ASPRS Certification Program

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Certification and Recertification Guidelines

GENERAL INFORMATION The Articles of Incorporation of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing state that it will exert its influence towards the betterment of standards and ethics.

To this end, the Society’s Professional Activities Committee, after several years of careful study, developed a program for certification of photogrammetrists. This program was approved by the American Society of Photogrammetry (ASP) Board of Direction at its meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 13, 1975. On March 28, 1991, the ASPRS Board of Directors approved a proposal made by the National Photogrammetrist Recognition Committee of the Professional Practice Division to modify the original program to include two new categories of certification: Mapping Scientist, Remote Sensing; and Mapping Scientist, GIS/LIS. The Board approved a recertification program that assures that certified persons keep up with the technology that is rapidly changing. The Board on October 28, 1997 approved a modification to the program adding a requirement of a written examination effective January 1, 1998.

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Introduction to ASPRS Certification Program

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.

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Certification Examination Matrices

Certification Examination Matrices by Certification Discipline

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Professional Aspects of Photogrammetry

Classification Chart for Photogrammetry and Mapping Sciences

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Certified Photogrammetrist

A professional who uses photogrammetric technology to extract measurements and make maps and interpret data from images. The Photogrammetrist is responsible for all phases of mapping and other mensuration requirements, which include planning and supervising survey activities for control, specifying photography or other imagery requirements, managing projects for mapping or other mensuration requirements and interpretation.

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Certified Photogrammetric Technologist

A technician who performs or supervises technical photogrammetric tasks to extract spatial data from photographic or digital imagery and other remotely-sensed data.

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Certified Mapping Scientist, Remote Sensing

A professional that specializes in analysis of images acquired from aircraft, satellites or ground bases, or platforms using visual or computer-assisted technology. Analysis is used by various specialized disciplines in the study of natural resources, temporal changes, and for land use planning. They develop analytical techniques and sensor systems.

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Certified Remote Sensing Technologist

A technician who performs or supervises tasks to interpret, manipulate, extract, process and convert remotely sensed data from photographic or digital imagery and other remotely-sensed data.

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Certified Mapping Scientist, GIS/LIS

A professional involved in GIS/LIS systems design and/or systems application of data base management and computer programs that allow for the utilization of spatially referenced data bases for solving user analysis requirements. They are responsible for the integration of data needs and the development of correspondence between and the utilization of various spatial systems of often-different generic origins that are used to solve requirements.

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Certified Mapping Scientist, Lidar

A professional involved in lidar systems design and/or systems application of data acquisition and computer programs that allow for the

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Certified GIS/LIS Technologist

A technician who integrates a variety of spatial data sets into a GIS format designed for graphic output or analysis.

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Certified Lidar Technologist

A technician who performs routine Lidar collection support and first level data processing integrating established plans and procedures.

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Classification Chart for Photogrammetry and Mapping Sciences

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing accepts without change the definitions used in the ASCE report1 for professional level and technician level work as follows:

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How to Apply

Persons interested in applying for certification or recertification, should follow this general procedure.

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Geospatial Intern Program

An applicant seeking Geospatial Intern status (previously known as Provisional Certification) must be an active student preparing to graduate in a degree program with educational training in the spatial sciences from an approved institution of higher education, and must follow the Basic Requirements as previously outlined for Certified Photogrammetrist, Mapping Scientist, or Technologist; the exception being the required on-job experience. Applicants must submit the appropriate Application and Fee with one (1) reference from their academic advisor or relevant faculty member BEFORE THEIR GRADUATION DATE. An Official Copy of the applicant’s current transcript must accompany the application; the transcript must validate that the applicant has successfully completed a minimum of two (2) courses in the spatial sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, or GIS/LIS). The application requires a declaration of compliance with the ASPRS Code of Ethics.

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How to Apply – Interns

GEOSPATIAL INTERN PROGRAM An applicant seeking Geospatial Intern recognition must be an active student preparing to graduate in a degree program with educational training in the spatial sciences from an approved institution of higher education, and must follow the Basic Requirements as previously outlined for Certified Photogrammetrist, Mapping Scientist, or Technologist; the exception being the required on-job experience.

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