Application Information


Deadline to Apply: Will reopen in late January 2024.

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The Exam & Portfolio are both required to obtain your GISP, but either can be started 1st and the other finished after.


  • REGISTRATION: The GISP Certification process can be started at any time in your career. Register on the GISCI Home Page to access the online Portfolio Application.
  • EXAM/PORTFOLIO REVIEW: GISCI offers the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam to individuals independent of the portfolio review process. Anyone can start the application process at any time via the Exam or the portfolio review.
  • CERTIFICATION: At final GISP approval, applicants must:
    • Have 4 years equivalent full-time geospatial experience
    • Meet the Portfolio Requirements (minimum point requirements in Education, Experience, and Contributions)
    • Show a knowledge of GIS across a broad area by passing the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam
    • Complete all requirements within 6 years from date of Portfolio approval or passing the Exam
  • RECERTIFICATON: Certification lasts three years, and recertification is required every additional three years. No GISP whose certification is in active status will be required to take the Exam for recertification.
  • All applicants at the time of initial application submission must complete all certification requirements within 6 years from either a Portfolio application approval or passing the Exam.


  • GISP Portfolio Review (one-time): $200
  • GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Exam Fee: $250 in  North American location -  $300 for International location
  • All new GISPs and all recertifying GISPs will be subject to an annual fee of $95/year.  The first year is included with the initial certification; years 2 and 3 will be invoiced on the 2nd and 3rd anniversaries of initial GISP Certification.
  • Please note a $20 processing fee will be applied to all refunds to cover the costs associtated with processing the refund.


  • If you are awarded a GISP Certification, you do not become a member of GISCI in the way that you belong to other geospatial or professional organizations. GISCI awards the GISP Certification to qualified individuals. However, all professionals approved for GISP Certification are eligible to receive a free one year membership with one of GISCI's Member Organizations: URISA.
  • Be advised that certification fees are not a charitable contribution. Whether it is deductible for an individual or a company depends upon one's individual situation. Consult a tax attorney for more information.
  • The GISCI application process demands sensitive information be included with the application portfolio. The GISCI Privacy Statement details how GISCI protects and uses personal information.