Certification Maintenance

Certifications are valid for a three-year period and will expire if not maintained. Certification holders will need to obtain at least 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years.

There are two paths to Certification Maintenance:

  • Path 1: A combination of Continuing Education, Professional Development, and Future Capabilities Awareness.
  • Path 2: USGIF-Sponsored Certifications.

Examples of Continuing Education include training or education courses, webinars, MOOCs, workshops, information exchanges, certificate programs, and non-USGIF sponsored certifications.

Full details on Certification Maintenance 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).

Certification Maintenance Form

Certification holders are required to complete the Certification Maintenance Form to document their progress in maintaining their CGP™ certification. Certification holders must email the completed form to credential@usgif.org no later than the expiration date of their most-recently earned certification.

After the document has been reviewed and the information has been verified, the certification(s) will be extended for an additional three years per the certification maintenance policy.

Download the Certification Maintenance Form.


For questions or more information about the certification program, contact credential@usgif.org.