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Are you applying for the first time?

The application for renewal is for current GISPs only. If you are a prospective GISP, please visit the GISP Application page.

If you are a GISP and applied under the old PDF format, please email us for your existing log in information and password (which we created for you) at info@gisci.org.

If you start with a new registration, the site will treat you as a first-time applicant. This is true only for those who were certified using the PDF application format. 

RECERTIFICATION DETAILS

  • All professionals with an active GISP certification will recertify for a three-year period on the expiration date and will pay an annual maintenance fee of $95 for each of the three years of the recertification period.
  • No active GISPs will have to take the new Exam for recertification. As long as you are in good standing and recertify within the one-year grace period allowed, you will not have to take the Exam.

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

To recertify, you must fulfill certain professional requirements

POINTS

As the GIS Code of Ethics states, GIS Professionals have an obligation to not only be qualified for the tasks accepted, but also to stay current in the field through readings and professional development. To ensure the proper levels of continuing education, applicants for recertification must show a total of 24 achievement points over the previous three years as broken down in the table below:

Educational (courses/conferences) 6 points
Contributions to the Profession 6 points
Work Experience No minimum requirement
Additional points in any category 12 points
TOTAL 24 points

 

  • Educational - GIS professionals will earn 1 Educational point for every 6 professional development hours. Points can also be obtained through online and instructor-led courses, webinars, and other types of training.
  • Contributions to the Profession - An active professional is capable of attaining a minimum of two Contributions points per year during the three-year renewal period. Points are earned according to the activity values, and approved routes include membership in professional organizations (local, state, regional, national or international), volunteer work, and presentations at conferences.
  • Work Experience - You are allowed to use work experience as part of the number of points needed to obtain renewal certification. 6 points are awarded for each 12 months of full-time equivalent (FTE) work, up to 2 years credit for recertification.

FEE STRUCTURE

  • Current GISP completing recertification within grace period (no application fee or exam): $95/yr for three-year renewal
  • Lapsed GISP recertifying after grace period has lapsed (application fee + portfolio review + exam fee): $450 for three-year renewal