#GeoWeek: What Is GISP® Certification? Our GIS Experts Share the Details
Happy GIS Day! Today we celebrate the impact geospatial technology has on society. Schools, businesses, and communities all around the globe will celebrate with educational sessions, awareness events, and—of course—cake! But more about that later.
Yesterday, you heard from Andy Mendola about the importance of GIS education. Programs in school and through universities, however, are just one step toward working in GIS.
The non-profit GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) offers a complete certification program for the GIS community. The GISP®, or Certified GIS Professional, recognition allows professionals at all levels, from early career to retirement, to demonstrate their competence in the GIS profession.
According to the GISCI website, the institute offers “the only industry-wide, internationally-recognized, software-agnostic Certification available to geospatial professionals.”
At EagleView, we’re lucky to have several GISP-certified trainers, sales managers, and other professionals in our ranks. We spoke with two of GISPs on our team about why they pursued the certification and what kinds of doors it has opened for them in their careers.
Daniel Hendren, GISP and EagleView District Sales Manager
Just a few weeks ago, many of our customers met District Sales Manager Daniel Hendren at the Kentucky Conference on Assessment Administration. Serving Kentucky and Tennessee, Danny brings his GIS expertise to customers through ongoing training and support.
Danny served as the GIS Coordinator for Hardin County, Kentucky, for two and a half years. Prior to that, he spent seven years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Natural Resource Specialist, putting his mapping skills to use. Before taking over as District Sales Manager, he was the EagleView Regional Technical Manager for Kentucky.
Danny’s work in local government, combined with his GISP certification, help make him approachable to Pictometry® imagery users who have questions. “Having my GISP certification gives me credibility that establishes a sense of trust between myself and the customers I serve,” he said.
Jeffrey Nemecek, GISP and EagleView Regional Technical Manager
Jeffrey Nemecek, Regional Technical Manager for Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario, is another GISP at EagleView. “I decided to get my GISP certification because many of my peers in GIS to whom I sell our imagery and GIS products and services have their GISP certification,” Jeff said. “I believe this adds credibility to me as a GIS industry contributor.”
Jeff explained that the certification also provides him with “an immediate, unspoken trust and respect factor that makes customers say, ‘This guy knows what he’s talking about.’” Additionally, Jeff can walk the walk. He doesn’t just have the book smarts to get the certification, but he also works hard each day to deliver excellent customer service and contribute his know-how to Pictometry imagery users throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Danny and Jeff are just two of the GIS professionals who host Pictometry User Groups and customized training sessions for EagleView customers, all while providing superior local support for users of Pictometry imagery and GIS solutions.
What are you doing for GIS Day?
Next up: a recap of our annual GIS Day “Mappy Hour” in our Rochester and Bothell offices.