Course: GIS Advanced Certificate (NC-ADVGISCERT)

Our GIS Advanced Certificate is designed for professionals who wish to enter the field of GIS or significantly boost their GIS skillset. The 12-week program provides a solid background in advanced topics of geography extending beyond the basics of GIS and starts to explore the possibilities of spatial analysis.

You'll leave the certificate program with advanced knowledge in the newest GIS software (ArcGIS Pro) and best practices for utilizing it in your field. Classes will focus on spatial analysis, spatial statistics, remote sensing and the power of web mapping and advanced GIS concepts.

Key topics covered include:

  • Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics
  • GIS Scripting
  • Advanced Geoprocessing
  • Remote Sensing


This 12-week course is focused on developing more advanced Geographic Information Systems skills and going beyond the fundamentals. This is not an introductory course, so little time will be given to review introductory GIS concepts.

Students will have to demonstrate proficiency covered in the GIS Fundamentals Certificate, if students have not completed that program of study. It will cover more advanced topics and analysis tools in Esri's ArcGIS Pro software. Spatial analysis, spatial statistics and scripting will be introduced.

Hardware/software requirements: Students will be using ArcGIS Pro, and will need a computer/laptop with a Microsoft Windows operating system. Note that ArcGIS Pro is not compatible with Apple/Mac devices. The software is free, and students will download it in class (you do not need to download it prior to the start of the course). Please refer to this page for a list of compatible Windows operating systems:

Financing Your Program of Study

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If you are interested financing your program of study, we work with Climb Credit, a provider that focuses on financing career-building programs to help students get a high return-on-investment from their education.

Learn more about Climb Credit or start your Climb Credit application right away - the application can be completed in as little as 5 minutes and does not affect your credit score. Most applicants receive an instant decision.

By selecting the GIS Advanced Certificate in the Climb Credit application, you'll be notifying our staff who will reserve a space for you in the program. If you elect to accept the loan payment, our staff will provide you a discount code to use when registering online for the certificate program.

Because this program is in high demand, we can only reserve your space for a brief time. If exploring Climb Credit financing, please submit the application as soon as possible.

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