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TeachMeGIS curriculum, KCGIS Center instructor

See also Intermediate GIS Concepts and Data Management in the Geodatabase

Two-Day Class
15 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 1.5

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.375

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

King Street Center,
Computer Training Room

November 28–29, 2018 King County staff and the public: Register | Register Online
Eligible public employees in Washington:  Class info | How to register
March 26–27, 2019 King County staff and the public: Register | Register Online
Eligible public employees in Washington:  Class info | How to register

GIS Software Used

ArcGIS for Desktop version 10.x.


ArcGIS is a powerful and complex tool for viewing and analyzing data. With so much functionality available in the software, it can be difficult to get started. This 2-day class teaches essential skills for being efficient with ArcGIS. Explore GIS data through ArcMap and create maps to illustrate relationships in the data. Learn methods of displaying data with symbols and text. See how to ask questions of the data and get answers.


This class is primarily for those who want to learn the basics of ArcGIS.

Topics Covered

Day 1
  • Introduction to GIS
    • What is GIS?
    • What is ArcGIS?
  • Starting ArcMap
    • GIS data
    • Working with ArcMap
  • Layer symbology
    • Changing symbology
    • Display properties
  • Layer properties
    • Table of contents
    • Labels
    • Layer files & packages
Day 2
  • Selections and queries
    • Selecting features
    • Interactive selection
    • Select by attributes
    • Select by location
    • Using the selection
  • Layouts
    • Data view and layout view
    • Creating a map
    • Map elements
    • Map output
  • GIS data types
    • GIS data
    • Catalog
    • Item description
    • Finding data
    • Spatial reference
  • Tables and geoprocessing
    • Plotting coordinates
    • Basic geoprocessing tools

Prerequisites and Recommendations

Students should have knowledge of Microsoft Windows®.

What You Will Receive

  • 15 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 (1.5) and GISCI points (0.375) 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

“Great introduction—I liked the combination of lecture, textbook, and exercises. The exercises were especially efficient in touching on many different aspects without going into too much detail. Thanks!”

“Well done. I put my GIS skills to use the first week back on the job. Thank you!”

“Good simple explanations. Tough but doable exercises”

“This class is for anyone needing to make accurate maps containing data appropriate for their needs and to share with others who may not be able to get the information accurately and in one place.”