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TeachMeGIS curriculum, KCGIS Center instructor

Three-Day Class
22.5 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 2.25

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.5625


Online via Zoom. All registered attendees will be sent a Zoom invitation.

next date to be determined

GIS Software Used

ArcGIS Pro version 2.x

For online sessions of this class, students must have ArcGIS Pro installed on their computer before class starts.


One of the things that makes ArcGIS so useful is the tremendous amount of data available to map and analyze. In this class, using ArcGIS Pro, you will learn to find, connect to, create, manage, and analyze that data. You will learn to search government sites for available GIS data, import non-GIS data formats, and to connect your maps to non-spatial spreadsheets, database tables, and other file formats. For example, linking parcels to scanned documents like deeds, and attaching photographs to road hazard locations. You will also learn to create, maintain, and manipulate your organization's internal data to keep the data relevant, up-to-date, and useful. Finally, this class will also teach you how to present your GIS data by focusing on map labeling techniques and layout skills.


Those who are comfortable with the basics of ArcGIS Pro, Esri's next-generation GIS software, and want to learn more about how to find, connect to, create, maintain, and display GIS data.  Experienced GIS users who want to make the switch from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro should check out ArcGIS Pro Quick-Start for the GIS Professional instead of this class.

Topics Covered

Day 1
  • GIS Data Sources – Where does all the data come from? Who creates it? How can you access it?
    • Your company’s data
    • GIS data on the Internet
    • Sharing maps and data
  • Projection Basics – Understand the importance of making sure your data is in the right place. See real-life examples of issues inaccurate spatial locations can cause.
    • Spatial reference issues
    • Spatial reference and ArcGIS
    • Geographic coordinate systems
    • Projected coordinate systems
    • Setting the spatial reference of the data
  • Bringing Data Into ArcGIS and Publishing Out of ArcGIS – Take paper maps and place them into correct spatial locations, import or export data from Google Earth, and more.
    • Importing data
    • Georeferencing an image
    • Publishing data to ArcGIS Online or your portal
  • Joins and Relates – Connect a parcel dataset to a spreadsheet of owner information that has no coordinates.
    • Using tables
    • Table relationships
    • attribute joins
    • relates
    • spatial joins
Day 2
  • Creating GIS Data – Create your own GIS data files.
    • GIS data types and file creation
    • Setting properties of GIS data
    • Database design
  • Intermediate Editing – Create your own GIS data and make changes to existing data.
    • Editing workflow
    • Feature construction tools
    • Construction methods
    • Tips and tricks
  • Advanced Editing – Employ some data QC techniques by ensuring that the boundaries and intersections between features that touch are accurate.
    • Advanced editing tools
    • Map topology
Day 3
  • 3D Visualization in ArcGIS – Understanding the essentials of 3D data, displaying data on a surface and at a fixed height.
    • Exploring data in 3D
  • Geoprocessing Tools – Build right-of-way polygons, find potential flood zones, and combine datasets to showcase school zones with potential hazards.
    • Solving problems in GIS
    • ArcToolbox
    • Geoprocessing options
    • Creating tasks
  • Labeling Features – Display important information about your features with a variety of techniques. Adjust the appearance and placement of labels for maximum effect, while still emphasizing what is most important.
    • Label basics
    • Label styles
    • Label expressions
    • Label classes
  • Advanced Layouts – Learn additional techniques for making a clean map layout. Clip the data frame to the outline of a layer. Add a grid to show coordinates. Show how different data frames relate to one another. Create a set of multiple maps for a whole area, such as one for each parcel.
    • Enhancing the data frame, including graphics, clipping the data frame, grids and graticules
    • Data Driven Pages
    • Export to PDF


In-person instruction with hands-on practice and course materials you can keep.

Prerequisites and Recommendations

Attendees should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS, including the topics covered in the Introduction to ArcGIS Pro class.

What You Will Receive

  • 22.5 hours of instruction from a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT).
  • Classroom sessions: Use of a student PC while in class, with appropriate GIS software and access to training data.
  • Online sessions: attendees must provide own computer and ArcGIS Pro software, appropriate Student license and access to training data will be provided.
  • A TeachMeGIS student workbook (to keep) which includes the lecture slides, exercises, and a DVD of the training data.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the CEUs (2.25) and GISCI points (0.5625) earned.
  • KCGIS Center’s 30 for 30 Support—30 minutes of phone, email, or face-to-face support within 30 days after class completion. This is our commitment to you to help ensure that you can apply your new GIS skills successfully.