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Geospatial Intelligence

IMPACT's GEOINT curriculum is aligned with top industry certifications and provides extensive hands-on experience in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis and GEOINT analysis.


The IMPACT program prepares learners for industry-aligned certification exams, certificates and other professional credentials. The GEOINT curriculum is comprised of competency-based, self-paced courses that prepare learners for the geospatial intelligence field. Learners will develop knowledge directly related to the core competencies of the Geospatial Technology Competency Model developed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) [PDF].

The program focuses on geospatial problem-solving skills, data fusion, geospatial technologies, and applications of these to disaster response, emergency management, infrastructure and resource management, military and policy operations, big data analysis and cyber security. Learners completing the certificate program will be able to use the geospatial analysis techniques, skills and tools to derive meaningful information from geospatial data, solve geospatial intelligence problems in multiple situations and communicate their findings in a professional manner to both professional and public audiences.

IMPACT is built upon Radford University's established Geospatial Science program. It employs research-based practices from cognitive science, analytics, simulation-based learning, virtual reality and gamification in every aspect of its training to ensure it is challenging, highly effective and engaging.

IMPACT is ready to support your Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) training goals and become your GEOINT workforce strategic partner.


The content for the GEOINT certificate program is designed to:

  • Aligned with top industry certifications:  NCCA-accredited Universal GEOINT Certification, Certified GEOINT Professional- GIS & Analysis Tools (CGP-G), Certified GEOINT Professional- Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis (CGP-R), Certified GEOINT Professional- Geospatial Data Management (CGP-D), and Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP),
  • Meet the accreditation guidelines of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) accreditation program in GEOINT
  • Provide knowledge and skills to learners based on USGIF Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK). The GEOINT EBK describes geospatial intelligence competency and practice in terms of key job tasks and essential knowledge, skills, and ability required for a professional to be successful. These competencies are organized into four competency areas:
    • Competency I: GIS & Analysis Tools
    • Competency II: Remote Sensing & Imagery
    • Competency III: Geospatial Data Management
    • Competency IV: Data Visualization
  • Fulfill competencies from the Geospatial Technology Competency Model
  • Engage learners in hands-on experience with state-of-the-art virtualized remote labs.
  • Allow working professionals to earn credits through competencies without requiring any prerequisites beyond a high school diploma.
  • Make learners ready to work in the GEOINT Community immediately upon certification.
  • Meet the growing needs of the GEOINT community.

Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Content

The online Geospatial Intelligence professional certificate program consists of five courses to complete at your own pace. You have eight weeks to complete each Geospatial Intelligence certificate course online and up to a year to finish all five of your courses in the program. Our robust library of course content is delivered conveniently online through an efficient competency-based approach that both leverages and builds upon your background knowledge. Each course contains a series of modules with engaging activities and assessments to check your understanding as you go. With the convenience to study when and where is best for you, you can earn your professional certificate in Geospatial Intelligence as well as academic credit from Radford University in as few as six months.

Courses and Credits Description
EOS 125 (3 credits) Intro to Geospatial Data and Technology

Sources and Types of Geospatial Information, Geospatial Data Models, Fundamentals of Geodesic Science (e.g., geoid,ellipsoid, coordinate systems, heights, point positioning, datums), Metadata Requirements (e.g., metadata standards, geospatial standard organizations – Federal, Geospatial Data Committee), Exploring GIS and Remote Sensing Applications 

GEOS 250 (4 credits) Intro to Geographic Information Systems

Spatial Structures and Models, Vector and Raster Analysis Techniques,  Geocoding, Visualization Principles, Overlay and Suitability Analysis Techniques, Spatial Analysis Techniques, Analysis of Surfaces (e.g., elevation data),  Feature Attribution

GEOS 315 (4 credits) Intermediate GIS

Database Design,  SQL Fundamentals, Common Geospatial Database Tools, Spatio-temporal Analysis (e.g., trend analysis, predictive/anticipatory analysis), Statistical Techniques and Concepts, Geostatistical Methods, Vector Analysis (e.g., network analysis)

CBIT 343 (3 credits) Data Quality and Visualization

Data Profiling, Data Quality Assessments, Data Visualization, and Exploratory Data Analysis  

GEOS 480 (3 credits) Advancements in Geospatial Intelligence

The Intelligence Process, Decision Making with Geospatial Data, Uncertainty in Geospatial Data, Ethics with Geospatial and Big Data, Geovisualizations, Emerging GEOINT Technology

Total Credits


*Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation may be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.

* A USGIF certificate will become available in addition to the Radford University GEOINT undergraduate credits when the accreditation process is finished.

IMPACT is aligned with the CBE approach, which focuses on teaching specific job-related skills that are needed to perform a critical task in the workplace. The program will be delivered online in an asynchronous, self-paced manner and will be available at a fixed cost, regardless of the timeframe in which it is completed. Working professionals who successfully complete the program will earn 14 credit hours. IMPACT training will also prepare them for professional certification exams.

Our professional certificates offer flexible payment options such as the ability to purchase by course, with fixed pricing regardless of the it takes you to finish.


*Price is subject to change. There is an additional credit processing fee.

Learn more about the Geospatial Intelligence Certification through IMPACT. Now is the time to take the next step. Whether you are an employer looking to improve employee effectiveness and retention or an individual who wants to start a career in Geospatial Intelligence, IMPACT will take your career to the next level.

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