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Bridging the Gap

February 25 2010 | 2 comments
Categories: Cartographic Design

I am looking for a way to bridge the gap between manual mapping and digital mapping. I am working with an organization that offers Certification in manual mapping but does not certify Mappers that use GIS. We use ESRI products however other agencies do not. We are looking for a way to develope a Certification course that doesn't exclude the other agencies. Has anyone else come across a similar situation?

Mapping Center Answer:

In terms of certification in the United States, there are two entities that offer GIS certification, and one of them offers specializations for Mapping Scientists who work with GIS (I actually have this certification!)

The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), organized through a consortium of professional organizations, offers the mroe generic GIS Professional certification. The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) offers more specific certifications in the following areas:

  • Certified Mapping Scientist - GIS/LIS
  • Certified Mapping Scientist - Remote Sensing
  • Certified Photogrammetrist
  • Certified Photogrammetric Technologist
  • Certified Remote Sensing Technologist
  • Certified GIS/LIS Technologist

Note that neither of these organizations offer certification specifically targeted towards digital mapping.

In developing a certification course yourself, you might want to check out the program that this institution offers as it is recognized leader in the arena of digital mapping (though it is not the only one!):

  • The Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia offers 2-year diploma programs in Digital Mapping and Cartography.


re: posted by aislinn campbell on Mar 2 2010 6:44AM
Thanks for the references. they will be very helpful. I guess i should clarify... We are looking to create a State Government level certification. It's more of a designation program. We already have Certificates for Mappers, Appraisers, Assessors & support staff.
Contact ESRI Education Team posted by Aileen Buckley on Mar 2 2010 9:29AM
May we suggest that you contact the ESRI Education Team with this uinquiry as they will likely be able to answer this better than us. Their email is Also, they have a list of various programs that you might want to check out: Hope this helps!

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