Certified Future Engineer developed by Certificore for foresight professionals who wants to certify their futuring skills.

This qualification is the advanced of the foresight certification scheme is aimed at anyone working within an organization (internally or externally) who may require to have and demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of the future management and its application. The certification can also cater for candidates seeking personal certification, also in regards to their knowledge and understanding of the requirements and the content of the standard.

This qualification will provide the advanced level of knowledge to its holders and will certify that they have a solid understanding of the standard and its content.
Note that this qualification provides the advanced level of knowledge for:

  1. Strategy Planners
  2. Investment Planners
  3. Foresight Professionals
  4. Futurists

Learning Objectives

Candidates will be introduced to the principles and core elements of the futuring, and more specifically:

  1. Foresight Techniques
  2. Future Management
  3. Strategy Planning
  4. Future Engineering


CFE Certification Exam is designed to validate a candidate’s knowledge of the contents and requirements of the Future Management and will allow for further development along the futuring certification path. The CFE exam focuses on the following two (2) categories in the cognitive domain of Bloom’s taxonomy:

  •  Knowledge
  •  Comprehension

Entry Criteria/Training Requirements 

No specific entry criteria exist for candidates of the CFE examination. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least a basic knowledge of foresight and futuring concepts and terminology and have undergone some formal training on the subject with a proposed duration of 16 hours. A detailed breakdown of these training hours, per topic area is provided in the syllabus section.

Assessment Approach 

The assessment approach used for the CFE certification focuses on the two basic categories of Knowledge and Comprehension. Knowledge is defined as recalling previously learned material, from facts to theories and represents the lowest level of learning outcomes in the cognitive domain. Such learning outcomes are turned in assessment objectives that include knowing and recalling such as:

 Common and/or basic terms, definitions, concepts and principles of foresight

 Specific future management requirements and facts

 Processes, procedures and methods of foresight

Exam Delivery Paper based
Type40 Multiple choice questions
Single answer, one of four possible answers Each question is awarded one (1) mark
Duration1 hour (60 minutes)
For non-native speakers or candidates with a disability, an additional 15 minutes of extra time is allowed.
Pass Mark65% (26/40)
Invigilator / Supervisor / ProctorYes
Physical or Web proctoring
Open BookYes
Certification validityN/A

Comprehension is the lowest level of understanding and entails the ability to grasp the meaning of the material taught, including some sort of interpretation, translation or estimation during the process. Such learning outcomes and in turn assessment objectives go beyond simply recalling information and may include:

  •  Understanding facts, concepts and principles
  •  Interpreting material (i.e. charts, graphs, text)
  •  Justifying a Process, procedure and assessment method

The assessment incorporates the above learning outcomes as it uses assessment objectives that cater for the above cognitive domain categories.

Examination Format 

The tests are derived from a regularly updated question test bank (QTB) based on the test specification detailed below. Questions are used interchangeably among test sets. The overall difficulty level of each test is the same with any other test. A candidate is never assigned the same test in the case of multiple examination attempts.

Detailed Syllabus 

The syllabus contains references to the future engineering domian and is structured into sections relating to major subject headings and numbered with a single digit section number. The recommended training hours, per Syllabus Category are also provided in this table. At the end of the training session, allow 30 minutes for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the exam process and the sample questions.  An additional hour could be provided for the sample test and/or answering the sample test for better preparation of the exam.

