Professional Certification

USGIF will no longer be taking any exam testing registrations in Certifior effective Nov. 20, 2019. Individuals who currently have an active account in Certifior will have until December 13, 2019 to take the exams they registered for using the network of testing centers. After December 13, testing at Certifior’s network of testing centers will no longer be available. Testing will now be offered on a scheduled basis at USGIF’s Trajectory Event Center in Herndon, Va. LEARN MORE.



About USGIF’s Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program

NEW: USGIF is now offering the entry-level GEOINT Essentials exam. The exam is intended for students graduating from USGIF accredited academic programs and new professionals to the GEOINT field.

USGIF offers a first-of-its-kind, transparent, and transportable Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program and professional designation that proves your deep and balanced understanding of the GEOINT tradecraft.

Available to U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across industry, military, academia, and federal, state, and local government, the certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her professional development, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of GEOINT.

The goal of the Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program is to provide a foundation on which GEOINT professionals can certify the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successfully meeting the duties and responsibilities within the multi-faceted GEOINT tradecraft. Moreover, the CGP™ Program provides certificants a means to grow in their profession as the tools, technologies, and systems in GEOINT change. The CGP™ Program advances the use of GEOINT by setting agreed upon standards for the profession, providing a means for organizations to identify and develop qualified GEOINT professionals, contributing to the career success and continued competence for GEOINT professionals, and improving the credibility and visibility of the GEOINT profession across government, industry, and academia.

USGIF offers professional certifications based on broad knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the GEOINT workforce, as outlined in the GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK).

Certifications are available in:

  • Certified GEOINT Professional- Essentials (CGP-E™)
  • Certified GEOINT Professional- GIS & Analysis Tools (CGP-G™)
  • Certified GEOINT Professional- Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (CGP-R™)
  • Certified GEOINT Professional- Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D™)

Those who meet the requirements and successfully pass the exams earn the right to use the professional designations of CGP-E™, CGP-G™, CGP-R™, and CGP-D™.

The Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program is independent and separate from USGIF’s education initiatives. The CGP™ Program does not require completion of particular education/training courses to be eligible for the program.

Learn more about the first recipients of the Certified GEOINT Professional designation.

Certification Exams

Certified GEOINT Professional- Essentials (CGP-E™) assesses foundational knowledge of the four major competencies in the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK): Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (RS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Analysis Tools, Geospatial Data Management (GDM), and Data Visualization (DV). The exam is intended for students graduating from USGIF accredited academic programs and new professionals to the GEOINT field.

Certified GEOINT Professional- GIS & Analysis Tools (CGP-G™) describes the knowledge necessary to ensure the various elements and approaches of GIS and analysis are properly understood in order to successfully capture, store, manage, and visualize data that is linked directly to a location.

Certified GEOINT Professional- Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (CGP-R™) describes the knowledge necessary to generate products and/or presentations of any natural or manmade feature or related object or activity through platforms, sensors, and other similar means. This competency area contains the knowledge necessary to synthesize technical, geographic, and intelligence information derived through the interpretation or analysis of imagery and collateral materials as well as the processes, uses, interpretations, and manipulations of imagery for dissemination.

Certified GEOINT Professional- Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D™) describes the knowledge required to acquire, manage, retrieve, and disseminate data to facilitate integration, analysis, and synthesis of geospatial information.

Resources

Detailed information on policies and procedures, as well as resources and sample exam questions, is available for download in the USGIF Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Candidate Handbook by filling out the form here. If interested in the Essentials exam, please insure that you download the Essentials Handbook (only).

NCCA Accreditation

The Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), under the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Learn more here. Please note the Certified GEOINT Professional- Essentials (CGP-E™) is not accredited by NCCA, representing a stepping stone into professional certifications.

Certificant Registry

For inquiries regarding the certification status of a certified individual, please contact credential@usgif.org.

Questions

For questions or more information about the Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP™) Program, contact credential@usgif.org.