The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program during a general session at its GEOINT 2016 Symposium, marking a milestone for the GEOINT Community.
USGIF’s certification program includes three exams with corresponding certifications: GIS and Analysis Tools (CGP-G); Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R); and Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D). A fourth competency — data visualization — is incorporated throughout all of the exams.
Available to U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across industry, military, academia and government, the certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further their education and training, take the next step in career advancement, or showcase his or her understanding of GEOINT.
Each of the three exams and subsequent professional certifications are valuable as standalone credentials, according to USGIF. However, GEOINT practitioners who earn and maintain all three USGIF certifications simultaneously will be eligible to apply for USGIF’s overarching Universal GEOINT Professional (UGP) designation.
USGIF recognized six Universal GEOINT Professionals that achieved the UGP designation during the program’s pilot testing phase. The first UGP recipients are: Talbot Brooks, Stewart Bruce, Chris Johnson, Angel Martinez, Christopher Stahl and Michael Wood.
Also during the pilot testing phase, 26 individuals achieved the CGP-G certification, 37 earned the CGP-R designation and 28 achieved CGP-G recognition.
Parallel with USGIF’s efforts, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has created a certification program designed specifically for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Enterprise. USGIF and NGA have agreed upon a plan for reciprocity. The goal between the programs is to achieve transferability through the concept of functional equivalence, which allows hiring officials to agree that more than one certification meets current organizational needs.
The concept of transportable and transparent professional certification with universal applicability will continue to be paramount to USGIF membership as well as to the growing global GEOINT Community.
USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges.