Certified Demand Planning and Forecasting Professional

Virtual Classroom, Starts from 27th November, 2021


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 worlds 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.

Learning Objectives

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:
• To understand how the demand planning process should function
• How to develop an effective and realistic baseline forecast that drives better planning
• What are the different approaches to demand planning and their evaluation.
• Role of demand planner in an organization

Our Differentiators

• The only course that introduces you to multiple approaches – DDMRP, S&OP, IBP and Connected Planning to build multiple views.
• Integrating multiple methodologies and approaches – Causal, Judgmental, Time Series and Probabilistic and provides a framework on how to choose.
• The Only Course that helps you to evaluate the right method for your Industry and Company
• Taught by leading academicians and industry experts
• Immersive learning integrating case studies and assignments
• India’s only home grown certification

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Program Structure

The CDPFP course covers the following core modules:

  • Introduction to Integrated Demand Planning & Forecasting
  1. Critical pillars of demand planning and forecasting
  2. 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
  • Demand Planning: Various Approaches
  1. Sales and Operations Planning
  2. Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP)
  3. Introduction to Integrated Business Planning
  • Machine learning, AI and Analytics for Demand Planning
  • Evaluation of integrated planning systems
  • Role of demand planner in an organization


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


Every Saturday evening 6.00 PM to 8.30 PM, for eight weeks.


CDPFP has a continuous evaluation framework incorporating quizzes, case analysis, quantitative methods and brief answers.

Certification Requirements

To qualify for the CDPFP certification, you have to complete all sessions, submit your assignments, and clear an end of term exam.


For India
Rs 70800 with GST

For  Other Countries

Program Mentors

Dr. Rakesh Paras Singh
Chairman – Institute of Supply Chain and Management 

Dr. Rakesh Sinha
CEO Reflexive Supply Chain Solutions, Former Global Supply Chain Head at GCPL 

Girish V S
Executive director at ISCM and Editor of SCMPro Knowledge

Participating Companies

iscm clients
Aetos Growth Partners
Fermenta Biotech
General Mills
Godrej Consumer Products Limited
Hero Moto
V Guard
MBD Group
Prabhat Dairy
Rossari Biotech
National Food Industries
Morgan Advanced Materials
Jubilant Foods
Deepak Phenolics
Apparel Group
Morgan Advanced Materials
Biz Brain
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Certified Demand Planning and Forecasting Professionals

