The Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) recently announced that the SIBA Board has formalised their support of the SSSI GIS Professional Asia Pacific (GISP-AP) certification program.
Responding to the need to set professional standards for GIS practitioners in Australia and New Zealand, SSSI introduced the GISP-AP certification scheme in 2008. The scheme provides a benchmark for GIS Professionals, using a rigorous system of peer review and expert panel evaluation to assess applicants with regard to academic qualifications, field experience and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
SIBA encourages certification as a preferred measure for employment of staff, and within tender documents, recognising that the scheme allows employers to specify and/or engage suitably qualified GIS Professionals to provide GIS services and deliver cartographic products.
SIBA says “we believe that the assessment program will provide SIBA members a great degree of confidence that the important functions of GIS analysis and cartographic production is being done by competent professionals. It will provide assurances that SIBA members are engaging professionals who are using the most efficient, appropriate and modern technologies, and who have been assessed to a high standard by their peers”.