shrug-l: GISCI Considers Updates to GIS Professional Certification - Could include a test

Tripp Corbin tcorbin at
Thu Jul 8 18:10:15 EDT 2010

The GIS Certification Institute's Board of Directors today charged a
committee of certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) to propose revisions to
GISP certification requirements. Observing that "the geospatial
industry, and the GIS profession within it, has matured considerably"
since GISCI was founded in 2004, Board members unanimously endorsed a
GISP Certification Update Initiative.


According to GISCI President David DiBiase, "the purpose of GISP
certification is to advance the GIS profession by promoting competent
and ethical professional practice. Portfolio-based certification made
sense in 2004, when no authoritative specification of geospatial
competencies yet existed. The Department of Labor's recently issued
Geospatial Technology Competency Model helps fill that gap, and sets the
stage for serious consideration of competency-based GISP certification."


In addition to a "new competency-based examination requirement for some
or all applicants," the Board also asked GISCI's Certification Committee
to consider other changes that "increase rigor, streamline, eliminate
ambiguities, or otherwise update and improve existing certification
criteria and procedures."


GISCI's Certification Committee will deliver to the Board a proposed
GISP Certification Update plan before the end of the 2010 calendar year.
Following a month-long public comment period in early 2011, the Board
will decide whether to adopt, revise, or table the plan. If approved by
the GISCI Board, any new certification requirements are expected to take
effect three years from the date of approval.


"GISCI has certified over 4,500 GISPs," says Executive Director Sheila
Wilson. "Successful applicants submit portfolios that document
substantial achievements in education, professional experience, and
contributions to the profession. Many GISPs believe that an even more
rigorous certification process will further enhance their standing in
the geospatial field. "


For more information about GISCI and GISP certification, visit 


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


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