What is Changing in GIS Certification . And why should I be Certified? Eric Bohard, GISP. What’s Out There?. ASPRS - Certified GIS/LIS Technologist Approx. 10 ASPRS - Certified Mapping Scientist Approx. 70 SSSI - GIS Professional (Asia/Pacific) Approx. 90 GISCI – GIS Professional
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And why should I be Certified?
Eric Bohard, GISP
(there is some double counting with individuals being certified in multiple programs)
To ensure ethical behavior by members of the profession and provide a basis for judging the validity of allegations or complaints against GIS practitioners
Licensure – The granting of a license to practice or be titled a profession. Often regulated by states and indoctrinated in legislation. Designed to protect the public’s health, safety, and guard against incompetence
GISP is a certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct, educational achievement, and professional practice by making contributions to the profession as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)
Should I pursue the certification if I am a frequent user of GIS in my job as a _______ (planner, landscape architect, engineer, forester, etc)?
Core technical tasks and knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) for GIS professionals are identified through focus groups of GIS Professional Subject Matter Experts (SME’s or job incumbents). SME’s are from a full range of GIS jobs and sectors. The process also includes consideration of the Geographic Information Science & Technology Body of Knowledge. SME’s rate the tasks and KSA’s. The tasks and KSA’s are linked together.
The exam blueprint will be derived from the Job Analysis results and will lay out the content of the exam. It will indicate the task-related knowledges that will be included on the exam and the extent to which they will be covered.
A team of SME’s will be trained in item writing by professional test developers and will write the exam questions in a workshop setting. Each question goes through several iterations of review and rewriting before becoming part of the item bank.
The specific exam(s) will be constructed for the item bank, according to the blueprint
A large group of SME’s will take the exam
Standard setting or “pass score” determination will be developed by a group of senior SME’s working as a team. They will follow procedures standard to the professional certification and exam development industry