Ok, there’s now more than 3,000 certified GISPs with 345 new certifications in December (according to this PR) and more than 700 GISers rushed at the last minute to get their Grandfathering in applications in by December 31, 2008… so I have to ask, what does this mean to you?
To put in context, I’m not a certified GISP but I indeed do consider myself to be a GIS professional. I have a degree (BSc) in Geography and GIS and have been working directly with GIS and Geo Technologies since 1991 (9 years as a GIS Analyst – i.e.. GIS geek!) But should I (or should you) be concerned at not having a “GISP” designation behind my name? Last year I did get all the application material required for being Grandfathered-in last year, however, I never found the lengthy amount of time required to complete the application package nor did I have the motivation to try and come up with the time. The concept is a good one but what’s likely up in the air is who exactly recognizes or will be recognizing this designation?
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