from a CAP-certified instructor with over 30 years of experience in analytics and in just three half days! 

In addition, CAP Boot Camp participants receive a copy of the INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge (ABOK). The ABOK represents the perspectives of some of the most respected experts on analytics. INFORMS ABOK documents the core concepts and skills with which an analytics professional should be familiar and establishes a dynamic resource used by practitioners to maintain and increase their understanding of analytics. 

CAP Prep Course Flow Chart

Participants will learn the seven domains of the INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) program. These domains cover the fundamental knowledge and skill areas that analytics professionals need to know to be successful in the workplace.

Domain I: Business Problem Framing
Domain II: Analytics Problem Framing
Domain III: Working with Data
Domain IV: Methodology Selection
Domain V: Model Building
Domain VI: Model Deployment
Domain VII: Life-Cycle Management

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Did you know that INFORMS members can save between $275-$350 on CAP prep course and application fees? To join or restart your INFORMS membership benefits, visit join.informs.org or contact us 443-757-3500.

Upcoming CAP Prep Online Course Offerings

CAP Prep Virtual Boot Camp

The CAP Prep Virtual Boot Camp will run for two full days from 8:00am to 5:00pm EST each day. This new format will allow participants to maintain balance with work, life, and preparation for the industry-leading CAP credential. The workshop will be presented virtually using our online classroom, and a Zoom video meeting. The sessions will be live, interactive, and led by our experienced CAP Prep instructor, Nick Ulmer. A digital copy of the INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge (ABOK) will be included in the registration fee and participants will be granted one year of access to the online classroom to review materials and discussions as they prepare to become a CAP. 

Dates:

CAP Prep Online Courses

CAP Prep Premium Online

March Course: March 22 - April 18

Register for March CAP Prep Register for March CAP Prep Premium

May Course: April 28 - May 23

Register for May CAP Prep Register for May CAP Prep Premium

June Course: May 31 - June 27

Register for June CAP Prep Register for June CAP Prep Premium

July Course: July 12 - August 1

Register for July CAP Prep Register for July CAP Prep Premium

August Course: August 9 - August 29

Register for August CAP Prep Register for August CAP Prep Premium

September Course: September 13 - October 10

Register for September CAP Prep Register for September CAP Prep Premium

November Course: October 25 - November 21

Register for November CAP Prep Register for November CAP Prep Premium

For more information about Boot Camps, please contact Bill Griffin (bgriffin@informs.org).

CAP Prep Instructor
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Shaun Doheney is a Senior Analytics Manager for a global company and a former Chief Analytics Officer for an Inc. 5000 small business. Shaun holds a BS in Mathematics from California State University, Long Beach; an MS in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School; and a Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics from George Mason University. He also holds the following certifications: INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®); INFORMS Analytics Capability Evaluation (ACE) Coach; AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty; and Project Management Institute-certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). Shaun is actively involved in the larger analytics community where he leverages his experiences from his career as a Marine Corps officer and operations researcher to give back to the analytics communities. 

Please send CAP Prep Course inquiries to bgriffin@informs.org.

What People Are Saying

Student feedback from the course:

“This course motivated me to sign up for the CAP exam and guided me to study the necessary material.”

“I really enjoyed the lecture series, feel better prepared, and do plan to sit for the exam.”

“I liked how it streamlined the content of the CAP exam and successfully highlighted the important parts of the body of knowledge.”

 

Typical Course Schedule

The instructor-led, on-line model uses the following schedule for the reading assignments (no more than one hour) and live class sessions. 

  • Fri - Read material Module 1: Course Introduction
  • Sun - Live Webinar Module 1 (7-8pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 2: Business Problem Framing
  • Tue  - Live Webinar Module 2 (7-8pm ET)
  • Wed - Read material Module 3: Analytics Problem Framing
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 3 (7-8pm ET)
  • Fri - Read material Module 4: Data
  • Sun - Live Webinar Module 4 (7-8pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 5A: Methodologies
  • Tue - Live Webinar Module 5A (7-8pm ET)
  • Wed- Read material Module 5B: Methodologies
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 5B (7-8pm ET)
  • Fri - Read material Module 5C: Methodologies
  • Mon - Live Webinar Module 5C (7-8pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 5D: Methodologies
  • Tue  - Live Webinar Module 5D (7-8pm ET)
  • Wed - Read material Module 5E: Methodologies
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 5E (7-8pm ET)
  • Fri – Read material Module 6: Modeling
  • Sun - Live Webinar Module 6 (7-8pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 7: Deployment
  • Tue - Live Webinar Module 7 (7-8pm ET)
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 8: Practice Exam Review (7-8pm ET)

 

Policies

Transfers - you may transfer to an earlier or later course date with no fee provided the request is received in writing or via phone with an INFORMS representative at least 14 days prior to the start date of the course originally booked. There will be a $50 rebooking fee for transfers requested less than 14 days prior to the start of the course.

Cancellations - cancellations must be in writing or via phone with an INFORMS representative and received 21 days or more prior to the start of the course. A refund will be issued less a $100 processing fee. Cancellations less than 21 days prior to the start of the course will not be eligible for a refund.

Substitutions - if you cannot attend you may send a substitute without incurring a fee provided notice is given in writing (please include substitutes' name and email address) at least 72 hours prior to the start of the course.

Withdraws – No refunds will be given for those who wish to withdraw from the class after it has begun.

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