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

Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) Certification

What is a GISP?

  • A GISP is a certified geographic information systems (GIS) professional.
  • A GISP has met the minimum standards for educational achievement, professional experience, and manner in which he or she contributes back to the profession.
  • A GISP must abide by higher guidelines for ethical behavior.
  • A GISP continues to educate and re-educate him or herself while preparing for recertification.
  • A GISP has had their professional background scrutinized and reviewed by an independent third party organization. An Institute comprised of leading non-profit associations (AAG, NSGIC, UCGIS, and URISA) focused on the application of GIS and geospatial technology. 

In order to become a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP), you must fulfill the requirements set forth by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). The GISCI is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that provides the geographic information systems (GIS) community with a complete certification program. GISCI offers participants from the first early years on the job until retirement a positive method of developing value for professionals and employers in the GIS profession.

Member organizations of the GISCI include, The Association of American Geographers (AAG), The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), The University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Our region's own Lyna Wiggins and Josh Greenfeld were two of the originators of the GISP credential and Peirce Eichelberger served on the first board of directors of the GISCI. For more information on the GISP Certification program, please contact the GISCI via their website at http://www.gisci.org. If you require any documentation for attendance at past MAC URISA events, please contact our secretary at info@macurisa.org.

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