CFE 1.1  Introduction, Terms and DefinitionsCFE-1.1.1Introduction
 CFE-1.1.2 Terms & Definitions 
Proposed Training Time: 60 minutes
CFE-1.2 Understanding FutureCFE-1.2.1 System Thinking General Knowledge 
 CFE-1.2.2 Change Models 
 CFE-1.2.3Future Perspectives
Proposed Training Time: 120 minutes
CFE-1.3 Future Mapping and  Modeling CFE-1.3.1 Future Research Methods 
 CFE-1.3.2 Future Scan Methods
 CFE-1.3.3 Foresight Methods
Proposed Training Time: 90 minutes
CFE-1.4 Future DesignCFE-1.4.1 Future Design Techniques 
 CFE-1.4.2 Defining and influencing the future 
 CFE-1.4.3 Visions for Alternative Futures
Proposed Training Time: 90 minutes
CFE-1.5 Advanced Future Engineering TechniquesCFE-1.5.1  Environmental Scanning
 CFE-1.5.2The Delphi Method
 CFE-1.5.3The Futures Wheel
 CFE-1.5.4Trend Impact Analysis
 CFE-1.5.5Cross-Impact Analysis
 CFE-1.5.6Wild Cards
 CFE-1.5.7Structural Analysis
 CFE-1.5.8The Systems Perspectives
 CFE-1.5.9Decision Modeling
 CFE-1.5.10Substitution Analysis
 CFE-1.5.11Statistical Modeling
 CFE-1.5.12Technology Sequence Analysis
 CFE-1.5.13Morphological Analysis
 CFE-1.5.14Relevance Trees
 CFE-1.5.15Scenario Planning
 CFE-1.5.16Interactive Scenarios
 CFE-1.5.17Robust Decisionmaking
 CFE-1.5.18Participatory Methods
 CFE-1.5.19Simulation and Games
 CFE-1.5.20Genius Forecasting
 CFE-1.5.21Intuition, and Vision
 CFE-1.5.22Prediction Markets
 CFE-1.5.23Using Vision in Futures Planning
 CFE-1.5.24Normative Forecasting
 CFE-1.5.25S&T Road Mapping, Agent Modeling
 CFE-1.5.26Chaos and Non-Linear Dynamics
 CFE-1.5.27Multiple Perspective Concept
 CFE-1.5.28Heuristics Modeling
 CFE-1.5.29Causal Layered Analysis
 CFE-1.5.30Personal Futures
 CFE-1.5.31SOFI Software System
 CFE-1.5.32Integration, Comparisons
Proposed Training Time: 600 minutes 

Test SpecificationThe examination will consist of five (5) sections with the following structure:

1CFE-1.1 Introduction, Terms and Definitions10.0%
2CFE-1.2 Understanding Future10.0%
3CFE-1.3 Future Mapping and  Modeling10.0%
4CFE-1.4 Future Design10.0%
5CFE-1.5 Advanced Future Engineering Techniques60.0%
TOTAL100 %

Recommended Reading 

  1. Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic ForesightNov 11, 2015 by Andy Hines and Peter Bishop
  2. Foresight in Organizations: Methods and Tools (Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies) May 8, 2016 by Patrick van der Duin
  3. Corporate Foresight: Anticipating the FutureMar 3, 2017 by Alberto F. De Toni and Roberto Siagri
  4. Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming TomorrowFeb 18, 2015 by Jack Uldrich and Simon Anderson
  5. Playbook for Strategic Foresight and InnovationJan 1, 2013 by Tamara Carleton and William Cockayne
  6. Foresight and KnowledgeJan 1, 1999, by Yves R. Simon
  7. Strategic Foresight: Learning from the FutureJul 21, 2015 by Patricia Lustig
  8. Foresight: The Art and Science of Anticipating the FutureSep 16, 2008 by Denis Loveridge
  9. How to Rethink the Future: Making Use of Strategic Foresight Paperback – September 2, 2015 by Stephen Murgatroyd (Author)
  10. Wake Up Or Die: Business Battles Are Won With Foresight, You Either Have It Or You Don’t by Corrine Sandler (Author)
  11. Handbook of Research on Strategy and Foresight (Elgar Original Reference) Reprint Edition by Laura Anna Costanzo (Author, Editor), Robert Bradley Mackay (Author, Editor)
  12. Foresight, Innovation, and Strategy: Toward a Wiser Future by Cynthia G. Wagner (Author)

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