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Statement on Licensure and Certification of GIS Professionals

From Directions Magazine “Worth a Click”:

Submitted by David DiBiase, April 27, 2011, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

“My one-year term as president of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) ended today. I fulfilled my pledge to help prepare a serious proposal to strengthen GISP certification, to shepherd the proposal through a formal public review, and to bring recommendations forward to the Board of Directors for consideration and vote. During my term the Board acknowledged publicly the need to update GISP certification. Moving forward, the 2011-12 GISCI Board is now debating the merits of further recommendations–including a mandatory competency-based examination. My one regret about my presidency is that we failed as an organization to take a stand about the legitimacy of the GIS profession and the value of voluntary certification. Here’s a statement I drafted. The statement is purely my own and is not endorsed by GISCI.” …

For full text of the article,  via Statement on Licensure and Certification of GIS Professionals | John A. Dutton e-Education Institute.


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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