ASPRS maintains a Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB) certification process for:

  • Certified Photogrammetrist
  • Certified Mapping Scientist – Remote Sensing
  • Certified Mapping Scientist – GIS/LIS
  • Certified Mapping Scientist – Lidar
  • Certified Mapping Scientist – UAS
  • Certified Photogrammetric Technologist
  • Certified Remote Sensing Technologist
  • Certified GIS/LIS Technologist
  • Certified Lidar Technologist
  • Certified UAS Technologist

Applicants for professional certification must successfully complete two criteria to become certified:

  • Pass a Peer-Review of experience and training and
  • Pass the Written Examination for the Specialty Area

Geospatial Intern status previously known as provisional certification is also available in all of the above areas for graduating seniors who have studied the geospatial sciences. Certification is easily completed once the experience component is fulfilled.

The Peer-Review process for new certification actions begins with the applicant submitting an application for Certified Photogrammetrist/Mapping Scientist OR Certified Technologist and four (4) reference forms from persons who are familiar with the applicant’s work and responsibilities are completed. The ASPRS Certification Committee evaluates the application and personal references. Applicants who successfully complete the Peer-Review process are then eligible to take the examination.

The Examination is structured to emphasize the specialty area of the applicant. However applicants should be aware that certification in any specialty also requires knowledge in the other two specialties in addition to questions relating to surveying fundamentals practice ethics and standards. A matrix illustrating the mix of questions by specialty has been prepared for applicant review.

Certification/Recertification Guidelines

The Guidelines include detailed information on the ASPRS certification process. Specific information for those seeking recertification including the recertification application and personal reference forms is also available.

The ASPRS Code of Ethics

Classification Chart for Photogrammetry and the Mapping Sciences

Certified Professionals Database
Access a searchable database of certified Photogrammetrists Mapping Scientists- Remote Sensing and Mapping Scientists-GIS/LIS

If you have questions regarding the certification procedure please contact Jesse Winch:

Jesse Winch
Certification Program Manager
425 Barlow Place, Suite 210,
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2160
Email: or
Phone: 301-493-0290 ext. 101
Fax: 301-493-0208

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in its Certification Program and does not discriminate on the basis of race color religion sex age creed national origin veteran status physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.