The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) has recently published a paper that looks at GIS as a professional in relation to other disciplines – the paper argues in favor of GISP certification rather than State regulation.
From the GISCI… The GIS Certification Institute contends that state regulation of the many and varied tasks performed by GIS Professionals would be counterproductive. Instead of state regulation, we believe that voluntary certification of GIS professionals with encouragement and support from employers is the best means to promote high education standards, continuing professional development, and ethical practice in our rapidly growing and evolving field. GISCI contends that the practice of surveying should be defined narrowly, and that associated state regulations should be narrow in scope, reflecting the limited footprint of survey practice within the geospatial field.
Note: we are merely sharing details of this resource and not promoting certification or the GISP process.