GISCI offers a portfolio review process to validate the experience of those seeking the credential. A complete portfolio includes minimum point requirements in Education, Experience, and Contributions. The minimum number of points needed to become a certified GIS Professional is 150 points.

These minimums are as follows:


30 Points


60 Points


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An individual must have at least 4 years of professional experience, meet the requirements of the Portfolio Review process, and pass the GISCI Core Technical Exam in order to be awarded the GISP Certification. However, you may start the process at any time in your career.

To meet the required 150 points, an additional 52 points can be counted from the Education, Experience, or Contribution categories. The applicant has complete flexibility in deciding how to make up this difference with any combination of points from one or more of the categories. Once you pass the Exam, you have up to six(6) years to meet the Portfolio Requirements without having to start the process over.

GISCI uses an online portfolio that will become the repository of all your achievements for your first GISP certification and subsequent recertifications. This is a personalized digital space where GIS professionals can store all their professional accomplishments; from credentials and certifications to professional webinars, conferences, and membership and more, the Portfolio is the home for all of your achievements.


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Application Information

Next Testing Date
June 1-9, 2024

Deadline to apply is two weeks before testing window begins.

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