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Is an Exam in Your Future? Past, Present, Future of GIS Certification

GISCI Executive Director on Past, Present, Future of GISP

By Sheila Wilson, Directions Magazine, Sunday, February 27th 2011

Summary: GISCI’s Executive Director Sheila Wilson writes about the addition of an exam to the GISP certification process. She addresses “the history of the debate, where we stand now, and the options being discussed by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).”

Should the GIS professional (GISP) certification include an exam? That question has been asked since the idea of GIS certification originated with the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA). This article will discuss the history of the debate, where we stand now, and the options being discussed by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).

For full article, visit: GISCI Executive Director on Past, Present, Future of GISP – Directions Magazine.


NSGIC News: Should There Be An Exam for GIS Certification? (Updated)

Should There Be An Exam for GIS Certification?

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is looking for input on a proposal to update the requirements for GIS Professional (GISP) certification. A major part of the proposed update (PDF) is the addition of a required examination. The proposal has been placed on-line for comments at gisci.ideascale.com.

For full text of the article, visit NSGIC News: Should There Be An Exam for GIS Certification? (Updated).

Developing the Geospatial Workforce

Do we have a sufficient geospatial workforce to meet national needs and spur innovation? Several efforts by the National Geospatial Advisory Committee, NRC Mapping Science Committee, ASPRS, Association of American Geographers, and others are exploring this issue.

National Geospatial Advisory Committee – Workforce Development Subcommittee

National Research Council Ongoing Studies and Reports


  • The National Research Council (NRC) will be conducting a study on the future U.S. workforce for geospatial intelligence.  An ad hoc committee will examine the need for geospatial intelligence expertise in the United States compared with the production of experts in the relevant disciplines, and discuss possible ways to ensure adequate availability of the needed expertise.

Geospatial Occupations

Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge

  • DiBiase, D. DeMers, M., Johnson, A., Kemp, K., Luck, A.T., Plewe, B. and E. Wentz (eds.) 2006. Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge. First Edition. Published by the Association of American Geographers and the UCGIS. Washington DC. 162pp.




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US Dept of Labor Announces Geospatial Technology Competency Model

US Department of Labor announces release of Geospatial Technology Competency Model

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today announced the release of an industry competency model for geospatial technology. There are now 16 models available on the Competency Model Clearinghouse available through the department’s One-Stop Career Centers website. The Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by researching and analyzing publicly available resources, existing skill standards, competency-based curricula and certifications to provide an employer-driven framework of the skills needed for success in geospatial technology.

“Competency models offer workers an opportunity to learn what it takes to enter a particular field,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The geospatial model serves as a guide for those who want to both find a good job and map out a long-term career pathway in any of several geospatial technology fields including surveying and mapping, computer science and information science.”

The model will serve as a resource for career guidance, curriculum development and evaluation, career pathway development, recruitment and hiring, continuing professional development, certification and assessment development, apprenticeship program development and outreach efforts to promote geospatial technology careers.

ETA worked with employer and education partners for two years to develop and validate a model that represents the broad range of services, technical and manufacturing professions, and products within the fields of geography, surveying and mapping, computer science, information science and other specialized areas of application that comprise geospatial technology. The GeoTech Center, a government, academia and industry partnership funded, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation and based at Del Mar College, led the validation process.

The model builds on previous efforts to describe geospatial industry skill needs, including the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed at the University of Southern Mississippi. The new model groups competencies into foundational competencies, core geospatial competencies and competencies for three geospatial sectors: positioning and data acquisition, analysis and modeling, and software and application development.

To access the new competency model, visit the Competency Model Clearinghouse at http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/.

For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs visit http://www.doleta.gov.

ASPRS Offers Draft Procurement Guidelines for Comment


In this months issue of PE&RS (Vol. 74, No. 11, pp. 1286-1295), the ASPRS Procurement Guidelines Committee, an ad hoc committee appointed by the ASPRS leadership, published draft for review guidelines for the pucurement of Professional Aerial Imagery, Photogrammetry, Lidar and Related Remote Sensor-based Geospatial Mapping Services. The Committee includes represention from the ASPRS Professional Practices Division, ASPRS members from state and federal government, the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). The ASPRS is soliciting comments on these guidelines, with the intention of finalizing the document for ASPRS Board approval at its March 13, 2009 meeting. Comments should be forwarded via email to guidelines@aspsr.org no later than January 15, 2009.

The definition of geospatial “professoinal” services, as described in such guidelines, has been a point of contention among surveying and mapping and geospatial organizations.  The Executive Summary of the ASPRS Procurement Guidelines states that:

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