Professional Certification

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Register now for one or more of the NCCA-accredited Universal GEOINT Certification Program’s exams and demonstrate your knowledge of the GEOINT tradecraft.


Download the certification life cycle user guide for helpful information to guide you through the scheduling process.

Detailed information on polices and procedures, as well as resources and sample exam questions, is available in the USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification Candidate Handbook.


About USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Certification Program

USGIF has launched a first-of-its-kind, transparent, and transportable Universal GEOINT Certification Program and professional designation that proves your deep and balanced understanding of the GEOINT tradecraft.

Available to U.S. and international GEOINT practitioners across industry, military, academia, and federal, state, and local government, the certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her professional development, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of GEOINT.

The goal of the Universal GEOINT Certification Program is to provide a foundation on which GEOINT professionals can certify the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successfully meeting the duties and responsibilities within the multi-faceted GEOINT tradecraft. Moreover, the Universal GEOINT Certification Program provides certificants a means to grow in their profession as the tools, technologies, and systems in GEOINT change. The Universal GEOINT Certification Program advances the use of GEOINT by setting agreed upon standards for the profession, providing a means for organizations to identify and develop qualified GEOINT professionals, contributing to the career success and continued competence for GEOINT professionals, and improving the credibility and visibility of the GEOINT profession across government, industry, and academia.

USGIF offers professional certifications based on broad knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the GEOINT workforce, as outlined in the GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge.

Certifications are available in:

  • Certified GEOINT Professional- GIS & Analysis Tools (CGP-G)
  • Certified GEOINT Professional- Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (CGP-R)
  • Certified GEOINT Professional- Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D)

Those who meet the requirements and successfully pass the exams earn the right to use the professional designations of CGP-G, CGP-R, and CGP-D.

For those practitioners who wish to truly distinguish themselves and demonstrate a broad understanding of the global GEOINT tradecraft, there is the Universal GEOINT Professional (UGP) designation. You must successfully obtain all three CGP designations, submit proof of contributions to the community, and sit for a panel review board to earn the UGP designation.

The Universal GEOINT Certification Program is independent and separate from USGIF’s education initiatives. The Universal GEOINT Certification Program does not require completion of particular education/training courses to be eligible for the program.

Learn more about the first recipients of the Universal GEOINT Professional designation.

Certification Exams

Certified GEOINT Professional- GIS & Analysis Tools (CGP-G) describes the knowledge necessary to ensure the various elements and approaches of GIS and analysis are properly understood in order to successfully capture, store, manage, and visualize data that is linked directly to a location.

Certified GEOINT Professional- Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (CGP-R) describes the knowledge necessary to generate products and/or presentations of any natural or manmade feature or related object or activity through platforms, sensors, and other similar means. This competency area contains the knowledge necessary to synthesize technical, geographic, and intelligence information derived through the interpretation or analysis of imagery and collateral materials as well as the processes, uses, interpretations, and manipulations of imagery for dissemination.

Certified GEOINT Professional- Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D) describes the knowledge required to acquire, manage, retrieve, and disseminate data to facilitate integration, analysis, and synthesis of geospatial information.

NCCA Accreditation

The Universal GEOINT Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), under the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Learn more here.

Certificant Registry

For inquiries regarding the certification status of a certified individual, please contact credential@usgif.org.

Questions

For questions or more information about the Universal GEOINT Certification Program, contact credential@usgif.org.