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Have you or your customers been considering Esri Technical Certification as part of your personal or professional development plan?  If so, we have some exciting news to share about the future of our program and our exam offerings coming next year.

 

The Esri Technical Certification team will be rolling out a complete program redesign of our exam structure and offerings. To better align with Esri’s product messaging and software release, our program will adjust our current exam offerings, introduce specialty exams, and move to a time-based development cycle.

 

The refreshed program will offer exams across two domains, Desktop and Enterprise, with five core exams visible below.  We will continue to include ArcGIS Desktop exams at the Entry, Associate and Professional levels, as well as, Enterprise Data Management and a brand-new ArcGIS and Portal Administration exam, both at the Professional levels.   

In order to keep pace with our developer community, we will focus all of our Developer topics into our new specialty exams.  These specialties will be smaller, more focused exams that can be stacked upon our core Esri certifications. We will share more details about the specialties later this year.

 

 

If you currently hold an Esri Technical Certification you can rest assured the new program redesign will not impact your certified status.   Our current exams will continue to be available until their planned retirement dates; specifically, 10.3 version exams will retire December 31, 2018, so if you are planning to certify at that version, do not delay.

 

We are confident that the redesigned program structure and new development cycle will allow for more effective professional development planning for candidates as they grow their skills and experience and look to validate their expertise.

 

Our team is currently in an active exam development cycle, and our focus will be on creating the core exams, with the first exams releasing in early 2019.  Stay tuned for more exciting updates from the certification program, and follow this space for future announcements!

 

Please reach out to certification@esri.com should you have additional questions. 

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ED Summit @ UC 2018

Posted by JRosales-esristaff Employee Jul 23, 2018

A big thank you to all the UC attendees who came out to the Esri Technical Certification's Education Summit session, "Aligning Education with Esri Certification".  

 

If you missed the session, here's the description...

As geospatial technology continues to grow as an integral component of enterprise systems, organizations are increasingly seeing the value of certifying their workforce. Building Esri Technical Certification into the curriculum has enabled us to build a strong correlation between education and industry technical certifications, resulting in a highly skilled and recognized workforce. We'll share success stories and resources and help you promote the value of your students' skills and certification achievements.


We had a great turnout and lively discussion about how higher education institutions can ...

  • Align their curriculum to the ArcGIS Desktop Entry Certification
  • Locate their Certification Alignment Tools
  • Prepare their faculty to become Esri-Certified
  • Locate their Certification Exam Guides to prepare for an exam
  • Identify their exam's levels of cognitive complexity within the Certification Exam Guides
  • Engage with our team in GeoNet

 

As promised, here is the PowerPoint presentation.  We look forward to assisting you with your education alignment goals.

 

 

Congratulations, you've determined the best Esri certification to validate your skills and experience, and now you're ready to schedule your appointment and take your exam!

 

The hardest part is over, right?  Not quite. Next comes the exam itself - the real challenge.  Esri Technical Certifications are not designed to be easy, nor are they created to be unnecessarily difficult. Even still, the most prepared candidate can experience test-related anxiety as their exam appointment approaches. 

 

Perhaps it's been some time since you found yourself seated with a No.2 pencil in hand (kidding, its computer-based), ready to take an exam, but the same test-taking tips still apply.  Prepare, read carefully, watch your time, and don't skip questions. 

Whether you are a seasoned pro or an exam novice, take the time to fully prepare for your exam by downloading the preparation resources document available for each exam, as well as, reviewing the free web courses on our Esri Training website with sample questions.  Make sure you have thoroughly reviewed the exam topics and refreshed your skills.  For more on prep, check out Steps to Certification Success

 

During the exam, remember to thoroughly read the content and pay close attention to the details of each scenario. Remain within the scope of each question - avoid making assumptions or overcomplicating.  Having worked side by side with our experts to create items, I can assure you while the questions will be challenging, they are not meant to trick you intentionally.  Take your time and don't rush. If you find yourself spending too much time on any one question or are unsure of an answer, take advantage of your ability to mark questions for review and return to it later.  But be sure to answer all questions as correct responses earn one point—incorrect, blank, or partially correct responses earn zero points.

