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ArcGIS 1 – Fundamentals of ArcGIS 10.x for Desktop


This two day course will introduce you to ArcGIS Desktop ArcMap). It is the first of two courses designed to give the user a solid foundation in using ArcGIS Desktop. This course will introduce you to the main functions of ArcMap. This includes the creation and manipulation of a map document, basic geographic data management, selection and analysis of data and creation of a map for output. If resources allow you will also be introduced to ArcGIS Online and create an online map.

The course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercises that you will work through over the 2 days.   You will be provided with the data and exercises so that you can work through them again in your own time.

Please note that ArcMap has now entered Mature Support and will be retired in March 2026. You should consider moving to ArcGIS Pro if possible. We will be removing ArcMap courses from our curriculum in July 2024.


Continuing professional development (CPD) is an integral part of applying for and maintaining Chartered Geographer accreditation. Attendance of this course will provide the attendee with 10 CPD points. Click here to find out more
Note: It would be highly beneficial if you follow this course with ArcGIS 2 – Essentials of ArcGIS 10.x for Desktop as this course will only introduce you to the basic concepts/functions. ArcGIS 1 and ArcGIS 2 are complementary courses and to achieve a good level of ArcGIS skills/knowledge you need to attend both courses. ArcGIS 2 will build on this basic knowledge and introduce you to more tools and functions including the analysis tools.If you are booking ArcGIS 1 and ArcGIS 2 at the same time, use this coupon to save 10% on ArcGIS 2:  ARCGIS1-2
Course Outline: ArcGIS 1 Fundamentals of ArcGIS 10.x for Desktop
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2 Days
Who is this course for?
New Users
Data Editors
GIS Database Designers
GIS Managers
Return to your workplace with enough knowledge and confidence to start using ArcGIS to explore your own data.
Create, manipulate and explore a map document using standard tools and techniques.

Additional information




24th June 2024 – 25th June 2024

  • Getting started: What is a GIS? What is ArcGIS? How can ArcGIS be used?
  • ArcGIS the system: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online.
  • Introduction to geographic data: Vector data and raster data, coordinate systems.
  • Data formats: The geodatabase, shapefiles, managing data in ArcCatalog.
  • Open a map: Map document interface, table of contents, layers and properties, context menus, help.
  • Adding data: Basemap layers, symbol search, display symbols using attribute table values, layer files.
  • Finding information: Bookmarks, identify, find, selection tools, measure tools.
  • Spatial and non spatial tables: Table management, table joins and relates, summary tables, graphs.
  • Create labels: Convert labels to annotation, map annotation.
  • Selection tools: Select by attribute, select by location, select by graphic.
  • Spatial reference: Create a feature class, create a shapefile, create points from coordinates.
  • Start an edit session: Editing templates, create features window, perform basic edits.
  • Map output: Layouts, insert elements, output options, templates.
  • What comes next?

Use of Windows software.

“Enjoyable course delivered by experts.”
Allan Crooks – Zero Waste Scotland

“The trainer was brilliant, worked at a pace for everyone, made sure we all understood each section before moving on to the next section. Loved doing the exercises after each section. Location and venue very good.”
Justine Gray – Hampshire Fire & Rescue

“A very comprehensive and well-paced introduction to ArcGIS. For an introductory package, I thought the content was very good and covered most of the basics that I would be likely to use.”
Jeffrey Wilson – Surrey County Council

“Spot on for my needs. Material, structure and pace was perfect for the whole class … Alan did an excellent job as instructor. He was very helpful, very knowledgeable and set the pace perfectly.”
Marie Halford – Severn Trent Water

“I really enjoyed the course – I like the length of each section and the activities at the end. I think the course book was a great aid and loved the way it was written.”
Leah Stonell – East Sussex County Council

“Considering there was such a varied group regarding to the level of experience of ArcGIS, the course was brilliant. Easy to follow and just enough time spent going through the stages as well as the time spent of doing the exercises. The instructor was approachable and very informative. There was light humour and he made the course very enjoyable. There was a lot to take in but it was put across in a way that kept everyone’s attention – very well done!”
Katrina Mallaburn – Royal National Lifeboat Institution

“Excellent grounding in ArcGIS. I have used ArcGIS on and off for several years but learned a lot of new ways of working that I had overlooked in the past.”
Paul Soundy – CGG

“Very good and pitched at a level that I can take back to the workplace and use straight away.”
Penny Birtle – Magnox

“The course has fully fulfilled my expectations. I came here with the idea of refreshing my basic forgotten GIS skills, but to my surprise I’ve not only retrieved them but I’ve learned a handful of very useful new things.”
Jordi Lloret Badia – NKT Cables

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