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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




12th August 2024 – 13th August 2024, 9th September 2024 – 10th September 2024, 14th October 2024 – 15th October 2024, 11th November 2024 – 12th November 2024, 9th December 2024 – 10th December 2024

  • Getting started: New ArcGIS Pro projects, project structure, accessing data, ArcGIS Pro user interface.
  • Geographic data: Introducing, creating & managing data, data formats, coordinate systems/spatial references.
  • Finding information: Bookmarks, identifying features, configure pop-ups.
  • 2D maps, layers and their properties.
  • Working with symbology: Basemap layers, and feature symbology.
  • Labelling and properties
  • Analysis and geoprocessing: Analysis tools, ModelBuilder.
  • Editing: Editing workflows, edit ribbon, manage templates.
  • Sharing your work: Sharing projects, sharing maps and layers, sharing to ArcGIS Online, export a map or layout.

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).”
Jayne Glass – University of the Highlands and Islands

“Really good course which has taken me from knowing nothing to being able to navigate around ArcGIS Pro and complete tasks.” Sarah, National Highways

“The course has been incredibly helpful, there are great resources and it was taught at a pace that was engaging but easy to follow. There was a good balance of lecture type learning and active learning through activities.” Emma, East Sussex County Council

“As an introduction to ArcGIS Pro the level of this course was ideal and covered all the necessary elements and understanding to get up and running with this software and realising its potential. The course was online and all the connectivity worked fine with no real disruption in bandwidth. All the course material was supplied in advance with clear instructions on what was expected and how to connect on the day. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course for those dipping their toes in the water for the first time with ArcGIS Pro.” Paul, UKHO

“Very good introduction – given me the confidence to start getting to know the software and saved me a lot of time.” Andrew, 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, True North Surveys

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