 

Esri exams are offered worldwide through our testing partner Pearson VUE. With over 5,000 test centers across the globe, you are bound to find a test center near you with the flexibility to select an exam appointment that works with your schedule.  Once scheduled, take the time to understand what to expect at a test center.  And, most importantly, remember you'll need two (2) forms of ID at the test center, so come prepared! 

 

 

When you are fully prepared for an exam, you are less likely to make simple mistakes.  Which means you can relax and focus on achieving certification success.  The Certification Team is ready and available to answer questions about exams and exam preparation and you can leverage our social channels to ask questions of your peers.

 

What are some of your tips for test-taking? How do you calm your nerves before an exam? 

Earn Your Certification and Showcase Your Success

 

Are you attending UC 2018?  Have you been considering Esri Technical Certification as part of your development plan?  You are in luck!  The Esri Technical Certification Team will be hosting our exams at the upcoming User Conference so you can validate your skills and experience onsite.

 

                    

 

Before the Conference

First things first, you will need to head over to the Esri Technical Certification website to review the exams we offer.  Once you have decided on an exam that best fits your skills and experience, you will want to carefully review the qualifications, skills measured, and software tested on so you can identify any knowledge gaps prior to taking the exam.  Additionally, the Preparation Resources PDF provides a useful list of learning options and online resources, organized by topic, to help you prepare.  For every exam, we offer a free web course with sample questions so you can get an idea of how exam questions are structured.

Once you know which exam you want to take, visit our Esri Technical Certification UC Exam page to reserve your seat.

Lastly, please ensure that you have a Pearson VUE account and can login or access your profile before you head to the UC.  If you need assistance with your Pearson VUE profile, please contact their customer service team for help.

 

At the Conference

            

Step 1: Arrive at the testing location at the Omni Hotel, directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center.

Step 2: Enter your credit card payment.  The cost for each exam is $225 USD but as a conference tester, you’ll receive a discount of 20%!  This offer is available only to our attendees who buy a voucher and sit for an exam at the UC.

Step 3: Login to your Pearson VUE account to launch your exam.

Step 4: Rock your ArcGIS skills and knowledge!!

Step 5: Enjoy the rest of the conference.

 

After the Conference

After you sit for an exam, you will receive your results within 7-10 days, via email.  If you pass the exam, you will be given access to a PDF printout showcasing your achievement, as well as, a digital badge you can share electronically.  To read more about getting noticed with Esri Technical Certification badges, read our blog.  Moreover, we highly encourage you to share your success with the community by submitting a Success Story on our website.  Inspire other users with your journey and achievements.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to our team at certification@esri.com.

 

Best of Luck in San Diego!!

 

Details and Resources

  

Omni Hotel San Diego

675 L St.

Room: Gaslamp 1

San Diego, CA, 92101

Phone: (619) 231-6664

Directions  

 

Date

Time

Tuesday, July 10

8 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday, July 11

8 AM – 5 PM

Thursday, July 12

8 AM – 5 PM

Have you ever wanted to stand out in a crowd of people?  Or, wondered about the best way to showcase your skills and experience and get noticed by hiring professionals? 

 

Esri Technical Certification is an excellent way to benchmark your expertise with ArcGIS software.  Your skills and experience culminate in an achievement that is both personally and professionally marketable. 

 

A new industry standard is emerging and becoming a well-recognized means of showcasing a candidate’s skills and experience.  The digital badge revolution is upon us and many professionals are seeing the benefit of earning and sharing their achievements through digital channels.

 

A Value Beyond Words

Acclaim digital badges will help you visually represent your achievement and share it socially.  Digital badges are a visual representation of an achievement, and can quickly and easily convey to others that you have the skills and experience to be successful in an area of competency.

 

The Acclaim platform is completely mobile and once you have earned a digital badge, it will travel with you from school to school or job to job.  The benefit being that your learners' journey and achievement will be easily accessible and verifiable, no matter where you are in the world.

 

Top Shelf Achievements

Over the past several years, digital badges have become increasingly more popular, as hiring managers can easily verify your skill set in a sea of candidates with similar experience.  In addition to validating your skills and experience, digital badges will propel you ahead of your peers with a visual achievement that can be shared in a variety of ways. 

