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September 2014
Dr. Michael Hauck
Russell G. Congalton
Technical Editor
Michael S. Renslow
Assistant Editor
Jie Shan
Assistant Director — Publications
Rae Kelley
Electronic Publications Manager/Graphic Artist
Matthew Austin
Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing
is the official journal
of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. It is
devoted to the exchange of ideas and information about the applications of
photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems. The
technical activities of the Society are conducted through the following Technical
Divisions: Geographic Information Systems, Photogrammetric Applications,
Lidar, Primary Data Acquisition, Professional Practice, and Remote Sensing
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Forty years ago the ASPRS Evaluation
for Certification Committee was being
photogrammetrists in early 1975. The
intent of ASPRS certification was (and
still is) focused on certifying individuals
for recognition on successfully completing
a process established by their peers
distinguishing themselves from the
general body of practitioners in their field. In the last forty years,
the ASPRS Certification Program has dramatically grew as science
and technology have changed and now encompasses the geospatial
With the advent of satellite imagery and remote sensing in the
early 1980s, the program added a new certification for Certified
Mapping Scientist-Remote Sensing. This was followed by the
emergence of GIS which resulted in a Certified Mapping Scientist-
GIS/LIS in the early 1990s. The ‘Certified Mapping Scientist’
designation reflects that applicants must have a working knowledge
of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS (plus earth science,
standards, ethics, and practice issues) no matter what is applied for.
Until 1999, the ASPRS certification process was based on peer
review of an application and four confidential references. In the mid-
1990s, the Committee made a decision to add an examination to the
process in keeping with similar science and engineering certification
programs conducted by like organizations. Developing the three
examinations took three years, and became required in January
In response to practitioners performing routine technical activities,
a ‘Technologist’ certification was added in 2003 for photogrammetry,
remote sensing, and GIS. This program provides certification for
entry-level positions, technically focused operations, and possibly as
a career development process.
In 2008, ASPRS added the Geospatial Intern Program (formerly
termed provisional certification) for graduating students, so that
when they graduate, they can be recognized for their achievements,
training, and commitment to the geospatial field. Fundamentally, the
certification requirements are the same, but the order of completion
is different. So, with an application with one reference, a portion of
the fee, applicants may take the exam, and if they pass, can start
accruing the required job experience towards full certification.
In 2011, ASPRS joined the Council of Engineering and Scientific
Specialty Boards (CESB) as a board member with the goal of having
the ASPRS Certification Program accredited. Since 1990, CESB
has provided accreditation of certification programs for ASPRS-like
organizations such as NSPS and ASCE. To comply with CESB’s
requirements and go through the review process, ASPRS achieved
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