Prophet Training

We would like all of our customers to be able to make full use of all the functionalities and features offered by Prophet. To enable you to learn about the extensive range of facilities for all types of actuarial calculations that Prophet provide, we have designed a number of training courses, set at varying levels of expertise. Training is provided by our Prophet experts and it offers the perfect environment to develop, update or refresh your Prophet knowledge as well as the opportunity to share experiences with other users.

FIS runs a selection of standard courses designed to train users on particular aspects of Prophet. As such they are intended to complement our service of providing company specific, tailored training. These courses are available to all our Prophet clients around the world and can be viewed here within the Prophet Training Directory

Certificates are issued to all delegates who attend our courses.

Standard Courses

Standard training courses are scheduled to run at various global locations, including the UK. A 10% early booking discount will be offered to delegates who return a completed booking form at least three weeks before the final booking date.

Standard training courses are listed below and within the Training Directory and can be provided as either:

External Scheduled Courses
A scheduled course where clients are invited to attend a chosen venue on predetermined dates. This is open to all Prophet users. For upcoming dates, please see our training schedule here.

In-House Courses
An ad-hoc training course is usually held at clients’ offices at a time chosen specifically by the client. There is also an option to invite your team to our UK offices in either Chertsey or Canary Wharf.


Tailored Courses

We will partner with you to develop a comprehensive training course with your specific goals in mind. This may involve creating a tailored course that is made up of a combination of subjects from the various standard courses, or indeed a brand new one that is created to match your needs.

Tailored courses are typically offered as in-house training, where one of our trainers comes to your offices and trains up to eight people at a time. Tailoring of our standard courses is charged at a standard daily rate, covering changes to the training material and administration costs.

Training and Certification Programme for Consultancies

FIS provides a comprehensive offering of classes, seminars, webinars, and assessment processes intended to foster and improve the skills required of effective Prophet consultants. For more information about our training and certification programme for consultancies, please click here.

Course Details

Below is a list of the courses we currently provide, together with a brief description of their content.

For the full training schedule for 2017, please click here.

If you would like further information, a copy of the price list or to discuss your training needs, please feel free to contact us at +44 (0) 1932 757 697 or email us at the following email address prophet.training@sungard.com.

Scheduled Courses

Click on the course title for the latest schedule for our most popular courses:

Introduction to Prophet
Our recommended introductory level course for anyone new to Prophet. These two days will give a thorough grounding in the use of Prophet and are especially suitable for anyone who has little or no Prophet experience and/or less than 18 months' experience in an actuarial environment.

Advanced Coding in Prophet
Aimed at users whose knowledge is equivalent to having attended an Introduction to Prophet course and then having applied those skills steadily for three months in a working environment. This course will guide delegates onto the next phase of their Prophet usage by taking them beyond the basic coding covered in the introduction courses.

Introduction to ALS - External Liabilities
An overview of the range of deterministic, dynamic and stochastic ALM projections that can be carried out using Prophet, including an outline of the functionality of the Asset Liability Strategy ("ALS") library. This course is appropriate for people who wish to use Prophet to model assets and the fund within an ALS library product, where interactions with liability results are achieved by dynamically incorporating cash flows using "external" Prophet liability products.

Data Conversion and Grouping
An introduction to the Data Conversion and Data Grouping System (DCS) and the Data Grouping options in Prophet. This course is suitable for a new user of DCS or for someone who wants to carry out grouping of their policy data.

Technical Training Prophet Professional & Prophet Enterprise - New

Aimed at IT Technicians to give a basic Prophet overview, enabling them to deal confidently with their responsibilities for their company’s Prophet Environment.  The training is split into two courses, focusing on Prophet Professional and Prophet Enterprise which can be taken separately or consecutively.  Agendas in German are available on request. Please see the course overview here.

 

Other Courses

The following courses are available as in-house courses, arranged on request:

Nested Structures

This course is designed to guide delegates through working with Prophet’s Nested Structures functionality (and attach the agenda until this is included in the new FIS training directory). Please see the course overview here.

ALS Modular Training

Our ALS modular training offering allows delegates to tailor the course to their own needs. Given the range of different functionalities within the library, it is necessary to select modules which are appropriate for the types of models which you will be building or using. Please see the brochure here and contact the Prophet Training team for further information.

Introduction to ALS - Internal Liabilities
An overview of the Asset Liability Strategy (ALS) library with liabilities modelled "internally" i.e. in the same product. The course provides a basic understanding of the calculations performed in the ALS library where the interactions of the assets and liabilities and the dynamic decisions take place within one product. The course also covers how the liabilities can be modelled within an ALS product.

Stochastic Liability Modelling
Provides hands-on experience for users who wish to use Prophet to model their liabilities stochastically. Includes pricing of guarantees and gives delegates an opportunity to compare and contrast the different economic models available. Includes in-depth coverage of SGA, which is used throughout the day.

Extended Formula Coding in Prophet
Designed to introduce the new features in Prophet, covering advanced formula coding techniques. The course provides several approaches to writing efficient code and is aimed at those with some existing experience of the system. This is a fast-moving course intended for delegates who already have good actuarial and Prophet knowledge.

Automating Prophet
This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn about techniques to automate the Prophet run process. It is suitable for users who want to understand how Prophet is used, but who do not currently need to specify product models. It includes DCS, multiple runs, the API and results reporting techniques. No actuarial knowledge is required.

Introduction to Glean
An introduction to the Glean Experience Analysis System and, as an integral part of that, the basics of the Data Conversion System. Delegates will be shown how to perform an Experience Investigation, how to compare their experience against expected rates and how to fit a generalised linear model to their data.

Administrating Prophet Environments
The workshop for anyone with responsibilities for their company's Prophet environment. This is an interactive day where delegates discuss the need for, and best practices in, the various processes and controls that can be applied to managing a Prophet multi-user environment.

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