shrug-l: FW: Geospatial Technology Competency Model Development

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Thu Apr 15 10:00:24 EDT 2010

The US Department of Labor with support from the Geotech Center is
developing a Geospatial Competency Model. Upon completion this new model
with help guide colleges and universities as they develop and update
curriculum for GIS certificates and degrees. It may also help the GISCI
develop a test for the GISP certification by defining basic knowledge
areas anyone in working in GIS should know. The draft Model is now open
for public comment. See the information below.  I encourage everyone
here to offer input. 


Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
Vice President, GIS/IT
ESRI Authorized Instructor
Keck & Wood, Inc. <> 
(678) 417-4013
(678) 417-4055 fax


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Geospatial Technology Competency Model Development 

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) competency model
initiative is intended to identify core competencies - academic,
workplace, and technical - that every worker in a selected industry
needs to know and be able to do. Through this initiative, ETA is
supporting the development of a model in geospatial technology and has
put the following steps in place to validate this model:

1.     In 2009, ETA developed a draft geospatial technology competency
model by researching and analyzing publicly available resources,
existing skill standards, competency-based curricula, and certifications
to develop a dynamic framework of foundational and technical
competencies for entry-level workers.

2.     ETA conducted a Webinar on February 3, 2010, to introduce the
draft geospatial technology model to ensure that the competencies meet
the skill needs of the industries they are intended to serve.

3.     Working closely with the GeoTech Center - a government, academic,
and industry partnership funded, in part, by a grant from the National
Science Foundation - a workshop was conducted on March 11-12, 2010, to
review and modify the draft competency model. 

4.     A revised version of the model based on feedback from the March
workshop - as well as the recording, presentation, and transcripts of
the introductory Webinar - are available now at:

5.     In May 2010, comments on the revised competency model will be
aggregated and edits will be made to produce a final competency model.

6.     A finished document will be published at the Competency Model
Clearinghouse located at:

Please send any questions, concerns, or comments about these items or
this process to dibiase at 

The draft Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by
researching and analyzing these publicly available resources. The intent
is to develop a dynamic framework of foundational and technical
competencies for entry-level workers. The model must be industry-driven
to ensure that the competencies meet the skill needs of the industry.
ETA conducts initial research and analysis, drafts a mock-up of the
model, and then turns to industry for feedback and input to refine and
expand the model.

When complete, the Geospatial technology Competency Model can be
utilized to: 

1.     Give education and training providers an industry driven
framework for preparing workers with 21st century skills in high growth
sectors of the economy; 

2.     Inform federal investments in education and training activities; 

3.     Promote portability of credentials; and 

4.     Prevent future duplication of effort by sharing research and
information through a database of existing and newly developed
competency-based resources. 

In addition, the model is intended to provide a common language to
inform discussion among industry leaders, educators, economic developers
and public workforce investment professionals as they collaborate to:

*	Identify specific employer needs 
*	Develop and evaluate geospatial technology curricula and
training models 
*	Develop position descriptions and hiring criteria 
*	Develop industry defined performance indicators and skill
*	Provide a basis for development of foundational, cross-industry
*	Develop assessment and testing instruments 
*	Provide guidance for government investments in workforce
preparation strategies in geospatial technology. 

U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration




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