The Importance of Training!

One of the key pieces to any GIS program is continued training and education opportunites not only for new GIS pracitioners but also for experienced Analysts who need to keep thier skills current. 

There are a lot of GIS training opportunites available for both new and old users alike and I think that this would be a good place to announce opportunites for shared training and also to evaluate some of the exisiting programs that are in place.

Please use this forum to let everyone know about upcoming training programs and to let us know what you think of programs that you've participated in.  This forum could also be used to find partnerships with neighbouring groups who share training needs so let everyone know if you are looking for a particular type of training.


2 ideas on GIS training

Hi all - here's what worked for me in regards to training.

I received some excellent GIS training from BCIT.  They have a full-time program from September to mid-April.  From April to May or June, students work on an industry research project or workplace practicum,  Each year they graduate about 45 students.  They also offer part-time studies, which you can take from home or a conventional classroom setting.

Another good training option is the ESRI website.  The last time I checked there were 147 courses offered.  44 were instructor led, and 103 were self-study web-based courses.  These are for all levels of expertise, and many are free.