Congratulations to Cloudpoint's, Paul Stephenson, for becoming the team's latest certified GIS Professional (GISP). Paul was one of the very first people to sit for the newly established GISP examination through the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) which he took last November. With his professionalism and outstanding work ethic it was no surprise that he passed with flying colors. Obtaining a GISP certificate involves an extensive application process which now includes the exam requirement. With Paul's achievements, he joins Jon & Micah bringing the total number of GISP certified staff members at Cloudpoint to three. The following are some notes highlighting what makes a certified GISP:
- Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional endorsed by a 3rd party (GISCI) though a peer-reviewed evaluation.
- Has met the minimum standards for educational achievement, professional experience, and manner in which he or she contributes back to the profession, and practices in an ethical manner.
- Must abide by higher guidelines for ethical behavior.
- Continues to educate and reeducate him or herself while preparing for recertification.
- Has had their professional background scrutinized and reviewed by an independent third party organization. An Institute comprised of leading non-profit associations (AAG, NSGIC, UCGIS, GITA, URISA, and GLIS) focused on the application of GIS and geospatial technology.
- Can come from anywhere in the world, and current, active GISPs reside in all 50 States and 25 foreign countries.
- Is more than a practitioner of GIS technology.
- Is a Professional.
Well done Paul!