Cal Poly Pomona


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Become trained to work in one of the fastest growing fields: Geospatial Technology. Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year (U.S. Dept. of Labor). Cal Poly Pomona offers a GIS certificate on the ArcGIS version 10 platform from faculty with years of experience in areas such as environmental modeling, geodemographics, network analysis, programming for GIS, web-based GIS and much more. From local government and business to planning, resource management and public safety, our nation’s workforce will increasingly integrate and utilize geospatial technologies.

If you are currently unemployed, you may be able to enroll in this course for free. Please click here for details.

Corporate and group discounts are available for this program. Please visit the Course Information & Registration section below for details.



Geographic Information Systems (GIS) informally describe the fields of geospatial analysis, cartography, remote sensing and global positioning systems. GIS is the geospatial discipline that focuses on the technologies and software applications used for geospatial data-related and analysis tasks. GIS background training and preparation include technical geography such as location coordinate systems and map projections as well as methodologies (e.g. data acquisition, data processing, geodatabase structure, spatial statistical analysis, and quality control) required to develop and maintain organizational spatial data resources and to correctly interpret spatial data. GIS helps end users analyze and optimize network, transportation and routing systems, retail and service locations, land use, resource monitoring in the natural and man-made environments, emergency response planning, crime and health hot spots, and many other spatial issues in the private and public sectors.

GIS end users, researchers and developers are found in business, marketing, landscape architecture, land surveying, geography, urban planning, local government, the legal profession, law enforcement, health care, education, international development, agriculture, biology, water resources, environmental conservation, epidemiology, aeronautics, transportation, archaeology, defense, computer programming, and many other fields that use spatially referenced information.

The certificate program consists of four one-day courses; each taught on a Saturday in our state-of-the-art GIS training facility. Students who complete the core courses will satisfy the requirements for the GIS certificate. The courses are listed below.

Benefits / Objectives


In conjunction with hands-on training in ArcGIS version 10 geographic information software, the certificate program at Cal Poly Pomona trains students in methodologies for valid and meaningful spatial data collection, analysis, and information design/dissemination through cartography and other means. Students enrolled in this program will:

  • GIS software operation and related skills
  • Learn GIS data models and geodatabase structures
  • Be able to obtain and process GIS data from various sources
  • Be aware of both technical and policy issues related to GIS data and analysis
  • Learn quantitative analysis methods as they apply to GI
  • Gain geospatial information design and cartographic skills

Course Information & Registration

Fundamentals of GIS (Summer 2014)
GIS Data and Geodatabases (Summer 2014)
GIS Analysis I: Vector Processing and Analysis (Summer 2014)
GIS Analysis II: Raster Processing and Analysis (Summer 2014)
Fundamentals of GIS (Winter 2015)
GIS Data and Geodatabases (Winter 2015)
GIS Analysis I: Vector Processing and Analysis (Winter 2015)
GIS Analysis II: Raster Processing and Analysis (Winter 2015)

Intended Audience


This certificate program is intended for prospective non-specialist GIS users in a variety of professional settings. The certificate is not intended to prepare full-time GIS specialists, but rather to impart useful and necessary GIS skills to analysts, planners and managers in the wide range of fields that require location or planning decisions, resource management/allocation decisions or spatial optimization of networks, routes or systems. Examples include:


  • Local submarket analysts in finance and real estate
  • Risk analysts in insurance, finance and real estate
  • Location analysts for retailers and multiple location services
  • Logistics and delivery services
  • Utilities and telecommunications (grid and network monitoring and analysis)
  • Transportation providers
  • Resource extraction: agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas

Environment and Conservation:

  • Water resource management and hazard mitigation
  • Fire hazard analysis and mitigation
  • Ecosystems (vegetation and wildlife) monitoring and management
  • Environmental regulatory compliance (CEQA/NEPA)

Local Government:

  • Zoning and land use planning
  • Economic development
  • Land parcel data management
  • Crime analysis
  • Natural hazards response planning
  • Public health and environmental health monitoring

For certification of professional GIS specialists, click here.

Awarded Certificate

  A certificate in Geographic Information Systems will be awarded to students who have successfully completed all four required courses.


Course sponsored by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, Inc.