The GIS Certification Institute's (GISCI) Grandfathering Provision Ends December 31, 2008
A typical applicant for Geographic Information Systems Professional
(GISP(r)) certification must claim and document achievement in three distinct categories:
2. Professional Experience (professional positions involving GIS).
3. Contributions to the Profession (professional and personal activities designed to elevate and promote the GIS profession to others).
Due to the lack of widespread GIS-related educational and professional activities in years past, the Grandfathering Provision makes those areas optional for seasoned practitioners. If an applicant claims at least 200 Professional Experience points, the education and contributions sections of the application are noncompulsory. 200 points is three times the amount of professional experience that a traditional applicant must claim. Grandfathering is not a fast track to certification. Instead, it attempts to mirror the career trajectories of dedicated visionaries.