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Boucher Earns GIS Professional Certification

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Jason Boucher has earned his GIS Professional Certification. With this credential, Jason has highlighted his dedication to the GIS profession and his intensive understanding of geospatial concepts and application.

“Jason is a dedicated and knowledgeable GIS professional,” said Brent Moore, Western Regional Vice President. “He brings innovation and problem-solving to rural communities in the Great Plains Region, with a keen understanding of how geospatial solutions can be used to solve critical challenges.”

The certification process involves two main components, a portfolio,

and an exam. The portfolio brings together education, experience, contributions to the GIS community and procession, ethical oath, and employer letter of recommendation. The examination is a pass/fail with 180 questions that must be conducted at a professional examination site and completed within four hours. A professional board reviews the portfolio and exam results for final approval.

“Bringing my experience, education, and industry service together while expanding my knowledge through intensive study and wrapping it together through the examination process has reinforced my understanding of GIS and its varied uses. This certification also creates a dedicated path forward to ensure I continue to learn and grow in this dynamic professional field,” said Boucher.

The GISP certification is an internationally recognized professional certification for GIS administered and maintained by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).

The following are some notes highlighting what makes a certified GISP:

  • Has met the minimum standards for educational achievement, professional experience, and how they contribute to the profession and practices ethically.
  • Must abide by higher guidelines for ethical behavior.
  • Continues to educate and reeducate him or herself while preparing for recertification.
  • Has had their professional background scrutinized and reviewed by an independent third-party organization. An Institute comprised of leading non-profit associations (AAG, NSGIC, UCGIS, GITA, URISA, and GLIS) focused on applying GIS and geospatial technology.
  • They can come from anywhere globally, and current, active GISPs reside in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries.
  • They are more than a practitioner of GIS technology.
  • They are a Professional.

Congratulations Jason!