ASPRS Announces Certification of the First Photogrammetric Technologist

Keith Woodruff is the first Photogrammetric Technologist to complete the requirements for certification under the new American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) certification program for technologists. Woodruff is a compiler and editor for Robinson Aerial Surveys, Inc., a mapping firm of 18 people in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He began with the firm in 2000, training in all aspects of technical mapping support while attending the local community college taking coursework in business administration. His current position is Photogrammetric CAD Specialist. All of his references indicate that Woodruff is intelligent, dedicated to his work, and has special expertise in digital orthophotography. He also openly shares his knowledge and works with co-workers and clients towards first-quality mapping.

In October, 2003, ASPRS announced final approval of the new ASPRS certification program for technologists — specifically geared to drafting technicians, inspectors, photographers, laboratory technicians, stereoscopic instrument or plotter operators, computations technicians, field survey assistants, interpretation technicians, image analysts, data processors, and digitizers.  This certification was instituted to give those working at the technologist level an opportunity to be recognized by ASPRS for their respective contributions. 

The technologist level is defined as work that is primarily of a technical nature, often demanding a high degree of skill, done under the direction of a professional who is responsible for its outcome.  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.

The following categories of ASPRS technologist certification are now being offered:

Certified Photogrammetric Technologist (ASPRS)
A technician who performs or supervises technical photogrammetric tasks to extract spatial data from photographic or digital imagery.

Certified Remote Sensing Technologist (ASPRS)
A technician who performs or supervises tasks to interpret, manipulate, extract, process and convert remotely sensed data from photographic or digital imagery.

Certified GIS/LIS Technologist (ASPRS)
A technician who integrates a variety of spatial data sets into a GIS format designed for graphic output
or analysis.

For more information on the or visit the ASPRS web site:

Certification, general information

Certification Guidelines:

Application for Certified Technologist:

Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 7,000 geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.