COT Employee Receives Certification From The GIS Certification Institute
Susan Carson Lambert
A geographer with the Kentucky Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT), Susan Carson Lambert, earned certification as a Geographic Information System Professional (GISP) in early 2005. Lambert is one of eight people in Kentucky who have earned GISP certification thus far and the only person in Kentucky State Government.
Certification as a GISP is career recognition through the evaluation and approval of individuals engaged in the GIS profession. Another benefit of certification is that it can provide recognition and satisfaction for a lifetime in a career activity. Individuals can advance through various levels of certification, receive honors and recognition, while at the same time improving their performance, and increasing customer or client satisfaction. GISPs have to sign an ethics statement, have renewal requirements and also have continuing education requirements for recertification. One very real benefit of GISP certification is that it can indicate certain capabilities to clients and customers.
The purpose of the GIS Certification Institute http://www.gisci.org/ is to provide those professionals who work in the field of geographic information systems with a formal process that allows them to be recognized by their colleagues and peers for having demonstrated exemplary professional practice and integrity in the field.
The institute also establishes and maintains high standards of both professional practice and ethical conduct and encourages aspiring GIS professionals to work toward certification for the purpose of professional development and advancement. Certification also encourages established GIS professionals like Lambert to continue to hone her professional skills and ethical performance even as GIS technology changes.
Lambert currently serves as the principal investigator on three federally funded projects: two NASA projects, the Kentucky Landscape Snapshot (http://kls.ky.gov) and the Kentucky Landscape Census (http://klc.ky.gov), as well as an EPA project, the Kentucky Watershed Modeling Information Portal (http://kwmip.ky.gov).
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