GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam

Next Testing Date: Dec 5-12, 2020 

Deadline to Apply: Two Weeks before first test date

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The GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge ExamR is a groundbreaking development in the geospatial profession, software-agnostic, based upon a job analysis from a four-year experience level, informed by the GIS&T Body of Knowledge, guided by the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), and centered upon the ten key knowledge areas shown elsewhere on these pages. It was developed by GISPs for the GISP Certification.

The GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge ExamR measures a breadth of geospatial knowledge across the 10 Content Areas specified, not a depth of knowledge in any one area.

                                                                   A completed Portfolio Application is not required in order to test.

The Exam

  • Is based on the Revised Exam Blueprint 2019
  • Is written at a 4 year experience level and written by qualified  GISPs, consulting with qualified psychometricians
  • Can  be taken whenever it is offered, regardless of the status of your Portfolio Application
  • Is offered at proctored PSI testing locations around the world only in June & Dec
  • Scheduling for the Fall exam will start in July
  • Exam times and loctions are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis;  candidates are advised to apply early
  • Is 4 hours and contains 100 scored questions
  • Contains additional pre-test questions, not scored, which will be evaluated for use as scored questions in the future
  • Candidates will not be able to identify scored vs non-scored, pre-test questions
  • Measures proficiency in profession competencies, not proficiency in your job
  • Questions will come from the following Knowledge Categories, effective 7/5/2019, as described in the 2019 Revised Exam Blueprint:
    • Conceptual Foundations (10%)
    • Geospatial Data Fundamentals (15%)
    • Cartography & Visualization (10%)
    • Data Acquisition (11%)
    • Data Manipulation ( 11%)
    • Analytical Methods (11%)
    • Database Design & Management (10%)
    • Application Development (7%)
    • Systems Design & Management (7%)
    • Professional Practice (8%)
  • Information on these areas, is available here:   Revised Exam Candidate Manual 2019
  • Passing is a scaled score 73
  • Pass rates have reached 60%
  • Reporting is pass/fail only - you will not be provided a final score
  • Pass/Fail notice will go out within 4 weeks of exam closing, after a full GISCI review and confirmation of results
  • Failed candidates will receive a performance report on each of the 10 Knowledge Categories to assist with study for re-testing
  • Testing slots are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis, so apply and schedule early; space may be unavailable in the few weeks before the start date
  • Scheduling is done through PSI Support in KS after authorization by GISCI;  direct contact with a local testing center will not secure an exam slot


  • GISP Portfolio Review (Ethics, Education, Experience, Contributions): $100
  • GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Exam Fees:
    • $ 250/exam/atttempt  for North American location,
    • $ 300/exam/attempt  for an International location 
    • 1st time Exam Application Fee (one-time):  $ 100
  • All GISPs and all recertifying GISPs will be subject to an annual maintenance fee of $95/year, payable on the 1st anniversary of initial GISP Certification, or upon recertification approval.
  • Active GISPs looking to recertify do not have to take the Exam.

Those whose certification has expired and have exceeded the one-year grace period will be required to pass the Exam in order to be reinstated.



  1. APPLY: Access via your log in credentials and submit exam application to GISCI
  2. CONFIRM: Receive email exam application confirmation
  3. PAY: Pay the Exam fees to GISCI (Either pay online at checkout, or request payment instructions via email)
  4. SCHEDULE: After payment confirmation, receive PSI email authorization confirmation, and select the Exam time & location with PSIOnline (our testing provider)


The map provides possible PSI testing locations, worldwide. Please be sure to confirm an available testing location with GISCI or PSI.

Data updated 9/1/2020