The USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification Program uses the Criterion-Referenced Test Development process to determine the passing score for each certification exam. Candidates do not compete with each other; rather, candidates are deemed to “pass” or “not pass” the certification exam based on whether their exam score meets or exceeds the passing score.
Upon completing the exam, each candidate will immediately receive a preliminary exam score report that provides overall feedback as well as feedback on each topic area of the exam. In addition, the same form will be provided to candidates via electronic mail. This form does not constitute a final decision on certification conferral; rather this report simply represents the candidate’s performance on the examination.
The USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification Program Management Office (PMO) will formally confer certifications on a periodic basis to candidates who have met all of the certification requirements. Candidates may not use Universal GEOINT Certification Program designations until they have been formally conferred the certification
Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first try must wait 90 calendar days before testing again. Candidates may take a single CGP examination not more than twice in a twelve (12) month period.
Appealable decisions are limited to the following:
- Denial of eligibility for certification
- Denial of certification
- Denial of renewal/maintenance
- Certification Revocation
Regarding assessments and assessment-related issues, appeals may be filed regarding the following:
- Examination results
- Candidate registration
- Test-taking protocols
Full details on the appeals process, panel and decisions can be found in the USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification Candidate Handbook.
Use of Program Credentials
Once certificants receive written confirmation from USGIF regarding their certification conferral, they may use the appropriate mark after their name.
- 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)
Full details on what happens after taking an exam can be found in the USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification Candidate Handbook.
Pilot Testing Statistics
For questions or more information about the certification program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.