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GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Esri Academy

Esri Academy

Esri is a global market leader in GIS. Esri's GIS mapping software is one of the most popular used mapping & spatial analytics technology available. It is also the licensed GIS software provided at FAU. Esri Academy offers a variety of online training, some are FREE, for you to learn more about GIS. Whether you’re brand-new to ArcGIS or a seasoned GIS professional who wants to master the latest technology, they have resources to help you achieve your goals.


You can explore all their courses in their Course Catalog. You will have the option to browse all courses by topics and sort by formats or products.

Topics are listed below:

  • Getting Started
  • Mapping and Visualization
  • Analytics
  • Data Management
  • Sharing & Collaboration
  • Scripting & Development
  • Design & Planning
  • Field Mobility
  • Monitoring

To access these online courses, you will need to set up an Esri account. An ArcGIS public account is a FREE account designed for personal, non-commercial use.
With a public account you can:

  • Create, store, and manage maps, scenes, layers, apps, and other geospatial content.
  • Share content with others.
  • Access content shared by Esri and GIS users around the world.

Learn ArcGIS

For Learners:

The Learn ArcGIS provides collections of curated content to guide you in your discovery and exploration of ArcGIS capabilities and products. From beginners and students to advanced users and educators, the Learn ArcGIS can help you learn, teach, and advance your GIS careers. Use the knowledge you gain from the Learn ArcGIS Hub to help the GIS community change our world for the better.


Their Lesson Gallery allows you to explore all the lessons they provide. You can create your own filter to sort lessons by capabilities, products, and more to discover the ones that suit you. 

For Educators:

Learn ArcGIS also provides a Teach with GIS Implementation Guide for Teachers, Schools, and Districts. Their goal is to support you in helping others learn about making maps and solving problems using the tools and data included in your GIS. All of the lessons are free to download and share. You can explore the Lesson Library and select exercises that fit the experience level and subject matter of your class.

Making Maps with ArcMap

Esri's MOCC Program


MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) offers FREE ongoing online classes. These courses offer a convenient, effective, and fun way to keep up with the fast-paced developments in geospatial technology. Classes are four to six weeks long and participants can study whenever they have spare time. A certificate is available upon completion.

GIS for Chronic Disease Trainings

These GIS training modules are provided by the CDC and cover introductory and advanced topics in GIS that are available on the Chronic Disease GIS Exchange, a website managed in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. These training modules were developed as part of the GIS Surveillance for Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases in State and Local Health Departments project. Training modules include slide shows, exercises, and data.

All training modules can be found here.


This GIS training curriculum has been designed to provide public health professionals working on chronic diseases with the skills necessary to execute common GIS tasks.