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ArcGIS Desktop I:
Getting Started with ArcGIS

LENGTH OF CLASS: Two days (16 hours)


This instructor-led course teaches the fundamental concepts and basic functions of a GIS, the properties of GIS maps, and the structure of a GIS database. In course exercises, you will develop basic software skills by working with ArcGIS Desktop tools to visualize geographic data, create maps, query a GIS database, and analyze data using common analysis tools.


  • Individuals who do not have any prior GIS education or workplace experience with GIS
  • Managers and GIS support staff who infrequently use ArcGIS and need to understand how GIS fits into their organization


Those completing this course will be able to:
  • Understand what GIS is, what it can do, and how others are using it
  • See how your organization can benefit from a GIS
  • Create a basic GIS map
  • Work with different types of geographic data
  • Access information about geographic datasets and features
  • Apply a systematic approach to analyzing data in order to find patterns and relationships.


Click here for a detailed table of contents in pdf format (108 Kb).


Students should know how to use Windows-based software for basic file management and browsing.


This course is designed to work with the following software:
ArcGIS Desktop* Version
ArcView 10
ArcEditor 10
ArcInfo 10
*Only one of the listed licenses will be used in the classroom.

Schedule and registration information:

  Open Enrollment Classes   Client-Site Group Classes
Best for individuals or small groups Minimum of five trainees
Classes offered in Virginia Your facility
With Edgetech's equipment Your equipment or Edgetech's
Preset schedule Your schedule
Individual rate or use training credits (volume pricing) Group rate or use training credits
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