Professional GIS Certifications vs Graduate GIS Certificates
GIS certifications validate an individual's knowledge and skills within specific areas of GIS such as the applications of GIS or geospatial intelligence.

Offered by nonprofits and businesses within the GIS field, such as the GIS Certification Institute or GIS software providers like Esri. Offered by academic institutions as part of education programs and can also be an excellent starting point before entering a GIS master's degree program.Typically focused on a specific skill set or GIS software application; designed to showcase proficiency beyond the minimum. Knowledge is more broadly applicable to the GIS or geospatial intelligence disciplines.