Redlands, US: Esri announced Technical Certification Program. It will be launched in January 2011. It will recognise skilled people in desktop, developer and enterprise use of Esri technology. Earning a certification will mean an individual possesses a high level of technical expertise using Esri software.
The new programme is designed to create a community of professionals proficient in using Esri software that can design, implement and administer a successful GIS. It will help organisations maximise their investment in Esri products by employing a workforce certified in GIS best practices. It will create professional development opportunities for Esri software users. It will help companies, government agencies and other organisations assess job candidates’ GIS skills and abilities. In addition, it will give Esri software users, GIS consultants and instructors and Esri partners the opportunity to differentiate themselves and their organisations with their unique qualifications.
“Esri set the industry benchmark for GIS technology. Now, we’re setting a standard for users, establishing a community of individuals who’ve demonstrated their proficiency in using Esri software,” said Nick Frunzi, director of Educational Services at Esri. “This raises the bar for ArcGIS skills.”
The first certifications that will be offered starting in late January 2011 are ArcGIS Desktop Associate, ArcGIS Desktop Professional, Web Application Developer Associate, Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associate, and Enterprise Administration Associate. Eight more certifications will be added to the programme later in the year and into 2012.
The certification examinations, which will take about two hours to complete and include 90–95 multiple-choice questions, will be available at 5,000 locations in 165 countries. Exams will be offered in English only.
The Esri Technical Certification Program complements the geographic information system professional (GISP) certification available in the United States through the GIS Certification Institute, which certifies that GIS professionals have met minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice. The Esri Technical Certification Program recognises specific skills and expertise in using Esri software.