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Friday, March 23, 2007

GISCI Revists Certification; Request Comments

GISCI is exploring competency-based certification. That means that candidates show prowess at certain skills. For now, the request if for input on using the “Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge”, 2006, developed by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). (No idea what that is? Listen to this podcast (Very Spatial) with David Dibiase who was involved with the most recent effort.)

What might the future hold?

GISCI is considering modifying its standard GISP application to include a requirement for the applicant to certify he or she has the range of knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in those 24 core competency units through some combination of education and experience. Eventually, GISCI could develop a GISP certification examination based on these standards.

The idea is that those seeking certification would submit specific courses/experience that show competence in 24 areas.

The public review period on the competency model lasts from 3/22/07 - 4/30/07. Website for competency issues is here. An FAQ is here. It’s a good starting point.

- Press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 08:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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