Park Ridge, Il. - With the April 2007 cohort of Certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) surpassed the 1,500 GIS professional milestone. The first group of GISPs was certified in October of 2003 as a result of the pilot program used to test the rigor of the process. The Institute formally opened its doors on January 1, 2004. There are now 1,540 GISPs as of April 25, 2007.
”Increasing numbers of GIS professionals are realizing the value of
professional certification in dealing with other professionals,” said
GISCI President Bruce Joffe, GISP. “Increasing numbers of non-GIS managers, and
human resources professionals, are relying on ‘GISP’ to indicate a GIS
professional's experience and education."
April was additionally historic as GISCI welcomed its
largest cohort of GISPs on record. 61 GISPs were certified in April putting it
slightly ahead of the largest previous cohort of 58 GISPs certified in March
GISCI expected the growth of applications to remain steady in 2007 but numbers
appear to be swelling. Already the number of GISPs has surpassed initial
estimates for the first quarter. GISCI attributes the growth to better
recognition of the credential by the industry, GISP-to-colleague networking,
and the importance of properly defining GIS as a profession.
Applications are processed individually and then verified as part of a monthly
group. This makes it impossible to determine the identity of the 1,500th GISP.
All members of the April 2007 cohort can take pride in knowing it was their
application that helped GISCI attain this important achievement. Credit also
goes to the 1,479 GISPs who preceded them.
The full manifest of Certified GIS Professionals is on the website. To download
application materials or for more information regarding the GISCI Certification
www.gisci.orgor call (847)
GIS Certification Institute Certifies More Than 1,500 Certified GIS Professionals and Welcomes Largest Monthly Cohort Ever
May 15, 2007