Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association

GISCI Board Organization Report
May 10, 2017

GISCI added the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge ExamR to the GISPR Certification process and issued the Inaugural Exam in November 2015. It was and is offered at PSI testing centers across the US and Internationally, is now being offered twice a year, in the summer and fall, and has been an unqualified success! It is a four-hour, multiple choice and multiple response exam requiring a 75% or greater score to pass.

Results of Implementation

An indication of the response it has generated can be gained by comparing the interest from various segments of the geospatial community before and after the exam addition. The exam has created a greater appreciation for and interest in the GISPR, shown by an increasing involvement from all sectors of the geospatial industry.

Before the exam, the GISPR numbers were approaching 7,000 and were comprised of the following segments:

• Consulting/Private firms approx 50%
• Government, all levels approx 40%
• Academia (Professors & Univ Tech Staff) 2%
• Students zero
• Other approx 8%

After the addition of the exam, the GISP numbers exceed 8,000 and are comprised of the following:

• Consulting/Private firms approx 45%
• Government, all levels approx 35%
• Academia (Professors & Univ Tech Staff) approx 8%
• Students approx 8%
• Other approx 4%

Before the addition of the exam, no one could apply for a GISPR until he/she had reached all levels of the Portfolio. Since the exam, anyone can start the application process at any time. In the last two years, in addition to the current 8,000+ active certificants, we have over 10,000 individuals of all types registered on the GISCI site, exploring the process, applying for the Portfolio, or applying to take the exam.

The increased level of interest is a direct result of the exam being seen across the industry as a positive addition that strengthens the GISPR, and it is being increasingly used as a screening tool by organizations that see it as a desired or preferred credential as a part of a job description.

Exam Preparation Materials

At the moment, three organizations are working to provide exam training/materials for prospective applicants, an area of great demand.

  • URISA is developing an Exam Prep Workshop to be offered at URISA events and conferences
  • The GeoTech Center, a GISCI partner organization, has developed an online self-assessment tool to allow individuals to gauge their self-assessed knowledge level across a range of geospatial knowledge areas
  • The GeoTech Center is also nearing completion of an online practice exam, keyed to the GISCI exam, but useful for other geospatial credentialing exams, as well. This will be a fee-based online exam, hopefully available by the end of the 2nd Qtr 2017.
  • GISCI is now developing a free practice exam, based on the 44 specific KSAs upon which the exam is based. We hope to have this completed and available in the 3rd Qtr 2017.

Exam Blueprint Update & Credentialing Accreditation

GISCI is now planning a review of the exam blueprint (the exam description) in order to keep the exam current and relevant. This could take place in 2018, keeping the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge ExamR relevant and applicable to the geospatial profession for years to come. In an effort to increase the quality of the credentialing process even more, we are pursuing all exam and certification activities with the intent of applying for accreditation as soon as possible.

Respectfully submitted by:
Bill Hodge, GISP
GISCI Executive Director

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