New and Current Students

You have taken the first steps to starting the Online GIS Certificate Program at UWF. What next? Learn more about what to expect from our courses and how we can help you build a GIS career.

Course Enrollment

  • The Online GIS Certificate Program operates according to the A term Academic Calendar.
  • All Online GIS students enroll themselves in classes using their account.
  • GIS online staff provide students a course plan including details needed to complete registration. It is the students responsibility to check your course schedule and ensure you are properly enrolled. For questions regarding course plan options, please contact us at or 850-857-6121.
  • Students pay tuition per semester (amount based on credit hours enrolled). Specific due dates can be found on the Academic Calendar. Students make payments through the UWF Student Accounts and Cashier's Office via check, money order or credit card. Tuition payments can also be made online at once the account has been activated. See this FAQ page for financial services regarding payments. GIS staff cannot accept payment or offer financial advice.

Go to Class

  • Students "go to class" on their own time to view lectures and complete weekly assignments through UWF eLearning. View the eLearning demo and eLearning Guide for Students for more details.
  • All of our courses are instructor led with various means of communication and interaction. Students should begin checking their UWF gmail account for important notes from your instructors. Instructors do not have your personal email account information. FAQ's for Google at UWF
  • Students are expected to spend approximately 8 hours per week per course on required course materials and assignments. Former students have reported spending as many as 20 hours per week on assignments while enrolled in two courses. This guide 2016 Prepare Guide‌‌, created by instructors, will help you prepare for our GIS courses.
  • Several of our courses have required texts. A list of the required text books can be found on our GIS bookshelf page.

Student Support

We are passionate about supporting YOU! Our instructors strive to create a non-competitive atmosphere that encourages cooperative learning. The first week of courses is dedicated to an Orientation giving students an opportunity to get to know each other, create a peer support system and develop a good relationship with the instructor. We do our best to help our students overcome their fears of online learning and succeed in their transition to college-level coursework. You are not alone in this, we are here to help!

Our students are courageous, determined, and hail from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and experiences! Many of you are looking for a way to enhance your current skill set and job marketability. Our courses use real-world applications and industry relevant course materials to help you achieve the skills and knowledge needed for a new job in the GIS field or for advancement in your current position. Read our Alumni Stories to learn how others have succeeded in the program and how you too can find the work/life/education balance.

GIS is a key emerging and evolving industry with numerous career path opportunities. Our program goes the extra mile to prepare and support students for these careers during and after the certificate program by providing GIS job resources, rèsumè reviews, portfolio development (see the GIS Program Blog for more details and student examples) and valuable internship opportunities.

Additional Resources

  • In an effort to assist your on-going career development, UWF Online GIS Program offers resume critiques, career-related resources, and Job listings to all alumni.
  • This article by GIS Lounge "GIS Certification vs. Certificate Programs" describes the difference between a GIS Certificate (our program) and a GIS Certification (GISP).
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