Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) Update

In collaboration with the US Department of Labor, the National Geospatial Technology Center is updating the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) so that it can remain relevant for the geospatial industry. Here is one article that discusses the value of the GTCM

For the past six months we have surveyed geospatial professionals, surveyed and discussed those results with a subject matter expert (SME) team, and reviewed our preliminary results with a workforce panel. The output of these efforts can be found here. We are seeking your input on the resulting proposed edits to the GTCM. Please review the expected changes and comment on our site here.

Thank you for your time and consideration, GeoTech Center

Rodney D. Jackson
Co-PI: National Geospatial Technology Center
Dean of Business, Engineering & Technical Studies
Davidson County Community College
297 DCCC Road, Thomasville, NC 27360
336-224-4544 (P) / 336-238-2430 (F)

1 Comment

  1. Tripp Corbin - July 17, 2014, 8:35 pm

    Thanks Rodney for posting this. For those that may not be familiar with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) and why it is important, let me please take a moment to explain. The GTCM encompasses more than just GIS. It was originally designed to include knowledge areas for anyone working in a geospatial profession. This included GIS, Surveyors and Photogrammetrist (sp). It has direct impact on education programs, certification, and professional development.

    The GTCM is used by colleges and universities as a guide to help develop program curriculum. So it helps them determine what subject areas they need to cover in certificate and degree programs. This means it sets the stage for the skills sets we can expect to see in the future as new Geospatial professionals and users exit school. This will be the workforce we will be hiring from and working with.

    The GTCM is also being used as a guide for professional certification. The GISCI has been using the GTCM as one of the guiding documents for the GISP exam currently under development. It has helped identify the knowledge area that the question pool are coming from.

    The GTCM is also used by the Department of Labor to assess and guide continuing education and labor development programs. This provides a guideline they can use to determine what skills someone that is looking to get into a Geospatial Profession needs to know. This can impact an organizations or individuals ability to get grants or other funding.

    So the long and short, is this has and will continue to have a great impact on the geospatial community. You now have a chance to provide your input. I hope you will take the time to do so.

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