Certification results are in, just in time for Christmas….

There was excitement and just a little bit of relief across the Esri Australia offices this week; the results for the first round of Esri Technical Certification exams had arrived!

There is now a selection of Esri Australia staff across the country who are certified across all the Esri user domains.

I was one of those who passed the exam, and for me it was a mixture of relief and a real sense of achievement. I’ll admit it’s been a few years between exams, so sitting down to test my knowledge was a little daunting. It is intense and by no means an easy exam, it was however a good way for me to assess where I’m at against a defined set of capabilities, and see how it fits with GIS software industry expectations.

Esri Technical Certification is a global GIS software certification that allows us to benchmark skills against a core set of competencies. For organisations, this creates the capacity to assess a potential candidate’s skills and knowledge. You can ensure it aligns with your GIS software investment. For your existing staff, you can use the program contents to design professional development plans (PDPs) for your team to ensure they stay at the forefront of Esri GIS technology.

So what’s next? I can confirm that registration opens in the New Year. From January 17th 2011, you will be able to register to sit 5 of the 13 exams that make up the Esri Technical Certification program. The remainder of the exams will be gradually released throughout next year.

First things first, you need to find out more… head to the dedicated page on the Esri website to find all the facts about Certification. Here you’ll find out more details on Technical Certification including; how to choose the exam to match your experience and how to prepare. Exams are electronic and held Pearson Vue testing centres, visit the Certification page for links through to schedules and exam centre locations.

Don’t forget, registration opens January 17th. Make sure you rest up over the festive season ready to take part in Esri Technical Certification in 2011. Maybe ask Santa for a Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop book…

Laura B

PS – for more info, check out our “official” press release!

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