Recertification for Existing GISP Certification:

Recertification Fee (For Expiration Date & recertification submitted prior to July 1, 2015):  $ 115 for a five (5) year period.

Recertification Fee (For GISP recertification after July 1, 2015):    $ 95/year for a three (3) year period.

The GISCI Board announced on February 16, 2015,  the long-anticipated changes to the GISP certification process that were decided during the first meeting of 2015.   These changes come about after a decade of unchanged certification and renewal fees, and affect both current and future GISP certification holders.  They were made in order to increase the value, recognition and long term viability of the GISP certification and the GISCI organization.


Changes for Current GISP Professionals:

1.  All current professionals holding GISP certification with a recertification date after July 1, 2015 will recertify for a 3 year period, and will pay an annual renewal fee of $95 for each of the three years of the new recertification period.  The portfolio points for continuing education and service to the profession required for the 3-year recertification will be reduced proportionately from the current 5 year requirements.


2. All current professionals holding GISP certification with a recertification date before July 1, 2015 and recertified before the end of the grace period provided, will remain certified under the current policy and fee structure and will convert to the new 3-year renewal and recertification process without having to take the new Exam.

 This will provide GISPs with an expiration date  prior to July 1, 2015 the opportunity to recertify without having to take the new Exam, as long as they recertify within the one year grace period allowed.

A table summarizing changes is shown below:

GISP Status


Renewal Period

Current GISP with expiration prior to July 1, 2015 and completes recertification within grace period (no application fee or exam)


3 Years

Current GISP with expiration date prior to July 1, 2015, not recertifying within grace period* (application fee + portfolio review + exam fee)


3 Years

Current GISP with expiration date after July 1, 2015, recertifying within grace period (no application fee)


3 Years

*GISCI currently offers a 1 year grace period for recertification after expiration. Any GISP that fails to reinstate their credential within the grace period will be required to reapply for certification under the standards in place at the time of recertification.

Renewals are processed within 1-2 weeks of receipt;   New Certificates are mailed the month of expiration, after recertification.

The new certification and recertification process is shown in the following diagram:

You may renew online with our new submittal process after obtaining your log in information from us at   

As the GIS Code of Ethics prescribes, the GIS Professional has an obligation to not only be qualified for the tasks accepted, but also to stay current in the field through readings and professional development.  In order to maintain currency in the GIS field, GIS Certified professionals will be renewed every three years. 

EXAM:  Although an exam is now being created to be added to the first-time Certification process later in 2015, every individual certified as a GISP® under the current, pre-exam process will be continue to recertify through the current process, as long as he/she keeps their GISP® status active. 

No GISP whose certification is in active status will be required to take the exam for recertification.

With regard to the educational activity required for renewal, GIS professionals will earn 1 Education point for each 6 professional development hours (i.e. contact hours). This equivalency means that points can also be obtained by means other than college-credit courses. Online and instructor-led courses, webinars, and other types of training are acceptable venues for continuing education credits.

In general, we expect that an active professional is capable of attaining a minimum of two Contributions points per year during the five-year renewal period.  Points are earned according to a table of activity values, provided in the renewal application and approved routes include membership in established professional organizations (local, state, regional, national or international), volunteer work, presentations at conferences, as provided in the first-time application, but at a higher rate of point accrual.

Work Experience also plays a part in your continued growth as a part of the profession. Although there is NO minimum requirement of points for work experience you are allowed to use it as part of your ability to achieve the number of points needed to obtain renewal certification. 10 points are awarded for each 12 months of full-time equivalent (FTE) work.

The Board of Directors has established the minimum number of points needed to renew  a GISP® at 24 points.  Thus, all applicants for renewal must show a total of 24 achievement points over the previous five years. To ensure that applicants have a broad foundation, specific minimums in each of the three achievement categories must be met or exceeded.  These minimums are as follows:

Educational (Course and Conference) Points
6 points
Contributions to the Profession Points
6 points
Work Experience Points - No minimum requirement (20 points available here)

Additional points to be earned from a combination of Education, Work Experience, and Contributions
12 points
24 points


The additional 12 points can be counted from any of the three categories.  The applicant has complete flexibility in deciding how to make up this difference.  

Please mail correspondence to: 
701 Lee St., Suite 680, Des Plaines, IL 60016

Or email as an attachment to: 


Download Renewal Application Materials:

The application for renewal, above,  is for current GISPs only.

If you are a prospective GISP, please visit the GISP Application page.