 

Your digital badge can be shared easily on most social media platforms. And, for further visibility, it can be added to your digital resume or to your email signature, ensuring that everyone you interact with can see your achievement.

 

Acclaim also offers specific benefits to badge earners from their platform.  Earners are given access to a host of labor analytics, including job postings and salary range based on skills.  You will have access to view top job postings and locations where your skills are needed, as well as, sort jobs by specific employer or skill set.

 

Next Step to Get Noticed

Becoming certified is a great step to take if you want to get noticed.  And, if you have already achieved an Esri Technical Certification, be sure to claim your badge today.  To hear inspiring stories from users who have achieved an Esri Technical Certification and how it has impacted their personal and professional development, visit our Success Stories website.

 

Digital badges are a demonstration of knowledge outside of traditional representations.  They are versatile and effortless to use or share.  If you are ready to make an impact and stand out from your peers, earning a certification and sharing your digital badge can quickly and easily showcase your skills and experience and help you get noticed.

Esri Technical Certification Exams Offered at UC 2018

 

The Esri Technical Certification team will host certification exams onsite at the User Conference in San Diego.  Attendees of the conference can sit for any Esri exam any time between 8 am – 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the Omni Hotel across from the Convention Center.   Appointments are available on a walk-in basis, as space permits.

 

As a special conference promotion, Esri is offering all exams at a 20% discount to attendees.  In order to receive the discount, you must purchase an exam voucher via credit card onsite at the time of your appointment.  Our staff will be available to assist you with registration and payment questions, though we do recommend you create a Pearson VUE account at http://www.pearsonvue.com/esri/ in advance.

 

Still wondering if taking an exam at the conference is for you?  Check out this success story from a candidate who sat for an exam at our Developer Summit Conference earlier this year.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to validate your GIS skills with an Esri Technical Certification.  For questions about exams at UC, please contact our team at certification@esri.com.

 

As the conference approaches, check back for updates on how to reserve a seat for your exam.  For even more information, follow us on GeoNet and LinkedIn.

Is your goal is to ensure that learners travel a seamless path from your geospatial program to certification attainment? Successful programs begin achieving this goal by identifying someone in the organization—a champion— who can lead with determination, enthusiasm, and influence. Program champions then build a support team of people who can listen to issues, create solutions, and provide support to faculty and students as they set and reach their lifelong

learning goals. Additionally, champions will need to create certification attainment goals for their institution, participate within our GIS community, and increase workforce placement.

 

Create Certification Goals

 Establishing a seamless path from program enrollment and technical skill attainment to workforce placement requires champions to establish certification goals to measure success and determine the appropriate testing environment. Champions can follow a 4-step process to align curriculum to an Esri certification exam requirements.

  1. Build a knowledgeable team to integrate certification attainment into your curriculum.
  2. Define your certification goals to align your program with ArcGIS exam content.
  3. Measure your success, verify your program can reliably benchmark student skills.
  4. Pilot programmatic changes to test the alignment processes and verify that your institution has created a seamless path to certification attainment. 

Visit our story map and learn how to develop your geospatial program to reliably benchmark student skills.

Participate in Esri Events 

Esri supports lifelong learner from all industries on a global-scale through Esri Events.  As you align your curriculum to an Esri certification, we encourage you to share your successes at our events.  In this venue, other higher education programs can see how to navigate some of the questions or hurdles they are encountering and benefit directly from your experiences.  The Esri Education Summit, hosted as part of the annual Esri User Conference, provides plenary sessions, user presentations, hands-on workshops, and more to support all aspects of education.  Additionally, GIS Day is a great opportunity for schools to demonstrate real-world GIS applications that are already making an impact in our society.  Another resource is Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS Institute, which is a professional development event for educators to engage more deeply in with GIS as part of their teaching plans.

Follow this blog and we'll update you soon with information on how to engage with us at these events.

We encourage you to participate in these events to engage with your community. 

 

Increase Workforce Placement

To remove the gap between education attainment and workforce placement, higher education institutions can bundle the ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification as a component of their geospatial program to validate technical skills gained in the classroom. Coupling an industry-recognized technical certification with a higher education geospatial certificate

or degree encourages a smooth transition to the workforce. Many lifelong learners view technical certification attainment as a natural progression or next-step after earning their education diploma.

