Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Classroom Program


12 months


UCR Extension

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Our instructors are pioneers in the field of GIS, bringing an incredible 140 years of GIS experience to the classroom. They work in government, private corporations and provide real-world expertise. Gain the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience to use GIS in any industry, and be recognized as a GIS professional.

Designed For

Individuals who:

  • Wish to enter the field of GIS or apply GIS applications in their current profession
  • Wish to sharpen current GIS skills and obtain a certificate to validate their expertise

What You'll Learn

  • Learn concepts and applications of GIS technology.
  • Obtain hands-on experience using the latest GIS software.
  • Use geospatial technology to develop solutions to issues facing communities and industry.
  • Explore interdisciplinary elements of GIS including cartography, topology, database design and spatial analysis.
  • Understand how GIS is used within health care, public works, natural and historical resources, environmental management and other fields.

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

Program Overview


18 Units


6 Units

Real People. Real Results.

“Utilizing GIS has helped my department's management team decide how to best allocate resources. The dynamics of the subject areas made this educational experience an amazing one!”

Maria Martha Moreno

CIS Business Systems Analyst III
Riverside County Department of Mental Health
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

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

Technology Requirements

You must have a PC with internet access and appropriate software.

GIS Internship

Participate in a GIS field study/internship (minimum: 60 hours) to earn 1.5 units toward your requirements.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Practical Approaches for Implementing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

ERT X450

3 units


Quarter 2

Cartographic Design

ERT X104

3 units

Geoprocessing and Analysis (formerly: Introduction to Spatial Analysis)

ERT X450.2

3 units


Quarter 3

GIS Database Design

ERT X454.5

3 units

GIS Applications Lab

ERT X453.4

3 units


Quarter 4

Principles of Web GIS Applications

ERT X453.61

3 units


Instructor Spotlight

“I carried out my first GIS project while I was in high school in Ghana, plotting all government schools using ArcView GIS. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge in GIS with others. My students will go back to their jobs, or start a new one, with a new skill set and renewed minds as it relates to spatial thinking.”

Soloman Nimako

GIS Analyst
City of Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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