Certification in GIS

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The issue of GIS certification continues to be a controversial topic. Find articles about the goals for certification and read the arguments for and against certification in the GIS profession.

GIS Certification versus Certificate Programs
What is the different between a certificate program and GIS certification?

Background on International GIS Professional Certification
April 2000 background article by Karen Kemp on ISO’s involvement in the GIS certification effort.

Educational Policy and GIS: Accreditation and Certification
June 1997 article by Nancy J. Obermeyer of Indiana State University and Harlan J. Onsrud of the University of Maine.

Esri Technical Certification
Technical certification program by Esri offering exam-based certification in its software programs.

GIS Education
GIS Programs
GIS Distance Learning
GIS Tutorials
K-12 GIS Education

GIS Professional Certification
April 2007 interview by GIS Monitor with Scott Grams, the Executive Director of GISCI.  The article also has a brief background on the certification effort.

GIS Certification Institute
Rolled out January 1, 2004, GISCI is the site for information on how to become GISP certified.

GISP Certification Update
GISCI is in the process of being updated.

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  1. I am the chair of the GIS program at Lawson State Community College in Alabama. I am looking for agencies to certify our GIS program. I have found individual certifications do you know of any program certifications?

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