GIS Training and Courses

Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2 Course Descriptions:


Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2: two-day course

This two-day course will explore the new, easy-to-use features in Esri's ArcGIS 10.2 software suite which includes ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox. ArcMap is a map-centric application for the editing, display, query and analysis of map data as well as map layout tasks. ArcToolbox is an organization of geoprocessing tools such as data conversion, overlay processing, buffer creation and map transformation. ArcCatalog is a data-centric application that lets the user locate, browse and manage spatial data. This course is intended for both new and experienced users of geographic information systems. Experience using Windows-based applications is highly recommended.
Topics covered:
• Displaying, projecting and editing data
• Working with tables
• Working with georeferenced data
• Querying your database and selecting features by location
• Making good maps from the data

Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2: one-day course

This course is very similar to the two-day course but  will offer a faster-paced introduction to all the essentials of Esri’s ArcGIS software and is meant for GIS beginners or people with experience using an ArcGIS versions older than 10.2. The following topics will be covered:

Map Making                                          Map Overlay
Feature Classification                           Data Clipping
Querying Data                                      Data Dissolving
Data Exporting                                     Table Joining and Relates
Data Buffering                                      Digitizing

Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2 Intermediate level: one-day course

This course will build upon the Essentials for ArcGIS 10.2: two-day and one-day courses by expanding on more complex issues and demonstrating more advanced geoprocessing tools and techniques. 

Look for more detailed description to come!

2015 Schedule:

August 20-21, 2015: Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2:  two-day course
October 22-23, 2015: Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2: two-day course



2016 Schedule:

January 7-8, 2016: Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2:  two-day course
April 7-8, 2016: Essentials of ArcGIS 10.2: two-day course
ISU Extension Community and Economic Development
2321 North Loop Drive, Suite 121
Ames, IA 50010
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Course Registration:

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Contact Nora Ladjahasan at In your email, please include the course(s) you wish to register for and the date with all other contact information listed in the course brochure.
NOTE: All courses begin at 8:30 a.m.. and end by 4:30 p.m.. on each day scheduled.
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ISU For-Credit Courses

CRP 451/551: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Coursework can also receive college credit through the online summer GIS courses.
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