Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Professional Achievement Award in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Professional Achievement Award in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Hybrid Program


6 months


UCR Extension

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Using GIS can be a large, multifaceted and time-consuming exercise. Sometimes, simple projects that effectively communicate relationships or patterns do not need all of the robust features that are typically included in GIS software. The Applied GIS Professional Achievement Award delivers content that focuses on the basics of a creating a GIS, finding data, analyzing data, and creating maps. Today’s web products now incorporate more analysis and customization options, thereby making GIS more accessible and consumer friendly.

Get your feet wet with a base foundation in GIS, and then take your newly learned knowledge and advance to the Professional Certificate in GIS to further develop your skills to take on more involved, and complex projects.

Designed For

This program is designed for less technical staff or leadership in a business or agency who need know how GIS can be used for decision-making and solutions, including new trends and applications. Also, for individuals who need to learn the basics of GIS for implementing simple GIS projects and creating maps for small business, non-profit, or school assignment applications.

What You'll Learn

  • How to describe the basic components of a GIS
  • Understand the importance of scale, projection and coordinate systems in GIS
  • Map creation and the importance of WebGIS and Online GIS
  • Ways to obtain and edit geospatial data from various sources

Real People. Real Results.

“As a GIS Developer, my success has been based on continuous learning. The Professional Certificate in GIS is the foundation of my knowledge. Designed and taught by industry leading professionals, the program gave me the breadth and depth I needed to begin navigating the vast and ever changing world of GIS.”

Nathan Heick

GIS Analyst
Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Essential GIS Skills

ERT X454.65

3 units

Cartographic Design

ERT X104

3 units


Instructor Spotlight

“I always joke with my students that they can take what they learn each time we meet and use it to impress their coworkers. I enjoy watching my students' confidence and aptitude grow after each class as they not only grasp the power of Python, but also realize that they have acquired the knowledge and skills to put what they learned in class into practice in real-world applications.”

Brooke Reams

Python Scripting

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