For the last five years, we have conducted this survey in an attempt to get some idea of how widely GIS certifications have been adopted and promoted within organizations that use GIS technology or services at any level. We hope to find out if the growing number of certifications is indeed an indication of growing acceptance within the industry. We also hope to determine which certifications if any have the greatest value.
If you would like to see a summary of last years survey which was presented at the GIS Pro conference in Jacksonville Florida last year go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/10JKRsQuk7t7NOLh4xWYgzBuFwWCEBD5I/view?usp=sharing.
One consistent trend we have noted is the confusion between Certification, a Certificate and a License. These are three different things. Having a certificate or a degree does not mean you are certified. It means you have completed a specific course of study. A license (such as a Professional Surveyor or Engineer) is governed and granted by a governmental body designated by law to do so. The law dictates the requirements for getting and maintaining the license and what is considered the professional practice which requires the license. Certification is a voluntary credential that is managed by a non-governmental body. It indicates some level of knowledge and experience. Typically, there are two types, Professional (GISP, CMS, CP) and Technical (Esri Desktop Associate, Microsoft Certified Professional).
Please take the time to respond if you use GIS (even if it is not your primary job), oversee GIS staff hiring, help in the selection process of GIS Vendors or write GIS policies for your organization. The results will be presented in a presentation at the GIS Pro Conference in Palm Springs California as part of the dedicated Preparing for the GISP Certification workshop (http://www.urisa.org/gis-pro) as well as other conferences.