The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) has incorporated URISA’s Geospatial Management Competency Model (GMCM) in its Competency Model Clearinghouse.
Des Plaines, Ill. - The U.S. Department of Labor Employment
and Training Administration (DOLETA) has incorporated URISA’s Geospatial
Management Competency Model (GMCM) in its
Competency Model Clearinghouse.
This endorsement follows a year-long effort to draft the GMCM by a task force
of 18 contributors and a public review process that attracted 100 comments.
Of the 20 industries that have published competency models,
the Geospatial industry is the first to have specified management
competencies. Dr. Jennifer Troke of
DOLETA’s Office of Workforce Investment called the GMCM “a groundbreaking
URISA’s Geospatial Management Competency Modelspecifies 74
essential competencies and 18 competency areas that characterize the work of
most successful managers in the geospatial industry. The GMCM is an element of
DOLETA’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), which specifies the
foundational (Tiers 1-3), industry-wide (Tier 4) and industry sector-specific
(Tier 5) expertise characteristic of the various occupations that comprise the
geospatial industry. Descriptions of individual geospatial occupations,
including occupation-specific competencies and job requirements (Tiers 6-8),
are published inDOLETA’s O*NET occupation database. The GMCM
corresponds to Tier 9 of the GTCM.
Competency models are used to guide individual professional
development, to help people move up or over in an organization or industry, to
help educators and trainers develop curricula that address workforce needs, to
inform development of interview protocols, as requirements for professional
certification, and as criteria for academic program accreditation and
The GMCM is a key component of URISA’s recently announced
GIS Management Institute (GMI) initiative. The initiative will be a key topic
of discussion at GIS-Pro 2012:URISA’s 50th annual conferencein Portland, Ore.
According to URISA President Greg Babinski, “Development of
the Geospatial Management Competency Model once again demonstrates URISA
leadership in the field. For almost 50 years now, URISA has been identifying
and addressing challenges in the practical application of technology for urban
and regional systems. The GMCM continues that practice, and the intellectual
capital it represents for the geospatial profession will be a key resource to
help develop a GIS management body of knowledge.”
URISA’s qualifications to organize the GMCM effort include
its nearly 50-year history as one of the founding organizations of the GIS
profession, its successful organization of the GIS Certification Institute and
the URISA Leadership Academy, and its healthy working relationships with other
professional and scientific associations in the geospatial field through the
Coalition on Geospatial Organizations (COGO).
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URISA Geospatial Management Competency Model Accepted by U.S. Department of Labor
August 22, 2012