 

With our Directory of Esri-Certified Individuals and digital badging system, it is easy to verify an individual's certification status.  Hiring managers can quickly and easily verify a certification on our website: www.esri.com/VerifyMyCertificaton.  Additionally, certified individuals can share their digital badges on their social media sites, resumes, business cards, and email signatures to promote their achievements. 

 

Next Steps

Join us as we engage the next generation of industry professionals on their journey from your certification attainment program to workforce placement. Whether you have already identified a champion, created a team, and set your goals -- or if you need some addition support, engage with us on GeoNet, we're here to support you as you align your program with an Esri Technical Certification.

Once you've chosen the certification you'd like to pursue, preparing for the exam is the next challenge. Candidates often fall into the trap of thinking that there isn’t a need to prepare - Perhaps you’ve been in the field for many years, or maybe you are just exiting a degree program or taken Esri Training courses, so preparation isn’t something you feel is a priority.  Keep in mind, while Esri Technical Certifications are created for experienced industry professionals and veteran users of ArcGIS software, these exams are challenging and creating a preparation plan is strongly recommended. 

 

Step 1: Build Your Foundation

When preparing for certification, it’s important to understand the foundation for success with Esri exams. Formal GIS education and ArcGIS focused training – Esri courses are important,  and can certainly help a candidate to expand or improve their use of the software.  This alone does not guarantee success on an exam.  Esri exams are built to test a candidate’s proficiency in using ArcGIS, so practical, hands-on application, and familiarity with Esri best practices are the best chance at success.

 

Step 2: Measure Your Skills

No doubt you’ve already spent a good deal of time reviewing the exam offerings and selecting the exam that best fits your skill set.  Even so, we'd encourage you to revisit the skills measured by the exam and thoroughly review the sections and concepts on the exam.  If you see a concept listed, you can guarantee it will appear on an exam as this content is driven from the exam blueprint.  Reviewing the sections and concepts presented within each will help you to identify any gaps in your knowledge or simply find areas where you want some refresher knowledge before your exam appointment.  Use this as a checklist and identify areas of strength and opportunity.   Ensuring you are familiar with the skills measured is instrumental in achieving an Esri Technical Certification.

 

Step 3: Focus Your Preparation

Once you’ve determined which areas you need to spend the most time preparing there are some key ways you can forge ahead on your preparation journey – Get hands-on practice, review best practices and applied knowledge.  Each exam webpage features a list of preparation resources with options, broken down by exam section, to provide training options.

 

We offer specific certification resources including sample question web courses for each of our exams.  These are intended to give candidates a better understanding of the types of questions that might be asked on an exam.  We also recently released an Esri ArcGIS Desktop Associate Certification Study Guide for the 10.5 exam which can be purchased from your favorite book retailer (http://esripress.esri.com/display/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&websiteID=354&moduleID=0).  The structure of the guide follows the skills measured.  We have begun authoring a similar guide for the ArcGIS Desktop Professional exam and hope to offer many more of these in the future.

 

It is also recommended that you take advantage of the wealth of information found on the Esri Support site (https://support.esri.com/en/) and in ArcGIS documentation (http://doc.arcgis.com/en/).

 

Next Steps

Preparing for your exam doesn’t have to be an arduous process.  Take this opportunity to broaden your skills, learn new concepts, and engage differently with our technology.  Achieving your certification will be the well-deserved outcome for all your hard work and preparation.

 

What are your tips for exam prep? How do you break down your study time versus hands-on learning/exploring?  Tell us about your experience getting ready for certification.

Are you looking for information on how to align your high education curriculum with Esri Technical Certification?  Check out our new story map: Esri Technical Certification for Education.  We provide guidance for developing and benchmarking geospatial skills for students.  With plenty of valuable information and resources, you will be ready to integrate certification attainment into your own education programs!

Esri, the global leader in geospatial technology, provides candidates with an opportunity to validate their skills against a proved level of competency.  Esri Technical Certification offers exams at three proficiency levels across three domains.

Esri Technical Certification Exam Domain/Level/Version chart. 

