Today (Tuesday, March 29) we'll be hosting a webcast where we want to address some of the questions among geospatial professionals who may be confused or unaware of the new GISP requirements being entertained by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). Sheila Wilson, executive director and David DiBiase, president, will present information during the Directions OnPoint webcast at 2 p.m. Eastern today; registration is free. And, the event is not sponsored by Esri or any other vendor and herein lies some of the confusion because one of the most frequently posed questions is: "Is Esri Certification a competitor of GISCI?" This question comes directly from one of the registered attendees. Here are a few of the nearly 200 questions [and perhaps misconceptions ] already submitted by registered attendees that we hope to address today:
- I'm about 70% through with my application and planned to finish it in the next few weeks. How will this new process affect me?
- Is it possible to develop tiered exams for various GISP levels?
- [Are] testing requirements aligned with the new ESRI certs?
- To what extent will these new requirements be necessary for re-certification?
- What are the requirements?
- What study guides are available?
- What ideas are being considered for exam content standardization?
- How much will it cost ?
- What is GISCI's postiton regarding the ESRI certifications?
- Will advanced education have greater weight in the certification process?
- Will renewing a certification require an examination process?
- Will there be concentrated functional area tests or a single comprehensive exam?
I hope you will join us to have your questions addressed as well. We will be taking questions from the attendees that join the "live" webcast.