The certificate program is designed to provide students with the appropriate training and skill set for acquiring a job using GIS. There is no formalized placement program, however there is considerable exposure to jobs and internship postings as well as networking with GIS professionals while attending the program. This offers a successful forum for obtaining a position after finishing the certificate of completion. The student base is a mix of individuals working at a job already incorporating/adopting GIS who need further training, individuals in career transition, academic students supplementing their training, and those only taking a course or two to enhance their current skill set. I can say confidently that many students do go on to acquire a position using GIS in a variety of disciplines.
Within the GIS Community I believe there has always been much confusion regarding position title, requirements and qualifications. There is often a disparity in job qualifications desired and the title listed. Given this, completing the certificate will give students the skill set for acquiring a position with title of GIS Technician, Specialist, or lower level Analyst (I or II).