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GISCI Exam Development Press Release
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As the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) celebrates its first decade of success, it continues to move forward with the production of an Exam component and an investigation of how that can augment its well-received voluntary portfolio process. 

At its annual strategic planning meeting in Denver, August 4, 2012, the GISCI Board selected and contracted with a Project Manager to guide the efforts to develop and deploy an exam component for the GIS Professional Certification by 2015.  

Rebecca Somers, GISP, is a principal with Somers-St. Claire GIS Management Consultants.  She has taken the lead in guiding the GISCI and the Exam Development Workgroup, formed in August 2012, of industry representatives from GISCI Member Organizations, in the completion of this phase of the exam project, including engaging a leading exam development consultant. 

The Exam Development Workgroup has made great progress in exam planning and the development planning process is now approaching completion.

The Board expects to make its decisions regarding exam development by the First Quarter of 2013, and the target date for the Exam launch is the First Quarter of 2015.  Throughout the exam development process, GISCI will seek the participation of many GIS professionals.

GISCI President, Mike Vanhook remarks: “This is a very exciting and challenging time for GISCI. Our organization has taken on significant efforts to improve the certification process and add value to the GISP. Rebecca Somers has done an exceptional job. She continues to meet our expectations with timely and quality results that will provide GISCI with the best possible outcome. We are ready to review the Exam Development Plan and to begin developing the exam. With ongoing efforts GISCI is leading the way in GIS professional certification and we are proud to do this for our GIS professional community.”

GISCI began its GIS Professional (GISP) certification program in 2003 with foundational support from URISA and continued management services. Since that time, GISCI has grown to become an independent, not-for-profit organization with more than 5000 GISPs.  GISCI is comprised of five geospatial organizations: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). 

The Board has embarked on a methodical, multi-stage process to carefully explore, develop, and implement a competency based examination by 2015, reflecting a conviction that portfolio-based certification augmented by such an examination has the potential to further advance the profession.




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