Our entry certifications are for candidates who have less than two years of learned application using ArcGIS software.  Whereas, our associate exams are for candidates who have two or more years of hands-on application and applied ArcGIS workflows.  And, our professional exams are for candidates with five years or more of applied experience and proficiency with workflow creation and troubleshooting.  Exams are designed so that each level builds from the content and complexity from the previous level. In so much as the professional level builds upon your knowledge and experience at the associate level, and the associate level builds upon knowledge and experience from the entry level.

 

Our exams validate expertise in three domains: desktop, developer, and enterprise.  The exams listed in each domain should help you decide which exam most closely matches your qualification and experience. Exams that have multiple levels are created to minimize content overlap, meaning each exam has unique content and levels of complexity based on the topic.

 

In selecting an exam, we recommend candidates carefully review the qualifications and skills measured information on the exam website.  Then, if you identify a skill gap between your knowledge and skills and those measured by the exam, you can review the exam preparation resources which includes a variety of learning options and online resources, organized by topic.  In a future post, we’ll provide more recommendations on how to prepare for your exam.

 

Once you have selected the exam that best fits your qualifications and skill level, you are ready to schedule your exam.  You will have the option to purchase an exam voucher from any of the specific exam websites.  The voucher cost $225 USD and is valid for 12 months after purchase.  Payments can be made individually or in bulk, depending on you and/or your company’s workforce development plans. 

 

The last step is to navigate to the Pearson VUE test page and select “Sign In” or “Create an Account” to register for an exam and find a test center in your area.  Please review the Pearson VUE site carefully for exam registration and test center policies and procedures.   

 

If you are attending an Esri sponsored conference, like User Conference or Developer Summit, you can schedule your exam while you are onsite with our event-based testing.  Please contact our team for more information and registration instructions.

 

Please visit our LinkedIn group to connect with other Certification candidates and go to our Success Stories webpage to read inspiring journeys to certification from your peers and colleagues. Our team can be reached at certification@esri.com

If so...why not register to take an Esri Technical Certification exam in Palm Springs?! 

 

Our team will be onsite at the week-long event to help any interested attendees become certified in one of our many exams across the Esri Platform.  To review our exams, visit the Technical Certification webpage and click on the link to see a detailed description of the qualification needed and the skills measured for each exam.  Then visit our reservation page to get signed up for a certification exam! 

 

For more info, please visit our website or contact our team at certification@esri.com

With the release of 10.6, we wanted to share some exciting news about the development cycle for Esri Technical Certification exams.  Due to the accelerated and varying cadence of Esri product releases and differences in product versioning, we will no longer use a version-based release cycle for certification exams. Going forward, the Technical Certification program will adopt a development cycle tied to a calendar year.  Every 18-24 months, new or updated exams will be considered for release. This approach allows for more effective professional development planning and will reduce the frequency at which individuals need to update their certifications.

 

We will share more details in 2018 as we finalize dates for our next exam development cycle which should begin in Q3 2018.  As we work through these changes we encourage interested candidates to continue to pursue certification at the most recent version available at https://www.esri.com/training/certification-find-exam/.  Learn more about the value of certification to individuals and organizations at https://community.esri.com/groups/esri-training/blog/2017/09/08/the-value-case-for-certification.

 

This new development model will also allow us to more easily explore the addition of new exams or domains – so stay tuned for more exciting news from Certification in 2018!

We have partnered with Acclaim, a part of Pearson VUE, to bring you digital versions of your Esri Certification.  These new digital badges can be shared on social media, in your email signature, and on your resume.

 

Be on the lookout for an invitation via email on January 10, 2018.

 

For more information, visit our website

Hello All,

 

Welcome and thanks for joining Esri Technical Certification on GeoNet! To get started we invite you to first review the space features on the overview page and familiarize yourself with the overall info, admins, and GeoNet 101 links in the left column.

 

As you explore, you’ll also find tools to connect and collaborate so we encourage you to use them to share files, create blogs, ask/answer questions and read the latest blogs posts and join discussions.

 

Next, we invite you to post a comment below to say “hello" and introduce yourself and share your technical certification experience. 

 

We’re excited to connect and collaborate with you and we look forward to seeing your contributions!

 

Thanks!

Technical Certification Team