Universal GEOINT Credentialing Program

USGIF will offer the first Universal GEOINT Certification to both U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across multiple industries, military, academia, and federal, state, and local government.

USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Certification is being designed for GEOINT professionals across the globe with at least three to five years of real-world experience and a working understanding of physical and human geography. To achieve certification, candidates must pass three rigorous exams based on the fundamentals of remote sensing, GIS, data management, and data visualization.

All exams, recommended training modules, and certification maintenance requirements will fall under the umbrella of USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Credentialing Program. The certification is being built to be transportable and transparent—meaning not only will it be globally recognized and applicable to all industries and organizations, but also that USGIF strives to be as transparent as possible in its development and program efforts.

USGIF has reached out to the broader geospatial sciences community to offer a concerted environment for discussing the many disparate but united GEOINT-related credentials. Since April 2014, USGIF has hosted multiple events to gauge interest in community-wide collaboration on certification.

GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge

The development of any new certification begins with creating an essential body of knowledge (EBK) for that profession. Learn more about USGIF’s GEOINT EBK.

Pilot Exam Test Takers

USGIF has completed pilot exam testing.

To create a successful credentialing program, USGIF administered pilot exams in GIS & Analysis Tools, Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis, and Data Management over the past year. Qualified test takers were able to take pilot exams for free, counting toward their Universal GEOINT Certification if passed. At this time, scoring is being determined and USGIF will notify pilot test takers of their test results. For questions, please email credential@usgif.org.

To learn more about GEOINT Credentialing and how you can get involved in this groundbreaking initiative, please email credential@usgif.org.