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An Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for GIS Newcomers


This two day course will introduce those new to GIS to the essential concepts you will need to kick-start your productivity with ArcGIS Pro. Through instructor-led sessions, demonstrations and exercises, you will learn about the ribbon-style interface, project-based organisation, and key capabilities of ArcGIS Pro. You will become familiar with GIS and ArcGIS Pro terminology, practice with tools for mapping and visualization, editing data, performing analysis and sharing your work.

You will be provided with the data and exercises so that you can work through them again in your own time.

Note: After completing this course you may wish to attend ArcGIS Pro 2 – Essential Workflows for ArcGIS Pro. The Essential Workflow course builds upon the skills learnt during this course by introducing techniques such as image management and advanced editing.

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. 

If you are booking ArcGIS Pro for GIS Newcomers and ArcGIS Pro 2 – Essential Workflows at the same time, use this coupon to save 10% on ArcGIS Pro 2:  PRO1-2

Course Outline: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro for GIS Newcomers

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2 Days
Who is this course for?
New Users
Understand what GIS is and its range of uses
Identify the components of the ArcGIS Pro interface
Create a project in ArcGIS Pro
Manage and create geographic data
Query your data to find information about your data
Work with symbology and labels
Use editing tools to create or modify 2D data
Use geoprocessing tools to manage or analyse data
Share using ArcGIS Pro

Additional information




16th October 2023 – 17th October 2023, 13th November 2023 – 14th November 2023, 14th December 2023 – 15th December 2023

There are no prerequisites for this course.

“The course has exceeded my expectations. We have covered a lot in two days and I feel well-equipped to work with the software on my own. The training manual is excellent, particularly the structured exercises. I am sure that it will be very useful to return to the manual, along with the class exercises (thank you for providing these on a USB). ”
Jayne Glass – University of the Highlands and Islands

“Very good introduction – given me the confidence to start getting to know the software and saved me a lot of time”
Andrew Holden – Henderson Global Investors

“Came to the course looking to do a few specific tasks, very happy to report I will be using the software for a much wider range of functions”
Michael Torsney – True North Surveys

Getting Started

  • New ArcGIS Pro projects
  • Project structure
  • Accessing data
  • ArcGIS Pro user interface

Geographic data

  • Where does data come from?
  • Data Introducing data
  • Access and storage
  • Data formats
  • Geodatabase feature class
  • Other formats
  • Managing your data

Finding information

  • Bookmarks
  • Identifying features
  • Configure pop-ups

2D and 3D views

  • Maps
  • 2D maps
  • Layers and their properties
  • 3D scenes

Working with symbology

  • Basemap Layers
  • Symbology
  • Raster layers
  • 3D appearance

Labels and Annotation

  • Labelling
  • Creating data

    • Coordinate systems / spatial references
    • Selecting a spatial reference
    • Create a file geodatabase and feature class
    • Data design
    • Working with MS Excel

    Analysis and Geoprocessing

    • Analysis tools
    • ModelBuilder


    • Editing workflows
    • Edit ribbon
    • Manage templates

    Sharing your work

    • Sharing projects
    • Sharing maps and layers
    • Sharing to ArcGIS Online
    • Export a map or layout

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