Certified Demand Planning & Forecasting Professional (CDPFP)

The only home grown certification in Demand Planning and Forecasting

Next Batch Starts on

18rd May 2024


As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to re-focus on the demand planning and forecasting function in our organizations. At a time when historical trends are not relevant, and as supply sources are highly volatile and complex, demand planners have to significantly raise their game. The world’s best companies understand this, and are able to bring their entire organizations into an integrated planning and execution mode.

CDPFP is integrative and practice­ oriented. It integrates concepts in business planning, demand, and supply planning, forecasting to present a holistic approach, allowing you to choose the best practices suited to your industry and firm. It discusses emerging and futuristic trends in planning and forecasting, and the framework to build resilience in the process.

Companies where ISCM Has built Demand Planning & Forecasting Capabilities

Target Group

Supply Chain Professionals

Demand Planners

Forecasting Professionals

Strategy Professionals

Supply Planners


Learning Outcome

The CDPFP will provide you with you the ability to navigate through both the technical and analytical aspects of the profession. With CDPFP, you will be able:

Course Structure

Introduction to Integrated Demand Planning & Forecasting

Critical pillars of demand planning and forecasting

Identifying the gaps in demand planning and forecasting

Root cause analysis and predictive modelling

Forecasting Models and their evaluation

Measuring Forecast Performance

A framework for understanding Uncertainty through scenario planning

Machine learning, AI and Analytics for Demand Planning

Demand Planning: Various Approaches

a) Sales and Operations Planning
b) Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP)
c) Introduction to Integrated Business Planning

Evaluation of integrated planning systems

Role of demand planner in an organization

Program Duration

Classes will be held every Saturday from 6.00 PM to 8.30 PM


Participants who attend all classes, complete the assignment and pass the final exam will be awarded the credential Certified Demand Planning & Forecasting Professional (CDPFP)


Conceptual lectures, Case studies, Peer to peer discussions and industry insights by experts

Fees & Registration

Indian participants

INR 70,800 Inclusive of GST, for Indian participants. Scan QR code for payment

International Participants


USD 2000/- for International Participants 

Lead Faculty

Dr. Rakesh Singh

Chairman ISCM

Associate Faculty

Girish V S

Director ISCM

Dr. Rakesh Sinha

Founder & CEO at Reflexive Supply Chain Solutions


I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your exceptional guidance, education, and coaching throughout the certification program. Receiving the certification was truly a moment of triumph for me, and I couldn't have reached this milestone without your unwavering support and expertise. Your dedication to imparting knowledge, insightful sessions, and patient coaching have played an instrumental role in shaping my understanding and skills in Demand planning and forecasting. I am excited to apply the skills I've acquired as I move forward in my career.

Ankush Gupta Mondelēz India Foods pvt ltd

Certified Demand Planning & Forecasting Professional

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The Certified Demand Planning & Forecasting Professional (CDPFP) is a certification program from the Institute of Supply Chain Management that provides a holistic approach to planning and forecasting. The aim of the program is to provide the participants with the ability to understand and master the art and science of forecasting. 

The CDPFP certification will help you:

  • Gain an industry recognized professional certification
  • Showcase your knowledge, experience, and skillsets in demand planning and forecasting
  • Gain recognition as a true professional 

The program was developed in consultation with the leaders in demand planning and forecasting from the industry and ISCM faculty. It covers the demands from the industry. The program will be constantly updated to reflect the changing requirements from the industry.

We prefer people with 2 to 3 years’ planning or forecasting experience to join the CDPFP program. If you do not have the requisite experience, you can join our program – Foundation Program in Decision Sciences for Forecasting.

Candidates who wish to take up the certification should have 2-3 years relevant experience and a good understanding of basic descriptive statistics and ability to use MS Excel.

CDPFP is the only program the focuses on:

  • Interpreting the output of forecasting models
  • Covers all approaches like DDMRP, S&OP, IBP and Connected Planning
  • Covers multiple methods – Time Series including Holt-Winters, Causal, and probabilistic among others.
  • Taught by academicians and industry professionals

No. There are participants who have not taken the exams. But we would urge you to take the exam as it provides a proof of your success.

Under exceptional circumstances, we will re-schedule exams for those who are unable to give the exams on the date announced. This will be at the discretion of ISCM.

The exam covers the entire modules covered in the sessions. To excel in exams, you have to attend all classes, participate in the case discussions, complete your assignments and keep up to date with your readings we send you. You need not invest in any other material. We would say an hours study per day for the duration of the course should help you.

The exam will be conducted on-line

The exam consists of three sections:

  • Section 1: MCQ for 20 marks
  • Section 2: Descriptive questions for 30 marks
  • Section 3: Interpretative questions for 30 marks
  • 20 marks will be for class participation.

No. This is a capability building program. We do not provide placements. In case you need a job, and we know of a requirement, we will send you the details.

Once you qualify, you can add the credential of CDPFP as your qualification.

As an employer, the certification will help you:

  • Identify the best talent for planning and forecasting functions
  • Improved forecasting and planning capability in the team
  • Create a team of trained professionals  

If you are a corporate, and you have a team of professionals, you can opt for an in company training. This will enable you to modify the curriculum to suit your industry. You can opt for an in class or virtual program.

Registration, Payment and Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received up to 7 business days prior to date of training will not be charged the course fee. ISCM will process the refunds within 7 to 10 Working days from receipt of the cancellation notice.
  • Cancellations within 7 business days prior to training date, and in no-show up case, registrants liable to pay full amount.
  • Substitutions within a company are permitted, requests must be submitted through email.
  • ISCM reserves the right to amend content, faculty, venue and date of the training program.
  • In case ISCM cancels the training, participants will be refunded the course fee in full within 7 to 10 working days from announcement of cancellation.
  • ISCM shall not be liable for any direct or indirect damages that may be incurred due to such cancellation.
  • ISCM will deduct the charges levied by the payment gateway when processing the refund.

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