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Seeking Nominees: Universal GEOINT Certification Governance Board

July 26, 2017

The Universal GEOINT Certification Governance Board (CGB), an advisory body to USGIF and its Universal GEOINT Certification Program, is seeking nominees with a background in government and/or industry to serve as members.

The CGB is responsible for all of the program’s essential certification decisions, including reviewing and approving the development and ongoing maintenance of all program policies, procedures, and content, and provides guidance and structure to the vision and marketing of the program.

See requirements and guidelines to become a member of the CGB

Interested individuals should email credential@usgif.org to self-nominate by Aug. 11.

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USGIF’s Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) Certifications Earn Third Party Accreditation

July 24, 2017

USGIF’s Certified GEOINT Professional (CGP) certifications were recently granted accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

NCCA is a third party accrediting organization and its Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs were created in 1977 and updated in 2003 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. USGIF joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing more than 270 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation.

“Having a third party look at our program lends credibility and gravitas to our certifications,” said Dr. Darryl Murdock, USGIF’s vice president of professional development. “The fact that the program is NCCA-accredited speaks volumes of the professionalism of our team, and is yet another example of the value USGIF brings to our professional development offerings.”

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International Spy Museum Appoints USGIF CEO to Advisory Board

July 19, 2017

The International Spy Museum recently appointed USGIF CEO Keith J. Masback to its Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board assists the International Spy Museum in ensuring authenticity and accuracy in its depiction of the history and tradecraft of espionage. The Advisory Board includes leading intelligence experts, scholars, and practitioners, and advises the museum in planning for the institution, from collection building to program development. New board members are chosen for their expertise in specific intelligence disciplines.

“I’m humbled at this opportunity to assist the International Spy Museum given its broad reach and impactful approach to telling the multi-disciplinary story of the tradecraft of spying,” Masback said.

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USGIF Participates in Esri UC

July 18, 2017

USGIF had a strong presence at the Esri User Conference (UC), held July 10-14 in San Diego, Calif. Esri UC attendees learned about USGIF and its wide range of initiatives via a variety of engagement opportunities.

“This was the most comprehensive engagement USGIF has had at the Esri UC in several years,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “As GEOINT rapidly expands beyond its traditional bounds, the Esri UC represents a unique opportunity to reach across multiple sectors where the unifying thread is understanding the power of location.”

USGIF hosted a special edition of its flagship GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event July 11. Approximately 120 individuals attended to network and hear from guest speaker Pino Nobile, head of the geospatial section at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters Situation Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The Situation Centre was established in 1968 and has since adapted to use more geospatial tools to alert and provide situational awareness to decision-makers.

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Cancelled - GEOINTeraction Tuesday July 18

July 14, 2017

USGIF and Noblis regret to inform you that the July 18 edition of GEOINTeraction Tuesday in Reston, VA, has been cancelled. Unfortunately, our guest speaker is now unable to join us.

If you paid for your registration, please allow up to 10 business days for your refund. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will join us for the next GEOINTeraction Tuesday on Sept. 12.

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Coming This Fall: GEOINT Starter Kit & Professional Certification Boot Camp

July 12, 2017

USGIF has two training opportunities launching this fall – the GEOINT Starter Kit and the GEOINT Professional Certification Boot Camp.

The GEOINT Starter Kit includes four short courses that provide you with the fundamental and practical knowledge and skills on which to base a successful career as a GEOINT Analyst. Courses include Introduction to GEOINT, Introduction to Cyber Security, Use of Social Media, and Critical Thinking Fundamentals.

The GEOINT Professional Certification Boot Camp is the first of three boot camps to help GEOINT professionals review and prepare for the Universal GEOINT Certification exams. The GIS & Analysis Tools Boot Camp is a three-day course designed to ensure professionals understand key concepts found in the GIS and Analysis Tools Competency within the GEOINT Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK).

If you’re interested in enrolling in either of these offerings, please email training@usgif.org.

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Certification Testing at Esri UC - July 9

July 6, 2017

Take the Universal GEOINT Certification Program Exams during the Esri User Conference next week at a special discounted rate!

Exams are being offered Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 33A.

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 yourself, and showcase a deep understanding of GEOINT with a Certified Geospatial Professional (CGP) designation.

Certification Exams Include:

  • GIS and Analysis Tools (CGP-G)
  • Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R)
  • Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D)

Learn more and register today!

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USGIF Appoints New Director of Academic Programs

July 3, 2017

USGIF appointed Dr. Camelia Kantor, formerly an associate professor of geography at Claflin University in South Carolina, as its new director of academic programs effective July 3.

Kantor joins USGIF with nine years of experience in college level teaching, course development, and research in addition to four years of K-12 teaching in the U.S. and abroad.

“I am excited to join the world’s leading organization in furthering the GEOINT tradecraft at a critical moment in which GEOINT is evolving beyond its military roots to gain significant momentum as a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional approach to problem-solving,” Kantor said. “I hope to continue to grow USGIF’s already well-established Collegiate Accreditation program and to ensure future GEOINT professionals are well equipped to not only perform on the job, but also to be well rounded and capable of leading their communities through their high ethics, technical and communication skills, and wisdom.”

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USGIF Participates in Esri User Conference in July

June 27, 2017

USGIF is excited to be participating in and exhibiting at the 2017 Esri User Conference, July 10-14, in San Diego, Calif. USGIF will be taking part in the following events during the week of July 9.

  • Esri Education GIS Conference – July 9
  • Certification Testing – July 9
  • YPG/YPN Welcome – July 9
  • Academic GIS Program Fair – July 10
  • GEOINTeraction Tuesday – July 11
  • Expo – July 11-13
  • YPN Evening Social – July 12

See event details

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USGIF Adds Text to Give Option to Giving Fund

June 22, 2017

You can now donate to the USGIF EdGEOcation Giving Fund straight from your phone!

Text GEOINT to 27722 to donate $5 to our fund. You will be charged on your next cell phone bill.

USGIF’s EdGEOcation Giving Fund is a way to give back to GEOINT education. All contributions made to the giving fund go toward the Foundation’s educational programs to include our scholarship program, providing academic certificates to colleges students, and delivering STEM materials to K-12 classrooms.

Learn more about the EdGEOcation Giving Fund

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