It seems that GIS certifications are in the news again. Read more and let us know what you think about these two new developments.
Esri Technical Certification
Esri has introduced its new Technical Certification Program, which is designed to recognize qualified individuals who are proficient in best practices for using Esri software. Esri Technical Certifications are awarded in different areas of expertise at both an Associate and Professional level. They are intended to be used as a way for Esri software users to benchmark their skills against a proven level of competency. A certification is awarded after an individual has taken and passed a proctored 90-95 question, multiple-choice, computer based exam. Candidates who achieve a passing score are deemed qualified in the respective domain and are subsequently awarded a certification.
Listen to an Esri podcast on the Technical Certification Program at http://www.esri.com/news/podcasts/podcasts.html#staff_mcgray_rosa.
The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is considering adding a mandatory competency-based examination to the requirements for attaining the GIS Professional (GISP) certification. The GISCI invites public review of its proposal to update requirements for GISP certification at http://www.gisci.org/. The GISCI Board of Directors will consider comments received between February 1 and February 28, 2011. A Board decision about proposed changes is expected in April 2011. The new examination process would go into effect in 2014.