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Enrollment Options

  1. Enroll in one or more of the individual classes.
  2. Enroll in the entire Academy for a discounted cumulative price.
  3. Enroll in the Data Management in the Geodatabase plus GIS Academy bundle for a further cumulative discount.

Three-Day Course
22.5 hours
8:30am–5:00pm, WednesdayFriday

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

King County employee discount promo codes 
for online registrations (KCWeb)

You have the tools, it's time to refine your techniques

You've worked with ArcGIS and you have access to good data, but now you need to really deliver. Spend three intensive days with skilled King County GIS Center practitioners and learn how to get the most out of your GIS software and data. Our instructors will share their knowledge and help build your skills in a small-class-size, hands-on environment.

GIS Academy is not just a collection of classes, but an integrated work-problem-based curriculum designed to help you develop your ability while you apply your skills to a class project. After three days you will have gone well beyond the basics. You'll have new confidence to tackle more challenging assignments with enhanced productivity.

GIS Academy Classes

GIS Academy makes it easy to take advantage of KCGIS custom training by delivering four GIS Training Express classes back to back over three days.

We encourage students who want to go even further to add the optional two-day class, "Data Management in the Geodatabase," to their GIS Academy experience. This class occurs Monday and Tuesday of GIS Academy week, and it complements the Academy by teaching advanced ArcGIS skills. It also covers much of the material that was included previously in our former five-day GIS Academy.


Wednesday Thursday Friday
Topics in Advanced GIS Editing
(Part 1)
Efficient Geoprocessing Using ModelBuilder
(Part 1)
Effective Analysis: A Tour of GIS Tools
Topics in Advanced GIS Editing
(Part 2)
Efficient Geoprocessing Using ModelBuilder
(Part 2)
Document Your Data: Mastering Metadata


Individual GIS Academy classes cost $350 for half-day classes and $695 for full-day classes ($295 and $595 for King County employees). Enroll for the entire GIS Academy and save—your discounted total will be only $1,795 ($1,495 for King County employees) for a savings of $295 (or $285).

Save even more by choosing the Data Management in the Geodatabase plus GIS Academy discount bundle. You get five days of training for only $2,395—a nearly 25% discount over the total of the individual costs of all five classes.

See King County GIS Training Prices.


Choose individual classes, the entire Academy, or the Data Management in the Geodatabase plus GIS Academy discount bundle. Use the KCGIS Training Registration form  for all options, or register online using these links: entire Academy or Data Management in the Geodatabase plus GIS Academy discount bundle. See the individual class catalog pages for online registration links for those specific classes. 

More Information

GIS Training Express classes are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Educational Achievement Points awarded by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). Point values are indicated on the catalog page for each class.

KCGIS Custom Training has been designed to complement the academic education and basic GIS software training of most GIS professionals and users. The KCGIS experience has been that custom-designed, modular training is an effective means to enhance the productivity of GIS users, analysts, and data maintainers. The GIS Training Express program provides for ongoing and relevant GIS education to empower current and potential GIS community members as proactive spatial thinkers who can visualize their data, support better decision-making, and deliver superior public service using GIS tools. Instructors are seasoned King County GIS professionals who are expert at applying these techniques and tools.

GIS Academy will benefit you and the agency that you work for by expanding your GIS-related skills and strengthening your abilities to put GIS to work more productively so that you can report mission accomplished!

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Prerequisites and Recommendations

Students should be familiar with basic GIS theory and the general functionality of ArcCatalog and ArcMap. The GIS Academy also requires a basic knowledge of GIS editing concepts. Completion of Fundamentals of ArcGIS and Intermediate GIS Concepts or equivalent knowledge is required.

What You Will Receive (for the full three-day GIS Academy)

  • 22.5 hours of instruction from subject-matter experts and Academy class authors.
  • Use of a student PC while in class, with appropriate GIS software and access to training data.
  • A copy of the King County GIS Academy course workbook.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion Certificate which will indicate the CEUs (2.25) and GISCI points (0.5625) earned. (See the catalog pages for individual classes and workshops for their CEU and GISCI information.)
  • KCGIS Center’s 30 for 30 Support— Enrollees for the full Academy earn 60 minutes of phone support that can be used for 30 days after the Academy ends. This is our commitment to you to help ensure that you can apply your new GIS skills successfully.

Our Students Speak

“The Academy was amazing! Never been to a more informative and useful class.”