National Credential
Credential: Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional
Credentialing Agency: GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)

A Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) is a credential offered by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). Candidates must have a minimum of 4 years of equivalent full-time geospatial experience and meet portfolio requirements. Candidates must also pass the GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam which covers topics such as: Conceptual Foundations, Cartography and Visualization, GIS Design Aspects and Data Modeling, GIS Analytical Methods, Data Manipulation, and Geospatial Data.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12Y Geospatial Engineer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 13F Joint Fire Support Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 14E Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 14P Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember MOS other          
Enlisted 19D Cavalry Scout MOS other          
Enlisted 35G Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI other          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI most          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 140K Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140L Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Support Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 350G GEOINT Imagery Technician WOMOS most        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 4 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

GIS Certification Institute (GISCI)
701 Lee Street
Suite 680
Des Plaines, IL  60016
Phone: (847) 824-7768
Fax: (847) 824-6363
Email: info@gisci.org

Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional

Candidates must have at least four years of equivalent full-time geospatial experience.

Candidates must submit for a portfolio review comprised of Educational Achievements, Professional Experience, and Contributions to the Profession. A minimum of 150 points must be documented in the above categories. A complete list of the points required can be found on the GISCI webpage.

Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional

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

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by PSI. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the PSI website:

For more information on the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional credential has the following recertification information:

  • To recertify, a total of 24 points must be earned in each of the three categories: Education (6), Contributions to the Profession (6), with additional points to be earned from a combination of Education, Work Experience, and Contributions (12). Additional information about recertification can be found in the GISP Recertification Procedures Manual.