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The Early-Career Professionals Council (ECPC) engages and mentors early-career professionals, advocates continuing education, and fosters positive relationships between members transitioning from the member with Student distinction to the member without that distinction. ECPC encourages the dissemination of professional and institutional knowledge and standards through education, mentoring and technical opportunities; and work closely with the Society’s membership staff, Student Advisory Council, and Corporate Members Council to strengthen the Society and its members.

Acting with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, the Early Career Professionals Council is charged to:

  • Develop and recommend to the Board of Directors policies and procedures governing the programs and services to be offered by ECPC to subscribing members and the public.
  • Provide policy guidance and consultation for the Executive Director and BOD in setting priorities for programs and services.
  • Promote the ASPRS Certification Program
  • Implement a mentoring program for early career professionals, utilizing mentor volunteers from Corporate Member firms and existing members.
  • Serve as an advocate for ASPRS Members entering the workforce, providing a plan that outlines professional development milestones to strive for in their first few years in the industry.
  • Coordinate with the Student Advisory Council and Corporate (Sustaining) Members Council to foster positive relationships between members transitioning from the student to professional.
  • Coordinate with other councils such as the Student Advisory Council and the Corporate Members Council to host conference events such as the Student Employer Meet and Greet and the Early Career Professionals Social
  • Work with the Student Advisory Council to appoint SAC-ECPC Liaison members

The Council consists of four ASPRS members, with new officers appointed by the current council members in an application/ review/ election process. The Council consists of four roles: Chair, Vice Chair, Deputy Vice Chair, and Immediate Past Chair; each position is held for a period of one year with the transition during the annual conference.

Rising Star Program

Rising Star Program


Rising Star Sponsor agrees to:
  • Pay Annual Dues for the Rising Star(s) — This is $150 per Star per year
  •  Support
    of the time, travel, and registration expenses of the Rising Star(s) to
    attend and participate in the ASPRS Annual Conference and the technical
    division meetings — This does not exceed $1,000 per Star per year
  • Support of the Rising Star’s participation in technical division work, including teleconferences, throughout the year
  • Agrees to have your name published in PE&RS for the entire length of sponsorship
  • Mentoring the Rising Star, e.g., introductions at events, guidance, etc.
  • If the Sponsor and Rising Star wish to remain in the program, applications must be submitted annually when membership expires
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Mentorship Program

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ASPRS Certification Program

Please visit the Certification area for information on Certification through ASPRS

Leadership in the Imaging and Geospatial Sciences

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