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July 8, 2010

GISCI Considers Updates to GIS Professional Certification – Could include a test

Looks like we are already seeing the impact of the new core compentency model. The GISCI is looking to use it as a possible basis to help tighten the requirements for the GISP certification. One can most likely assume this would be a test. Below is the official press release from the GISCI.

From the GISCI:

The GIS Certification Institute’s Board of Directors today charged a committee of certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) to propose revisions to GISP certification requirements. Observing that “the geospatial industry, and the GIS profession within it, has matured considerably” since GISCI was founded in 2004, Board members unanimously endorsed a GISP Certification Update Initiative.

According to GISCI President David DiBiase, “the purpose of GISP certification is to advance the GIS profession by promoting competent and ethical professional practice. Portfolio-based certification made sense in 2004, when no authoritative specification of geospatial competencies yet existed. The Department of Labor’s recently issued Geospatial Technology Competency Model helps fill that gap, and sets the stage for serious consideration of competency-based GISP certification.”

In addition to a “new competency-based examination requirement for some or all applicants,” the Board also asked GISCI’s Certification Committee to consider other changes that “increase rigor, streamline, eliminate ambiguities, or otherwise update and improve existing certification criteria and procedures.”

 GISCI’s Certification Committee will deliver to the Board a proposed GISP Certification Update plan before the end of the 2010 calendar year. Following a month-long public comment period in early 2011, the Board will decide whether to adopt, revise, or table the plan. If approved by the GISCI Board, any new certification requirements are expected to take effect three years from the date of approval.

 “GISCI has certified over 4,500 GISPs,” says Executive Director Sheila Wilson. “Successful applicants submit portfolios that document substantial achievements in education, professional experience, and contributions to the profession. Many GISPs believe that an even more rigorous certification process will further enhance their standing in the geospatial field. ”

 For more information about GISCI and GISP certification, visit http://www.gisci.org

US Department of Labor announces release of Geospatial Technology Competency Model

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today announced the release of an industry competency model for geospatial technology. There are now 16 models available on the Competency Model Clearinghouse available through the department’s One-Stop Career Centers website. The Geospatial Technology Competency Model has been developed by researching and analyzing publicly available resources, existing skill standards, competency-based curricula and certifications to provide an employer-driven framework of the skills needed for success in geospatial technology.

“Competency models offer workers an opportunity to learn what it takes to enter a particular field,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “The geospatial model serves as a guide for those who want to both find a good job and map out a long-term career pathway in any of several geospatial technology fields including surveying and mapping, computer science and information science.”

The model will serve as a resource for career guidance, curriculum development and evaluation, career pathway development, recruitment and hiring, continuing professional development, certification and assessment development, apprenticeship program development and outreach efforts to promote geospatial technology careers.

ETA worked with employer and education partners for two years to develop and validate a model that represents the broad range of services, technical and manufacturing professions, and products within the fields of geography, surveying and mapping, computer science, information science and other specialized areas of application that comprise geospatial technology. The GeoTech Center, a government, academia and industry partnership funded, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation and based at Del Mar College, led the validation process.

The model builds on previous efforts to describe geospatial industry skill needs, including the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed at the University of Southern Mississippi. The new model groups competencies into foundational competencies, core geospatial competencies and competencies for three geospatial sectors: positioning and data acquisition, analysis and modeling, and software and application development.

To access the new competency model, visit the Competency Model Clearinghouse at http://www.careeronestop.org/competencymodel/.

For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs visit http://www.doleta.gov.

ArcGIS to Adobe Illustrator

Occasionally you might get a request to supply someone with a map that they can use in a Adobe Illustrator. ArcGIS gives you the tools you need to do this, but to avoid trial and error here’s a quick tip for outputting your map to an Adobe Illustrator compatible format.

Design your map in ArcGIS and once finished:

  1. Click File-Export Map
  2. In the Save as Type drop down, select EPS (*.eps)
  3. In the Options section, click the Format tab.
  4. Set your options as shown below.


By setting your output as shown the recipient will be able to work with your annotations and read them since using embedded fonts may cause issues in Illustrator.

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