Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fundamentals Intensive Academy

Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Fundamentals Intensive Academy

Classroom Program


5 Weeks


UCR Extension

Take the lead in today’s data-driven world with an in-demand skill set that offers endless applications in nearly any industry. Learn how to understand, organize, and visually present large amounts of data.

Program Dates: June 25 – July 27

In just five weeks, you can earn a Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Fundamentals. Today, GIS includes the web, crowd-sourcing, social media and web services, which opens up powerful streams for sharing information. This project-based curriculum combines lecture and practical lab work (with real-world data) using the ArcGIS software platform and desktop software, including Web GIS, GIS Online, Mobile GIS and Apps, ArcGIS Pro, geospatial and spatial analysis tools, web mapping, and JavaScript. The program includes field visits to the Esri User Conference in San Diego, the UCR Map Gallery, and the Esri headquarters in Redlands.

Extend your stay and Learn More.

Register for Python week to complete the course GIS Python Scripting, July 30-Aug. 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (link to Python Week)

Designed For

Individuals who:

  • Are involved with building and implementing information systems or seeking the skills to launch a career in GIS.
  • Wish to sharpen current GIS skills and obtain a certificate to validate their expertise.

What You'll Learn

  • State-of-the-art technologies and software using the ArcGIS platform: ArcGIS Pro, Mobile apps, Online Cloud GIS, Web App Builder and web app templates, ArcGIS Enterprise.
  • Analyzing tools and methodologies.
  • Visualization using cartographic design and web services.
  • Practice with Web GIS related fields and pioneering technologies.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries, and can be found in small firms or companies, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • GIS Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Coordinator or Manager
  • GIS Developer

What You Should Know

Dates and Deadlines

  • Early Bird Rate: $4,995 (if paid on or before June 1)
  • International Student Rate: $6,150 (see IEP website for more information)
  • Pay a $500 deposit to reserve your spot.
  • Deposit is nonrefundable after June 1.
  • Balance is due on or before June 15.

What's Included

Students are provided with all course materials, textbooks, parking, and a luncheon. Field trips (including transportation) include:

  • Esri User Conference in San Diego
  • UCR Map Gallery
  • Esri headquarters in Redlands

Added workshop: GIS Career Workshop


  • ArcGIS 10.6 student license (provided upon arrival)

Suggested Equipment

A laptop is not required, but if you bring your own, it must have minimum system requirements to run the ArcGIS software. (


Housing is not included in the program fee. For housing at the International Village, visit the International Village website. Nearby hotels and other housing may be available.


Download the GIS Intensive schedule.

Earning The Certificate

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

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows.
  • Successful completion of one of the following:
    • Introduction to ArcGIS
    • Equivalent courses from an accredited college or university (official transcripts required)
    • Consent of program coordinator
  • For more information, see How to Earn a Certificate.

    For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Quarter 1

Essential GIS Skills

ERT X454.65

3 units

GIS Applications Lab

ERT X453.4

3 units

Principles of Web GIS Applications

ERT X453.61

3 units


Instructor Spotlight

“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas

Associate Dean, UCR Extension

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