Retired GISPs may now apply for the GISP-R designation.
Des Plaines, IL (January 19, 2022)
The GIS Certification Institute has created a new designation for Geospatial Professionals to remain a
part of the GISP Community into their retirement. The newly created GISP Retired Designation (GISP-R)
allows current GISPs to maintain their certification in a limited capacity. Upon retirement from the
workforce and a paid position as a GIS Professional, current GISPs can apply for the GISP-R. This
designation would not require adherence to the criteria for standard recertification and allow retired
GIS Professionals to continue their involvement in the GIS Profession in a voluntary, unpaid capacity if
they desire. This would include volunteer activities in the local community, academics, participation in
conferences, participation in professional organizations, committee, or board positions (if un-paid), and
articles in professional journals.
The GISP Retired Designation is not automatic, and candidates must apply for consideration. The
Executive Director will review all applicants on a case-by-case basis. Candidates for the GISP-R
designation must have been an active GISP in good standing for a minimum of three consecutive
recertification cycles (9 years) and must continue to abide by the same ethics of a GISP.
The application is now open to interested GISPs. For more information please visit the GISP-R page: