Free online GIS courses

The Education and Training Unit of Population Data BC are offering a few free online GIS related courses and resources as part of their mandate to serve the needs of researchers, analysts and practitioners. Current courses / training resources offered are related to Administrative Data, Statistical analysis and Health geomatics. Some are provided as  self paced courses with various modules, others are offered as digital PDF training documents.Free GIS Training

  • Administrative Data 101
  • Statistical analysis
  • SAS
  • Mplus
  • Linear Regression
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • GIS and Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Mapping Health Data
  • Space-Time Disease Surveillance
  • Introduction to Space-Time Disease Surveillance tools

Free online GIS courses

Click here to find out more information and to register for the free online GIS courses / training material


GIS Training at Colleges and Universities

Our ever evolving Geomatics industry has lead to increased demands for specialized GIS training, and Canada has remained on top of the leading GIS education providers for many years. Here are some of the best Colleges and Universities that offer GIS related programs. This page was created on the site a number of years back to highlight some of the best Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer GIS related programs.

University of Toronto – GIS for Environmental Management

 

University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management

Programs: Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management ProgramUniversity of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management - School of the Environment, University of Toronto
Duration: 1 year (4 courses)
Location: (Anywhere in Canada – Online Program)

GIS has become a well known method for communicating spatial information and these days we tend to see more and more geomatics based applications pop up as GIS continues to spread out into more industries. A relative new term to geomatics would be ‘Environmental GIS’; one that is often used to describe using geo-spatial methods and tools to help develop and manage environmental strategies. The University of Toronto offers a Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management program that helps students build a solid foundation of GIS and Remote Sensing concepts and theory while developing skills related to environmental management.

The one year certificate programs is comprised of two required core GIS courses and two other geomatics related courses, all offered through distance education online over the internet.

“The School of the Environment at the University of Toronto specializes in innovative, completely on-line, distance education courses and certificate programs for working professionals. Our applied and professional programs are developed in collaboration with industry experts and taught by leading industry practitioners ensuring current and leading edge knowledge and skills. Courses are developed for mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs who need to enhance their expertise, internationally educated professionals augmenting credentials for the Canadian context and recent college and university graduates seeking to advance their careers, enabling all to excel. Make informed decisions: impact your profession. “

University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management - University of Toronto - 3D GIS image

3D view in a case study from one of the courses of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program showing a 100 m raster buffer around streams.

Graduates of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program may also become eligible for the Environmental Professional in Training designation under the national certification program for Canadian environmental professionals. Certification is a highly discussed topic these days in many geomatics networks and can help establishes your professional credibility at a national level demonstrating to potential clients and employers that you have a unique combination of skills, practical knowledge, education and experience.

“Certification is crucial in the environmental sector where green-washing makes it difficult to separate the self-proclaimed experts from the real ones. It demonstrates an individual’s professionalism, commitment to the field, and desire to remain on top of current practices. It is also a measure of a professional’s competencies against verified standards, which set them apart from others in the industry.”

The program is designed for those that are new to GIS with no background knowledge of geomatics (although it never hurts to have some knowledge) so there are no prerequisites except a basic understanding of computers and Windows operating systems. In the first course students receive an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis techniques through GIS and then the other courses build upon that knowledge. Esri ArcGIS 10 software running on the Centre for Environment’s GIS server is provided to students so that they can access their course-work from virtually any computer with an internet connection and not need to worry about any troubles involved with installing GIS software on their own computer. The popular Esri ‘Virtual Campus’ online courses are also provided to students to use in the program.

All courses are self paced within a defined schedule led by an instructor that provides lectures and guides students through the material, assignments and training. Online courses offer flexibility and convenience for people who have started careers and families and do not have the luxury of being able to go back to school full time. This way they can study at their own pace and cut travel or relocation costs while adding geomatics skills and knowledge to their existing portfolio.

Contact Info

Donna Workman – d.workman@utoronto.ca (416)978-7077

Web Sitehttp://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/home/distance-education/programs/geographical-information-systems-(gis)-for-environmental-management.aspx or see the University of Toronto See the Course Web Site for more details.

[source: email & utoronto.ca]

 


Okanagan College Advanced GIS Certificate

Okanagan College Advanced GIS Certificate

Location: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
GIS Programs: Advanced GIS Certificate

Info: These days more and more professionals are called upon to manage and process geographic information using GIS technology to accomplish their tasks. To help them better meet these needs, Okanagan College in British Columbia has been offering a variety of different GIS courses. Everything from the short 1 month online intro courses right up to the more comprehensive certificate program.Okanagan College Advanced GIS Certificate

With the Advanced GIS Certificate program students learn the essentials of using GIS to create detailed maps, edit and manage spatial data and manage geographic based projects. More advanced topics include raster analysis,  working with 3D data, and how to use GPS to collect data and perform spatial analysis.

A blend of theory and practical application are combined to ensure that graduates are prepared to enter the work force in a variety of different employment opportunities.

Contact Info

2552 10th Ave NE (TCH)
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 2S4

Tel: (250) 832-2126

See the Course Program page for more details.

 [sources: okanagan.bc.ca]


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Durham College GIS Certificate

Durham College Online GIS Certificate

Durham College Online GIS Certificate

Location: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
GIS Programs: Advanced GIS Certificate

Info: 

Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in the Durham Region of Ontario. The Durham College GIS Certificate program is designed for students who want to develop skills and knowledge appropriate for entry level positions. It has been designed to accommodate someone who seeks basic understanding of business practices combined with geographic knowledge.

The GIS program is offered online.

Durham College


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Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications – Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has developed as one of Canada’s centers for GIS education

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Vancouver Island UniversityVIU’s Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (ADGISA)is offered both with either an In-Class or a fully Online version. In both options, students learn how to use GIS as spatial information and problem-solving tools in addressing real world problems. The eight month In-Class program is equally divided between learning hands-on concepts and mastering GIS as a tool in solving real world problems.

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Vancouver Island UniversityThe online program is similar to the In-Class program but spread out over sixteen months and tailored to those who are currently employed or can not relocate to Nanaimo, British Columbia.  Both options are delivered as a package and no individual courses are offered. ESRI’s ArcGIS is the main software package used in the delivery of these programs including a select number of course modules, available through ESRI’s Virtual Campus.

VIU has six experts in GIS and Remote Sensing, three of whom teach full-time in the ADGISA program. All of the ADGISA instructors are dedicated, full-time faculty members committed to ensuring our students’ success. A very high proportion of program graduates have successfully secured full-time jobs in GIS.

The VIU Master of GIS Applications (MGISA) program is a two-stage program offering both Blended (Face-to-Face/Online) and Fully Online options. The program is designed for both students who have little exposure to GIS and for students who have already completed a post-graduate GIS Diploma. For students with little experience, the program is 2 or 2½ years in length, depending on whether the Blended of Fully Online option is chosen. Those students who already hold a post-graduate GIS Diploma may be eligible for advanced entry into the final year of the program.GIS Applications Vancouver Island University

Contact Info:

  • Email: dave.cake@viu.ca
  • Phone: 1.888.920.2221
  • Address : Nanaimo, BC V9R 7B4, Canada

For more details refer to the GIS Applications Vancouver Island University site https://www2.viu.ca/adgisa/ or the Mater of GIS Applications program page http://www2.viu.ca/mgisa

GIS at Fanshawe College

 Fanshawe College GIS Graduate Certificate Program

Fanshawe College GIS

Location: London, Ontario
Program(s): GIS Graduate Certificate Program & a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma
Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma / High School

Info: The one year Fanshawe College GIS Graduate Certificate Program at the School of Design is actually an eight month intensive program that prepares graduates from College or University for employment opportunities in a wide range of industries that everyday utilize both spatial and tabular data sets. Their program is hands on project based and industry leading software intensive training, Students gain a solid foundation of GIS skills coupled with leading edge industry techniques to

learn the skills that can provide spatial solutions.

In Fanshawe’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, you’ll learn a complete range of GIS skills to help you increase your marketability. This eight-month intensive program will prepare you for employment in a wide range of land-based industries that require expertise in the use of spatial and tabular data.

Career Opportunities for graduates are to become GIS Specialists, GIS Programmers, Spatial Database Specialists, or GIS Analysts in either the GIS software industry, various levels of government of any private industry that makes use of spatial geomatic technologies. Their web site states that this program is open to International Students.

Fanshawe College also offers a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma that does not require a College or University background. This program focuses on the many uses of land and resources found in both rural and urban areas. Students learn how to design ideal communities, plan and co-ordinate land development, build and maintain geographic databases, using a combination of GIS, CAD and graphic design technology. The program is considered to be hands on providing industry experience through paid co-op work terms.

Graduates of this program tend to work in all different levels of governments, different land development companies, as well as many planning and consultant agencies. Some students even qualify for further education with the Urban and Regional Planning degree program through Ryerson University.

Contact Info

1001 Fanshawe College
London, Ontario
N5Y 5R6
GIS Program: Rick Oskirko (519) 452-4430 ext. 4322 roskirko@fanshawec.ca
GIS / Planning Program: Russell Schnurr (519) 452-4430 ext. 4322 E-mail: rschnurr@fanshawec.ca
See the GIS Course page or GIS / Planning Program page for more details.

 [sources: fanshawec.ca ]


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Geomatics at Ryerson University

Ryerson University Geomatics

Ryerson University Geomatics

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis, Post-Graduate GIS Certificates, Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA), Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Civil Engineering (with a Geomatics Engineering option)

Ryerson University located in Toronto, Ontario is probably best known as a public research University. The university is composed of 31,000+ undergraduate students, 2,200+ graduate students, and 65,000+ continuing education students. The institute has built a solid reputation over the years and is well known for the programs that it offers with the majority of them emphasizing applicable hands on skills and training. As a result, Ryerson University has established it self with a reputation for producing career ready graduates ready for the work place.

Ryerson University offers a number of various options to people who want to pursue a Geomatics career with several programs witch we cover here briefly. If you are in the Toronto area and want to study Geomatics then you should contact the web sites and contact people mentioned to find out more information to help aid your decision.

Contact Info: Each program has a different contact person, so click on the program below that you wish to obtain the contact information for:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Analysis
  • Post-Graduate GIS Certificates
  • Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Civil Engineering (with a Geomatics Engineering option)

Ryerson University Geomatics

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Humber College Online GIS Certificate

Location: Toronto, Ontario
GIS Programs:  Fundamentals of GIS Certificate

The Fundamentals of GIS Certificate program from Humber College is designed for every day practitioners such as office managers, technical professionals, and or support staff responsible for managing and using GIS data sets.Humber College Online GIS Certificate

It has been designed to appeal to many people from various disciplines such as urban planning, transportation, engineering, natural resources and business industries. 

The program is delivered via online format only so students can be located virtually anywhere in Canada and still upgrade their GIS skills while maintaining an everyday job.

 

Contact Info

205 Humber College Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 5L7

ceappliedtech@humber.ca (416) 675-5094


See the Course Web Site for more details.


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Is your GIS program listed?

One of the goals of Canadian GIS & Geomatics is to promote education programs in Canada. Currently we have about 25 different Universities & Colleges on our site that offer education related to GIS and Geomatics. However if you are currently in a GIS program or know of one that we have yet to post on the site then we would be interested in hearing more about it from you, so we can share that information with others.