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Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers GISCI’s GISP® Certification, Evolution, and Future Directions Rebecca Somers Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants Bill Hodge GISCI Geospatial Credentialing Forum October 8, 2014 Dulles, VA GIS Certification Institute
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers GISP® Certification Development and Status Update and Alignment of GISP® Certification Future Directions for GISCI Certification What it Means Now 2 Overview
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers GISP® Certification Development and Status Feasibility & Discussion Dev. of GISP® Certification Process GISCI Nearly 6000 GISPs URISA Certification Committee 1990s Current GISP® Certification Process: Portfolio—experience, education, contributions 3
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Professional Certification Development Feasibility GISP® Cert.GISCI 6000 GISPs Comm. 1990s GISCI GISP® Certification NCCA/ICE (Nat. Commission for Certifying Agencies/Institute for Credentialing Excellence) ANSI/ISO ~ NCCA/NOCACertification StandardsICE Update ANSI/ISO 17024: Personnel CertificationUpdate Start accred. & exam
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Professional Certification Standards NCCA and ANSI set professional certification standards NCCA and ANSI accredit certifying organizations GISCI plans to meet these standards and achieve accreditation for the GISP® Certification and any other certifications it may develop 5 Certification is for protection of the public, not just advancement of the profession.
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Professional Certification Standards Validated by a Job Analysis Independent Accreditation – Assessment instrument—process & result – Certifying organization’s operations – Certifying organization’s governance 6
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Job Analysis Job Definition & Certification Purpose KSAs Tasks Linkage & Validity Assessment Instrument Certification Job Analysis Resources: Lit., References, BoK, Best Practices Psychometric Validation/review 7 Certification/Assess- ment Specification
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Job Analysis – Essential method for determining the content of a certification assessment – Must adhere to accepted methodology – Must demonstrate and document job-relatedness – Unambiguously required by psychometric standards Not directly derived from – Competency model or skills list (GISCI used the GTCM Tier 4, core technical competencies, as a guideline) – General BoK (GISCI used GIS&T BoK used as reference) – Best practices Professional Certification is Based On 8
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Addition of an exam to strengthen the GISP® certification Align with Job Analysis Prepare for accreditation GISP® Certification Update 9
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers First direct job analysis for GIS professionals Several focus groups of job incumbents spanning all sectors, job types, and levels of experience (more than 50) Validation survey--more than 350 individuals spanning all sectors, job types, and experience levels Results vary somewhat from GIS&T BoK and GTCM—mostly in emphasis Job Analysis 10
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Exam Development Job Analysis Exam Blueprint Exam Content Pilot Cut Score Final Exam 11
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Validate (with respect to Job Analysis results) Adjust (to Job Analysis results) Alignment of Portfolio Requirements 12
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Exam (to supplement portfolio) Process validation and documentation Operational adjustments Governance adjustments Preparation for Accreditation 13
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Not only validate GISP® certification through accreditation… GISP® certification will serve as foundation for other certifications Established standard certification process: – Can be applied to new certification development processes – Can be integrated with other certification development processes (standard linkages) Moving Forward 14
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Sponsoring organization or interest group discuss with GISCI—define job/certification Determine relationship to GISP® certification GISCI follow standard certification development process (job analysis, validation, etc.) SMEs, job incumbents, and resources from across industry Certification granted and operated by GISCI Business driver—membership/activity for sponsoring organization Additional/Specialty GIS Certifications 15
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers GISCI Job Definition & Certification Purpose KSAs Tasks Linkage & Validity Assessment Instrument Certification Job Analysis Guidance on Resources Psychometric Validation/review 16 Certification/Assess- ment Specification Industry-wide Job Incumbents & SMEs Job Description/Scope Membership/ Services “Sponsor” Relationship to GISP ® Additional/Specialty GIS Certifications
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Job Analysis – Essential method for determining the content of a certification assessment – Must adhere to accepted methodology – Must demonstrate and document job-relatedness Not based on – Competency model or skill list, BoK, or best practices – These are references Certifying organizations need to follow Professional Certification standards, practices, and guidelines Additional GIS Professional Certifications Based On 17
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Two-part GISP® certification process: Portfolio and Exam Begin application process at any time with either component 6 years to complete application What to Expect 18
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® Blueprint Knowledge Area Conceptual Foundations Cartography and Visualization GIS Design Aspects and Data Modeling GIS Analytical Methods Data Manipulation Geospatial Data Weight 12% 14% 29% 17% 15% 13% 19
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Exam pilot late 2014 GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® summer 2015 All GISP® certification applicants will be required to take the exam once it starts What to Expect 20
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Minimal change in the portfolio component 5 year renewal period Renew without exam What to Expect 21
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Other certification developments Stay tuned… – Watch for announcements – Visit gisci.org Sign up to participate in exam development at gisci.org What to Expect 22
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers More than just an exam… Alignment of GISP® certification and GISCI with accepted professional certification development standards and practice Validation of GISP® certification Stronger foundation for additional/related GIS certifications Summary 23
Copyright © 2014 GISCI and Rebecca Somers Bill Hodge, GISCI Executive Director: Rebecca Somers, GISCI Exam Development Project Manager: stclaire.com For More Information 24
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