(Des Plaines, IL) January 11, 2009 – The URISA Board of Directors has voted to award new GIS Professionals (GISP) a complimentary one year membership valued at $175. The title of GISP is granted by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to those people who have met the educational, professional experience, and professional contribution requirements as set out by the GISCI. Beginning with the December 2009 class, all new GISPs (who are not already URISA members) are eligible for this free membership offer. URISA is granting this award in order to recognize the accomplishments and support the professional contributions of GISPs in the future.
The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a non-profit professional and educational association that promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. It is a multidisciplinary association where professionals from all parts of the spatial data community can come together and share concerns and ideas. (www.urisa.org)
The GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that provides the geographic information systems (GIS) community with a complete professional certification program. Those who complete the certification program are GIS Professionals (GISP). GISCI offers participants from the first early years on the job until retirement a positive method of developing value for professionals and employers in the GIS profession. (www.gisci.org)