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Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)

  • 1.  Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)

    Posted 09-13-2018 17:53

    The following is information released by the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence or the "GeoTech Center" that helped to support the development of the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) in 2010. I served on that committee that completed the model and it's now time to update the GTCM. Comments from the community are welcome and a link to download the documents appear at the bottom of this text.

    "The Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) has become an important resource for defining the geospatial industry and a valuable tool for educators creating programs since its finalization in 2010. The GTCM defines the key knowledge and skills included within the domain of geospatial technology. The University of Southern Mississippi’s Geospatial Workforce Development Center conducted an initial effort in the early 2000s to define skills and competencies. This effort led to the first draft of the GTCM. This draft GTCM was reviewed by the Spatial Technologies Information Association with broad competency definitions. Work continued under direction of the Geographic Information Technology Association (GITA), the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (DiBiase et al 2010, p.56) but it remained a draft. In early 2009 members of the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) became involved in the effort to complete the GTCM. A broad-based panel of geospatial experts were convened and suggested that shared industry-wide competencies become Tier 4 and industry-sector competencies become Tier 5. Public comments were sought and comments were addressed with a final GTCM draft submitted to the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration’s (DOLETA) Geospatial Technology Competency Model. The draft was approved by DOLETA in 2010. The industry has continued to evolve and grow and the GeoTech Center has undertaken the work to update the 2010 version of the GTCM.  Partnering with DOLETA, the GeoTech Center updated the GTCM in 2014. The USDOL prefers that competency models are updated every four (4) years."