URISA Certification Initiative Approved 12.17.2001
The URISA Board unanimously approved the URISA Certification Committee's proposed schedule for public discussion, testing, evaluating, and implementation of a proposed certification program for GIS professionals. The URISA Certification Committee members spent over three hours debating the details of this proposal at the Long Beach conference. This followed three years of honest and professional debate about the pros and cons of GIS Certification. The schedule covers two years: a six-month period for public debate, a one-year pilot period for testing, and time for evaluating and revising the system prior to a final approval scheduled for the URISA Annual Conference in October 2003. The URISA Board of Directors strongly encourages all GIS professionals to study the proposal and enter into the discussion that will follow over the next six months. The proposed GIS Certification Program is detailed on the URISA Website, www.urisa.org.