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Exam Candidate Manual

 The exam measures professional competence and preparing for and passing it requires mastery of material.  This is what GISCI and the industry are about.  Therefore, GISCI has taken the position that we will not simply produce a sample exam or a series of training modules that will allow an individual to  read over that material and enable them to pass the exam. That isn't mastery of material, which is what we intend to measure. 

Consistent with that philosophy, we have produced the first round of preparation materials, available below as the Exam Candidate Manual.   The Knowledge areas are correlated  to  the GIS&T Body of Knowledge, and each area of that publication has the most consolidated list of references that will provide in-depth reading within that specific GIS&T Knowledge Area.  The exam tests knowledge at the core of each knowledge area in a software agnostic manner. 

The exam we crafted is meant to measure a level of geospatial competence acquired over the course of an individual's career, and there is no simple pathway that can be provided to allow a shortcut in knowledge acquisition.   We have chosen to provide a description of the knowledge areas to be covered in a specific enough way to allow for an understanding of exam content, and we then rely upon an individual's ability and initiative to explore resources available that will provide the level of knowledge needed to pass the exam, based on her or his present level of experience and training. 

Each individual is urged to take the exam seriously, regardless of educational background or experience level, and the prep information will help you to assess your strengths and weaknesses regarding the exam material.  

The current Exam Candidate Manual can be found here:   this exam blueprint description information will be updated as more complete references come available.

 Exam Candidate Manual - Download Here

The exam questions cover the  Knowledge Categories below:

  • Conceptual Foundations (12%)
  • Cartography & Visualization (14%)
  • GIS Design Aspects & Data Modeling (29%)
  • GIS Analytical Methods (17%)
  • Data Manipulation (15%)
  • Geospatial Data (13%)

For more information on these areas, consult the Exam Candidate Manual, available as a download higher on this page. You are strongly urged to investigate and pay particular attention to the 44 KSAs upon which the Exam is based.

In addition consult the UCGIS-produced GIS&T Body of Knowledge, 1st Ed (available from the AAG), providing  more specific references from each Knowledge Category.  We anticipate that additional exam prep materials will become available from GISCI and other organizations  in 2017 and beyond.   The 2016 Updated GIS&T Body of Knowledge is available from UCGIS.  

For other questions, contact Bill Hodge, Executive Director  

info@gisci.org