NGA receives national accreditation for geospatial intelligence certification programs

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s GEOINT Professional Certification Program, the official credentialing program of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence, achieved national accreditation for all 10 of its geospatial intelligence professional certification programs in April, the agency announced May 23.

NGA is the first Department of Defense intelligence functional manager to receive national accreditation for all of its Level 1 and Level 2 certification programs.

“The accreditation of these 10 GEOINT Professional Certifications is an important step toward the alignment of individual capabilities within the Defense Intelligence Enterprise through portable credentials, said Dustin Gard-Weiss, director for GEOINT functional management. “We now need to expand the program to include the Commonwealth Allied partners and non-DoD members of the ASG.”

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the standard-setting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredited the GEOINT Professional Certification programs for GEOINT Fundamentals, Imagery Analysis, Aeronautical Analysis, Applied Sciences, Cartography, GEOINT Collections, Geospatial Analysis, Geospatial Data Management, Human Geography and Imagery Science.

NCCA accreditation highlights the agency’s adherence to current standards of practice for the certification industry. Since 1977, NCCA has accredited over 270 programs across more than 120 credentialing organizations.

NGA received its first accreditation in 2016 for the Aeronautical Analysis program and in January 2017, NGA received accreditation for the GEOINT Fundamentals and Imagery Analysis programs. Across all certifications, NGA has administered more than 18,000 exams and awarded over 12,000 credentials to GEOINT professionals.

Source: NGA