Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Provisional Certification

Just a reminder of a phenomenal program ASPRS offers....

For more information, check out http://www.asprs.org/membership/certification/certification_guidelines.html#provisional


An applicant seeking Provisional Certification must be an active student preparing to graduate with educational training in the spatial sciences from an approved institution of higher education, and must follow the Basic Requirements as previously outlined for Certified Photogrammetrist, Mapping Scientist, or Technologist; the exception being the required on-job experience. Applicants must submit the appropriate Application and Fee with one (1) reference from their academic advisor or relevant faculty member. An Official Copy of the applicant’s current transcript must accompany the application; the transcript must validate that the applicant has successfully completed a minimum of two (2) courses in the spatial sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, or GIS/LIS). The application requires a declaration of compliance with the ASPRS Code of Ethics.

Upon successful examination completion, the individual will receive Provisional Certification (ASPRS) status. In the case of Certified Photogrammetrist or Certified Mapping Scientist, the individual will have ten (10) years from the date of examination to complete the six (6) year experience requirement. In the case of Certified Technologist, the individual will have five (5) years to complete the three (3) year experience requirement. Exceptions to the length of time for completion of the experience requirement will only be granted for active duty military service.

When the Work Experience requirement is complete, the Applicant must provide written documentation and three (3) references to ASPRS Headquarters, who will forward the experience summary and references to the Evaluation for Certification Committee. Applicants meeting all of these requirements will become certified for the specified time period of their certification.

Persons interested in applying for certification, recertification, or provisional certification should follow this general procedure:
Step 1: Read carefully the section entitled "Classification Chart for Photogrammetry and Mapping Sciences."
Step 2: Determine separately the number of years of actual job experience attained in functions that are classified as being at the professional level, and in functions at the technician level.
Step 3: Read the preceding sections ("Basic Requirements" and "Educational Credit"); ascertain that actual work experience, with or without educational credit, meets conditions listed under "Basic Requirements."
Step 4: If applying for initial certification, download an application for Certified Photogrammetrist/Mapping Scientist OR Certified Technologist and reference forms or contact ASPRS Headquarters: send an email to certification@asprs.org or call (301) 493-0290, ext 101 or fax your request to (301) 493-0208.
Step 5: If applying for recertification, read carefully the Section on "Recertification Criteria" and be sure to complete the Application for Recertification and the reference forms. NOTE: When describing experience, applicants are advised to be complete. The Evaluation Committee evaluates the application data and does not assume data not presented)
Step 6: Provide names and addresses of at least four persons to whom you have sent a copy of the Confidential Reference Form. Fill out the Confidential Reference Forms with the person’s name and complete address on the top left side and forward to the respective references. Request said references to supply, from their own personal knowledge, facts with reference to your character and information concerning your professional qualifications, and to mail the completed reference form, with their name, address, and any accompanying letters to the Society. (Please note: Provisional Certification applications are subject to modified requirements.) (NOTE: References are often the source of delays in the evaluation process. The process cannot start until the references have all been received.)
Step 7: Return your completed application form to the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, together with the application fee indicated below. Make checks payable to the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and mail to:
ASPRS Certification Program5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210 Bethesda, MD 20814-2160

Friday, 26 September 2008



The ASPRS Foundation has just announced the JOHN O. BEHRENS Institute for Land Information MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. The purpose of the Award is to encourage students/persons who have an exceptional interest in pursuing scientific research or education in geospatial science or technology or land information systems/records to enter a professional field where they can use the knowledge of this discipline to excel in their profession. Initially, this annual scholarship will consist of a certificate and a check in the amount of $1,000 and a one-year student membership (new or renewal) in the Society.

The Scholarship is made to an under-graduate student currently enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in the United States for the purpose of pursuing a program of study that prepares them to enter a profession in which education in geospatial science or land information disciplines will advance the value of those disciplines within that profession.
Please note that the deadline for scholarship applications this year is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2008. This is two months earlier than usual and has necessitated the earlier deadline due to the earlier date of the 2009 Annual Conference (March 9-13 2009).

