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TeachMeGIS curriculum, KCGIS Center instructor

See also Fundamentals of ArcGIS and Data Management in the Geodatabase

Three-Day Class
22.5 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 2.25

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.5625

This class is eligible for GI Bill education and training benefits.

King Street Center,
Computer Training Room

May 22–24, 2019 King County staff and the public: Register | Register Online
Eligible public employees in Washington:  Class info | How to register

GIS Software Used

ArcGIS Desktop version 10.x.


ArcGIS has much more functionality than simple map display and navigation. It has many tools for collecting, creating, and analyzing data. This three-day class teaches advanced skills for using ArcGIS. See how to connect information between tables and mark locations on the map. Practice managing data files, creating new data, and putting the data to work to generate answers to questions.


This class is for those who already know the basics of ArcGIS and want to expand their skills with the software and with GIS in general.

Topics Covered

Day 1
  • GIS Data Sources
    • GIS data on the Web
    • Esri and vendor datasets
    • ArcGIS Online
    • ArcMap review
  • Projection Basics
    • Spatial reference issues
    • Spatial reference
    • Spatial reference and ArcGIS
    • Setting the projection of data
  • Rasters
    • Raster data types
    • Raster display properties
    • Image analysis window
    • Clipping a raster
  • Joins and Relates
    • Using tables in ArcMap
    • Table relationships
    • Attribute joins
    • Relates
    • Spatial joins
Day 2
  • Bringing Data into ArcGIS
    • Georeferencing scanned images
    • Importing various data types
  • Creating GIS Data
    • GIS data types
    • File creation
    • Attribute definitions
  • Beginner Editing
    • Editing workflow
    • Tips and tricks
    • Sketch creation tools
    • Feature construction tools
    • Construction methods
  • Advanced Editing
    • Managing feature templates
    • Editing tips and tricks
    • Map topology
Day 3
  • Geoprocessing Tools
    • Geoprocessing defined
    • Geoprocessing menu tools
    • ArcToolbox
    • Geoprocessing options
  • Labeling Features
    • Label basics
    • Label styles
    • Label expressions
    • Label classes
  • ArcMap Tools
    • Accessing tools
    • Tools toolbar
    • Other toolbars
    • Graphs and reports
  • Advanced Layouts
    • Aligning map elements
    • Clipping a data frame
    • Grids and graticules
    • Inset maps
    • Data Driven Pages
    • Exporting to PDF

Prerequisites and Recommendations

Students should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and be familiar with the basic use of ArcGIS, including the topics covered in Fundamentals of ArcGIS.

What You Will Receive

  • 22.5 hours of instruction from a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT).
  • Use of a student PC while in class, with appropriate GIS software and access to training data.
  • 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.

Our Students Speak

“I liked that there were a lot of examples along the way. I also liked how the examples started fresh with each lesson. In the past, I've been in an environment where the examples built on each other, so if you made a small mistake early in the class, it was difficult to fix later on."

“Very good class. We covered a lot of material, but the instructor managed to cover it in adequate depth and keep it engaging."

“This class far exceeded my expectations, boosted my confidence in using ArcMap, and is one I recommend as a model for our other training."

"Well put together, informative, comfortable, helpful, great!"