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Purpose and Objectives

A growing number of scientific and technical disciplines depend on photogrammetry and the mapping sciences for reliable measurements and information. It is in the interest of those who provide photogrammetric and mapping sciences services, as well as the user of these services, that such information and data be accurate and dependable. The ASPRS Certification Program has as its purpose the establishment and maintenance of high standards of ethical conduct and professional practice among photogrammetrists, mapping scientists, technologists, and interns.

The primary objectives of the programs are:

  1. To identify and recognize those persons who, after careful appraisal by their peers, and after passing a written examination, are considered to have met the requirements established by the Society for certification.
  2. To provide a basis for weighing the validity of allegations and complaints that involve practicing photogrammetrists and mapping scientists, and for taking appropriate action in connection therewith.
  3. To encourage persons as yet not fully qualified to work towards certification as a goal of professional achievement.
  4. To encourage certified persons, through the recertification process, to continue their professional achievements as rapid change in technology occurs.

The ASPRS Certification Program is voluntary and open to all qualified individuals, whether or not they are members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

The program is applicable to persons associated with one or more functional areas of photogrammetry and the mapping sciences. Work at professional and technical levels in each of the areas is outlined herein.

Professional “Scientist” Certification Requirements

Professional Level: Work that involves the exercise of professional judgment frequently based on knowledge acquired through higher leaning, generally of a non-routine character. The term implies one who can plan perform and/or direct all such operations in the category; this person is responsible for work performed by those under him/her.

In view of the wide variety of skills and disciplines studied and practiced by photogrammetrists and mapping scientists, the ASPRS Certification Program is based primarily on evidence of demonstrated professional capability. The review committee looks for a broad industry exposure, external to the employment realm, that gives validation and credibility to the activity, skills, knowledge, and mastery of the specific certification category being pursued. This is usually categorized as a combination of higher education, outside teaching, publication, and/or independent industry engagement related to the specific specialty certification being pursued. This can include conference presentations, professional society activity (ASPRS or other societies) workshops and specialty courses (taking or teaching), or the publication of articles. Within prescribed limitations it does permit experience to be substituted for education and vice versa and requires a written examination.

Technologist Certification Requirements

Technologist Level: Work that is primarily routine and of a technical nature often demanding a high degree of skill done under the direction of a professional person who is responsible for its outcome. Such work is pre-professional when performed by a professional trainee who, having completed courses of specialized intellectual instruction and study, is seeking to attain professional status. The term implies that the applicant can perform all such operations in the category; this person may be responsible for work performed by those under him/her. Such work is “professional” when the applicant has advanced to a position of leadership in the performance of production related tasks, to include the supervision of others.