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Why Get Certified

Becoming certified provides you with the key to a world of opportunities.

Above & Beyond

Demonstrate your commitment to your profession & instill confidence in others.

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.

ASPRS Mapping Scientist vs. Technologist…what should I apply for?

ASPRS offers multiple certifications at two different levels, Mapping Scientist and Technologist. These include specialty areas of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, GIS, Lidar, and UAS.  The most common question asked to the ASPRS Certification committee is “what certification level is right for me, “Scientist” or “Technologist”?”.

Please note that Scientist level candidates are required to have 6 years of active experience in the specialty category applied for and Technologist candidates are required to have 3 years of active experience in the specialty category applied for.

“Scientist” Certifications (includes Certified Photogrammetrist) are appropriate for applicants whose work 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 has a broad knowledge of the geospatial sciences to a degree which supports the review and analysis of work being done, as well as a thorough understanding of the underlying theories, principles and systems supporting the work being performed. Additionally, said individual has the knowledge and ability to both plan and perform and/or direct all such operations in the category; this person is responsible for work performed by those under him/her. 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 the performance of research and development, conference presentations, professional society activity (ASPRS or other societies) workshops and specialty courses or the publication of articles related to the specialty area being considered.


“Technologist” Certifications are appropriate for applicants whose work is primarily routine and of a technical nature yet demanding a high degree of skill. 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. 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. The term implies that the applicant can perform all such operations in the category and this person may be responsible for work performed by those under him/her. Note: Regarding those applicants who have already attained other credentials (e.g. state licensed Land Surveyors or Engineers) either certification is suitable to demonstrate skills required to perform tasks in the specialty area.