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Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Program Overview

Start Date:  January 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015
School:  Technology and Skilled Trades 
Program Number:  079 
Campus:   -
Delivery:  Online 
Accreditation:  Mohawk College Certificate 

Program Description

GIS, a popular and affordable technology, provides the ability to automate map production and integrate earth imagery with other data to solve geographic problems. Develop or enhance your skills and knowledge in effective use and management of GIS. Designed for managers, technical professionals, and support staff responsible for managing and using GIS, Urban Planners, Civil and Transportation engineers and individuals in resources management and business.




Benefits / Highlights

Throughout the Program, you will learn how to use various GIS software platforms, such as ArcGIS, data management, and you will learn how to use GPS technology and how it can be used on GIS mapping. There are 8 courses in the Program and it all depends on your lifestyle and workload on how long it takes to complete the Program. You may take as many courses as you like in each semester to complete the Program, but we highly recommend you take the prerequisite courses before taking particular courses (Please see the Program of Studies or the Continuing Education course catalogue). All of the courses are completed online - there aren't any on-campus courses.

Admission Requirements

Recommend Requirements: None, only a desire to learn GIS.

How to Register

For registration options click here.

Program of Studies

The program of study applies to students starting Fall 2014.

Students currently in progress should contact the Program Manager regarding a strategy for completion

Click on the course title for a course description.

Geographic Information Systems Course

This course is not a mandatory course for the Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Business Practice for GIS Professionals - BUSN10104

Enhance your GIS skills with practical insights into business issues including copyright, patent and source code rights, data sharing, liability, contracts and disclaimers. Examine proven project management techniques and evolving trends and business processes.

Program Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete all of the required courses, you will receive the Geographic Information Systems Certificate, acknowledging your achievement and training in the courses that have been covered throughout the Program. Upon achieving the Certificate, you will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of GIS theory, GIS software, GPS equipment, data management and structure, remote sending, and internet mapping. You will also understand how al the courses incorporate hand-in-hand with each other, how you can incorporate certain GIS initiatives within your job using what you have learned in the Program, and what the various job markets are looking for in the GIS proficiency today.

Career Outcomes

Government Agencies (local, provincial and federal)

  • Transportation services
  • Urban planning
  • Data management warehousing
  • cartography

Police Foundations

  • Criminal Analysis

Emergency Medical Services

  • Dispatch control

Consulting Agencies

  • Environmental constraints analysis
  • GPS surveying
  • Spatial data analysis

GIS Software Developers

  • GIS education
  • Business analysis

There are several GIS positions and titles in these professionals - such as:

  • Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
  • Geographic Information Systems Technician
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrist
  • Surveying Technicians
  • Mapping Technicians

Popular GIS Job Postings Websites

Program Manager

For more information send Patrick Worsell an email.

Click here for more information on the program manager.

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