USGIF CGP Program Suspended

USGIF has decided to temporarily and voluntarily suspend the Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) program for three years, starting February 1, 2021.

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Since 2016, USGIF has offered the Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) program, as a professional designation demonstrating holders’ understanding of the GEOINT tradecraft. While the initial premise of the CGP at the time of the program’s launch was sound, we have not seen the demand for these certifications materialize, either in the private sector or public sector hiring or procurement practices. As a result, USGIF has decided to temporarily and voluntarily suspend the Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) program for three years, starting February 1, 2021.

In the interim, USGIF will redouble our focus on advancing the tradecraft and building a talent pipeline through different programs, such as the high school industry credentialing and our collegiate GEOINT accreditation and degree programs. Moving forward, we will work with the GEOINT community to identify alternative approaches to ensure a robust and skilled talent pipeline of GEOINT professionals and will revisit this decision in 2023 to determine whether to relaunch the CGP program in 2024.

We do understand that some individuals have already earned a CGP credential. Regardless of when the certification was acquired, it will continue to be valid for the next three years. USGIF will continue to maintain the digital badges for all the current earners and cover the annual maintenance fees associated with badge renewals for the next three years, until January 2024.

If you have any questions, please email credential@usgif.org or take a look at our CGP Frequently Asked Question page. This includes the most up-to-date information about the program and our decision.

Thank you for your understanding and for supporting our foundation, the community, and our tradecraft.