Esri User Conference Behind-the-Scenes: Certification Testing

Blog Post created by Charlotte_Papp-esristaff on Jun 8, 2018

This week we are talking about certification testing. Our certification program started in 2010 as a way for the Esri community to benchmark their ArcGIS skills. The program is open to Esri employees, distributors, partners, and customers worldwide. We started with only five exams and now offer nine different certifications, with certified individuals in 86 countries.


Man and woman sitting behind computers taking an examWhat is certification testing?

Certification testing is a benchmark to measure your proficiency with Esri GIS software. They typically last between 2-2.5 hours, with 80-95 multiple choice questions. Certification is a way to differentiate tech workers in the market, grow your professional resume, or reach a personal goal.


Why should I get certified?

It is a requirement for certain positions and highly valued by many companies. All of our Esri instructors must have them. Certification is a great way to grow within your organization, find a new position, increase your salary or develop your personal and professional skills.


You can read some success stories from those who have benefited from their certifications, or read this blog post about the value of certification.

Check out a recent survey about certifications and average salary.

How do I get certified?

Our certification team is excited to offer Certification testing at the Esri User Conference this year making it more convenient to take your exam. Testing will be offered Tuesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 12, 8 a.m.  –  5 p.m. in the Omni Hotel across the street from the San Diego Convention Center. You can find more information here.


Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

  1. Select your exam. You can choose from nine (9) exams across three domains with three different skill levels. If you are unsure which exam is best for you, check out this post.
  2. Prepare for the exam. There’s a post about that too!
  3. Register for the exam. Registration is optional but highly recommended.
  4. Pay for the exam. The cost of the exam is $225. You can pay when you arrive on site (click here for conference discount information).
  5. Bring two forms of ID!

Tips from the Team:


  • Wear layers
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Talk to 1000 people. Talk to presenters, talk to the person sitting next to you, talk to everyone you possibly can
  • Have an energy bar in your bag for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack

For Discussion:

For our certified GeoNet members, what made you decide to get your certification? What advice do you have to prepare for the exam?