Dilip Desamitra DarbhaAsst. ManagerLoreal
Arpit RajDemand PlannerGodrej Consumer Products Ltd.
Nikhil Lambat Manager - SCM Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd.
Rajiv ParekhGeneral Manager - S&OP LeadUltraTech
Anjali KaranData ScientistAccenture
Akanksha JainDeputy Manager UltraTech
Tushit Nath DasManager Fermenta Biotech
Sachin NavaleDeputy Manager Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd.
Radish SuvarnaDemand PlannerAccenture
C. A. KerkarSenior ManagerFCA (Fiat)
Ganesh Bhausaheb GunjalSenior Manager - (S & O)Prabhat Dairy
Amit BoryeDemand PlannerAccenture
Yunus ShaikhManagerGlenmark
Nithesh BManager - Demand PlanningCoca-Cola
Kishore KhannaManager - Demand PlanningCoca-Cola
Vijay Kumar MSenior Operations AnalystAetos Growth Partners LLP
Preeti GroverSr. ManagerDelhivery
Manita DhyaniSenior Manager - Demand PlanningTerumo India Private Limited
Utsav KediaAssistant Manager – Data & AnalyticsBira91
Sanskriti AgarwalAssistant Manager – Sales Planning & ForecastingBira91
Sana GroverAssistant Manager – Sales Profitability & ProductivityBira91
Darpan KhuranaCategory Demand Planning ManagerNestle
Suraj KumarManager - Demand PlanningCoca-Cola
Kartik ShahHead Supply Chain & LogisticsSennheiser India
Ajay BhushanManager- Supply ChainMBD Group
Sunil KumarDemand PlannerBaxter
Amit Kumar PalCentral PlanningHero MotorCorp
Kunal GuptaDirector Bateel Group
Alankar NagarDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Chandrima SinhaDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Chilton FrazerDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Koshlendra DubeyDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Manikanta Gunda Venkata SubbaDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Sanchit SinghalDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Shreya SinghDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Ajendra DeshmukhDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Raunak SinhaDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Sahil JainDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Tanmay KoreDemand AnalystGeneral Mills
Mayur ParvaniManager - SCMJindal Worldwide Limited
Tushar YeotkarAnalystAccenture
Yeshesvi YadavCategory Demand Planner - IndiaMondelez
Aditya SinghCustomer ServiceMondelez
Manish ChaudhariDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Pankaj Shahane Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Tarun Garg Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Ram WaingankarDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Dinesh Mhatre AnalyticsGeneral Mills
Shrirang KulkarniAnalyticsGeneral Mills
Shreya Semwal Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Maheshkumar Poojari Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Maithili GajjarDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Rahul ShindeDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Achyut Manavi AnalyticsGeneral Mills
Vikas Pandey AnalyticsGeneral Mills
Sheldon Dsouza Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Shodan Shetty Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Priyadarshini IyengarDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Navin Nayak Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Dhruv Thakral AnalyticsGeneral Mills
Akarshi RastogiAnalyticsGeneral Mills
Mohith Menon Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Meet Joshi Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Amruta BhutkarDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Shrutesh PosamDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Kumar Rishav AnalyticsGeneral Mills
Bankimchandra Yadav Strat TechGeneral Mills
Jayesh Adhikari Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Shweta Haldankar Demand PlanningGeneral Mills
Siddharth PadkiDemand PlanningGeneral Mills
Anurag Mishra AnalyticsGeneral Mills
Tejaswini TilekarAnalyticsGeneral Mills
Jasvinder Rooprai Strat TechGeneral Mills
Can CavliHead Of Demand PlanningHenkel Beauty Care - MEA Region
Shashank TippaSenior Analyst - Demand Analytics General Mills
Sayyad Rizwan AzizSenior Data AnalystGeneral Mills
Pooja JadhavGeneral Mills
Ajendra DeshmukhSupply Chain AnalystGeneral Mills
Manikanta GVSSupply Chain AnalystGeneral Mills
Tanmay KoreSenior ConsultantGeneral Mills
Devang Gilitwala Demand Planner TLAccenture
Advaid PatkarSr. Demand PlannerAccenture
Pragati GodgeSr. Demand PlannerAccenture
Pratheesh Thiyya Supply Chain ManagerAccenture
Ayatollah AwadImplementation ConsultantSlimstock
Rashmee KA Demand plannerCoca Cola
Raghu Jyoti NagKTK Demand plannerCoca Cola


After attending the class, one can be assured to understand the demand planning & forecasting process holistically.
The practical examples shared as part of case studies were very relevant.
Training was great. We got lots of new insights and got to know different techniques used by different companies to improve demand planning. The factors which we ignore during the forecasting and how those affect our planning, idea of selecting correct forecasting methods, measuring our error will be surely help to great extend in our planning process.
Before joining this program, I was part of the supply chain team for over 10 years. Since joining this training program every single session I have invested my time is paying great returns throughout. I had learned through next-level mentorship and made my entire investment back in 3 months’ time by discovering the value of my own experience and successes. I have actually practiced what I learned from this training program practically in my day-to-day working which is making a great difference and has improved my analytical skills for sure.
It was a great experience to have attended the 2 day Demand Planning workshop by ISCM. The workshop was a good mix of case studies, understanding concepts & group discussions. It also provided an opportunity to interact with professionals from varied industry but facing similar day-to-day planning challenges. I would like to congratulate our trainer Dr. Rakesh Singh for bringing together such a wonderful platform for demand planning professionals & delivering it in a perfect form.
The CDPFP course elevated my knowledge in demand planning and forecasting. The course was well outlined for us to understand. I liked the interaction and sharing of ideas with other participants as most of us were from different industries. Also I have relearned my Statistics analysis on this training. Thanks to the team for patiently teaching us and giving us pointers in all the basic Statistics of forecasting.
CDPFP was a great program and I found it very helpful in my job. The sessions with the industry experts gave us real-world perspective on challenges to demand planning. I look forward to applying the learnings in my workplace.


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. We will be launching a program for beginners soon.

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 the 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 30 marks
  • Section 2: Descriptive questions for 30 marks
  • Section 3: Interpretative questions for 30 marks
  • 10 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.

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