GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam

Next Testing Date: June 6-13, 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 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 in June & Dec
  • 2019 Revised Blueprint requires that a new passing score be determined from the analysis of the December Exam results.
  • Is 4 hours and contains 180 questions. 100 of those questions will be scored
  • Questions not scored will be evaluated for use as scored questions in the future
  • Candidates will not know scored vs pre-test questions
  • Questions will come from the following Knowledge Categories, effective 7/5/2019:
    • 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
  • Pass rates have reached 60%
  • Reporting is pass/fail only - you will not be provided a final score
  • Failed candidates will receive a performance report on each of the 10 Knowledge Categories to assist with study for re-testing
  • Slots are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis, so apply and schedule early; slots 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 be unproductive


  • GISP Portfolio Review (Ethics, Education, Experience, Contributions): $100
  • GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Exam Fee: $250 for North American location, $ 300 for an International location 
  • 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 and submit application
  2. CONFIRM: Receive email submission confirmation
  3. PAY: Pay the Exam fees
  4. SCHEDULE: Receive PSI email authorization confirmation and arrange the Exam time and location with PSIOnline (our testing provider)


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