US: The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is considering developing a Professional Certification program. The program would allow individuals to achieve certification that confirms their competency in specific OGC standards. The program would, therefore, focus primarily on OGC standards, thereby avoiding overlap with certification programs offered by OGC members and alliance partners.
The OGC invites you to complete an online survey to help improve our understanding of the potential market for such a professional certification program. The survey will be open for responses until April 5th 2018.
One of the benefits of the OGC Professional Certification program would be to give employers greater confidence in the competency of individuals in using and implementing OGC standards. The program would also give consultancy service buyers greater confidence in the services provided by these individuals.
For OGC members that offer consultancy services, OGC professional certification would provide certification that distinguishes them from other consultants that provide OGC expertize. Further, training towards OGC Professional Certification could be an additional service that OGC members offer.
Certification examinations would be delivered through an online proctored service. The format will depend on the standard. The current planned approach includes multiple-choice questions, such as those for the Web Map Service (WMS) standard as seen here, as well as a practical test delivered through an online proctor.