October 19, 2011 -- Ridgeland, MS -- Digital Quest announces SPACE, the new national, industry-backed, user-level geospatial certification. The new SPACE (Spatial Projects and Community Exchange) certification recognizes user-level skills in geospatial technology and is based on assessing an individual’s basic geospatial foundation.
The SPACE Certification gives students and institutions the ability to verify their foundation and offers students added recognition that they have begun to focus on a particular career path.
The use of geospatial technology has spread throughout many industries and high-growth job categories. Geospatial skills are increasingly becoming an essential tool in many industries and the SPACE certification provides a valuable mechanism to prove those skills.
The SPACE certification process has the flexibility to be implemented into seven essential job categories impacted by geospatial technology. Students gain valuable geospatial and project management recognition combined with career focus in: Homeland Security, Law and Public Safety, Marketing (Economic Development), STEM, Green & Sustainability, Transportation and Logistics, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.
The SPACE certifications are independently backed by the Enterprise for Geospatial Solutions (EIGS), Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET), and the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA). These organizations include some of the most innovative and influential companies in the geospatial industry.
“As a member of these organizations, we were able to identify and answer a base need for multiple user-level certifications that measured not only geospatial skills, but also an industry focus, “said Digital Quest president, Eddie Hanebuth.
Ideal for the current and future workforce, the SPACE certifications provide recognition for those individuals wishing to immediately enter the workforce or diversify theircurrent skill set. It can also serve as a starting point for students progressing to more advanced certifications like the Department of Labor backed STARS Technician level geospatial certification and beyond to professional certifications.
Hanebuth added, “It was important for us to create a tool that could benefit everyone in the development of their careers.”
The certification will be measured by completion of a standardized set of curriculum by Digital Quest and an exam-based assessment. For more information, visit Digital Quest at www.digitalquest.com or call 1-877-573-6683.
Digital Quest is a Mississippi-based development and training oriented company with a primary focus of enabling educational institutions to provide skill training in the new and ever-more vital field of Geospatial Technology. Through partnerships with organizations such as the Enterprise for Geospatial Solutions (EIGS), Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET), the Magnolia Business Alliance (MBA), Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), NASA, SkillsUSA and others, Digital Quest is able to deliver complete turn-key courses which can be taught by instructors with little or no previous GIS knowledge, and which can provide entry-level GIS technician certification to its students.
Digital Quest runs the STARS Geo Apprenticeship Program through the U.S. Department of Labor.