Please select the following link for details on the 2009 scholarships and awards, the current scholarship application, AND THE NEW APPLICATION GUIDELINES:


  • JOHN O. BEHRENS Institute for Land Information ( ILI ) MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
  • The Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship
  • The Francis H. Moffitt Memorial Scholarship is now valued at $3,000, an increase of $1,000 over the 2008 grant!
  • The Leica GeoSystems Internship is now the ERDAS Internship

Questions? Contact Jesse Winch, Scholarship Administrator

ASPRS: The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society

5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210 Bethesda MD 20814-2160

301-493-0290 ext. 101

301-493-0208 (fax)


AAG RSSG Student Honors Paper and Illustrated Paper Competition

AAG RSSG Student Honors Paper and Illustrated Paper Competition

The AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) is pleased to announce the 2009 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition and RSSG/GISSG/Cartography SG Illustrated Paper Competition to be held at the annual meeting in Las Vegas, March 22-27, 2009. Students at all academic levels are invited to submit original research on all topics in the field of remote sensing to the Honors Paper competition and are invited to submit illustrated papers that advance any aspect of remote sensing, GIS, or cartography.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 10, 2009.

For detailed information visit the AAG RSSG website at www.aagrssg.org.
Honors Paper Contact: Paul Merani (pmerani@unlnotes.unl.edu)
Illustrated Paper Contact: Benjamin Tuttle (btuttle@du.edu)

Friday, 1 August 2008

Join the Student Advisory Committee!

We are currently looking for a Deputy Chair to serve for the 2008-2009 term. All student members of ASPRS are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Kim Tilley (kimt@asprs.org) for more information.

Attention all student members of ASPRS!

ASPRS Student Assistantship Program

If you are a student at an accredited college or university, ASPRS invites you to attend and assist with the Pecora 17 Symposium, November 16-20, 2008, in Denver , Colorado.

The applications are available at http://www.asprs.org/pecora17/pdf/SA_Application_Pecora.pdf

The applications deadline is August 29, 2008. Student Assistants will be notified by September 12, 2008.

Why should I - a student hoping to employed in the Remote Sensing/Geospatial professions - want to be a student assistant?

· Complementary student registration

· Lodging accommodations (three to a room)

· Orientation Dinner

· A small meal stipend (7.5 hr shifts only)

· A certificate for your portfolio

· Acknowledgement in PE&RS

· Opportunity to network with other ASPRS members

· Chance to learn more about the geospatial field

· Meet some of the top names in the industry

· Explore job opportunities

Student Assistants are required to:

· Attend the SA orientation on Saturday, November 15, 2008

· Assist at the conference for 15 hours during the week

· Be available for the duration of the conference – November 16-20, 2008

· Arrange their own transportation and necessary documents for travel to and from Denver

How to become a Student Assistant:

1. Submit a cover letter describing your interest in ASPRS, if you are a member of ASPRS, your academic and professional experience in the geospatial field, and what you hope to gain from this experience.

Include a resume with your mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address where you can be contacted through December 2008.

Send your application package via e-mail to the SA Program Coordinator Kim Tilley at kimt@asprs.org (include ASPRS SA Program in the Subject Line of all e-mail messages).

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Student Summer Internship Opportunity

MAPPS (www.mapps.org), a national association of private firms engaged in mapping, photogrammetry, GIS and other geospatial activities, headquartered in Reston, VA, is seeking a student for an internship for Summer 2008. The MAPPS internship program is designed to provide a student with substantive experience in the geospatial field, particularly with regard to the private sector, association management, and public policy.

The intern will primarily research and write articles for MAPPS, its publications and its website, and participate in other projects as assigned. Responsibilities will include developing textual, graphical and image content for the MAPPS web site.

Because the intern will spend much of his/her time writing, MAPPS is looking for a prospective intern who has excellent writing skills. While a prospective intern is not required to have a specific academic major, coursework in GIS-related topics is desirable. We are looking for an independent, self-starting, hard-working student who has a genuine interest in the geospatial field. Knowledge of web design and HTML development is requested.

The internship position is available on a full-time or part-time basis during the summer of 2008. The internship duration and work schedule is flexible and negotiable, and we are willing to accommodate a student’s academic schedules. A stipend is provided. The internship is located at the MAPPS office in Reston Town Center, Reston, VA.

Students who would like to be considered for an internship are asked to send a cover letter, resume, writing samples (no more than five pages) and a recommendation by a professor or academic advisor to:

Nick Palatiello
Marketing Communications Manager
1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 515
Reston, VA 20190
phone - (703) 787-6996
fax - (703) 787-7550