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 2021

CAP Prep 2021 Pricing Guide
  INFORMS Member Non-Member
CAP Prep Online $600 $675
CAP Prep Premium $830 $910
CAP Prep Virtual Boot Camp $830 $910


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, three half-day format. Each of the three days will begin at 8am EST and end at 12pm EST, allowing participants to balance work, life, and certification preparation.

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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Upcoming CAP Prep Online Course Offerings - 2021

CAP Prep Online Courses

CAP Prep Premium Online

October Course: October 29-November 26

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CAP Prep Virtual Boot Camp

The CAP Prep Virtual Boot Camp will run for three half-days from 8am to 12pm EDT 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, Freeman Marvin. A digital copy of the INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge (ABOK) will be included in the registration fee and participants will be granted 6 months of access to the online classroom to review materials and discussions as they prepare to become a CAP. 

If you are interested in the three-day CAP Prep Boot Camp, please contact Bill Griffin (


Methodologies reviewed are:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • Simulation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Causal Models
  • Optimization
  • Decision Analysis

The course is not a requirement to apply for the INFORMS CAP certification, and there are no prerequisites to take the course, although familiarity with at least one area of operations research or analytics will be helpful. Some special features of the course include:

  • Practice exam questions from the CAP handbook and study guide, plus 30 bonus questions
  • Guest speakers who are recognized experts in analytics
  • Live demos of selected OR/MS and analytics tools
  • The Loving Shelters Case Study - where your skills help shape the story outcome!
  • References to and discussions involving the newly published INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge (ABOK)


CAP Prep Instructor

The CAP Prep instructor is Freeman Marvin, CAP. Freeman brings over 30 years of experience as an operations research analyst, team facilitator, and adult educator for companies and government agencies. He is currently an executive principal with Innovative Decisions, Inc. and was a co-founder of the INFORMS Soft Skills Workshop. He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP), a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), and a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP). Freeman is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Please send CAP Prep Course inquiries to

Want to learn more about Freeman? Watch his "What's Your StORy?" interview.

What People Are Saying

Student feedback from the course pilot:

“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 (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 2: Business Problem Framing
  • Tue  - Live Webinar Module 2 (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Wed - Read material Module 3: Analytics Problem Framing
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 3 (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Fri r - Read material Module 4: Data
  • Sun - Live Webinar Module 4 (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 5A: Methodologies
  • Tue - Live Webinar Module 5A (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Wed- Read material Module 5B: Methodologies
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 5B (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Fri - Read material Module 5C: Methodologies
  • Mon - Live Webinar Module 5C (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 5D: Methodologies
  • Tue  - Live Webinar Module 5D (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Wed - Read material Module 5E: Methodologies
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 5E (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Fri – Read material Module 6: Modeling
  • Sun - Live Webinar Module 6 (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Mon - Read material Module 7: Deployment
  • Tue - Live Webinar Module 7 (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)
  • Thu - Live Webinar Module 8: Practice Exam Review (7:00 - 8:00 pm ET)



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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