GIS Training Resources

A variety of options exist for those seeking training in the use of GIS software.

Self Paced Training

Our ESRI site license grants us unlimited access to ESRI virtual-campus software training courses. While these courses typically cost $40 -$250, UWF faculty, staff and students can be given access to many of these courses at no cost. Courses exist for beginning to advanced users and require access to ESRI software available in the GeoData Center laboratoryESRI Training Course Catalog PDF

Books published through ESRI press such as Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop and the GIS Tutorial series contain a trial version of the software, tutorial exercises and example datasets. Copies of these books are available in our GeoSpatial Library for use in our laboratory only.

ESRI SpatiaLabs are now freely available. These exercises "are standalone activities designed to promote spatial reasoning and analysis skills" using ArcGIS software.

Instructor Led training courses

The GeoData Center runs no-cost training workshops for university faculty, staff and graduate students who are interested in using GIS for research or instruction. These courses are typically offered 2-3 times per semester. Representatives from local nonprofit organizations are also welcome to participate if space is available.

UWF offers academic courses in GIS through the Department of Environmental Studies and the Online GIS Certificate Programs. These courses combine hands-on use in ArcGIS with the conceptual foundation of GIS data and operations.

The Division of Continuing Education's GIS Training Academy offers training in beginning ArcGIS software in both online and face-to-face courses. Sessions held on the UWF campus are generally intensive all-day events lasting two or three days. When offered online, training courses take place over 6 weeks. Participants earn Continuing Education credits that can be used toward GISP completion. For additional details and scheduled courses see the Division of Continuing Education GIS Academy. Custom training courses may be developed and offered for groups of 5 or more.

ESRI Instructor led training is available at a 40% discount from list price for faculty and staff. These training sessions are typically only available in major cities and online. 

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