Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS and Q GIS Course

Course Date Duration Location Registration
27/05/2024 To 07/06/2024 10 Days Nairobi Kenya
24/06/2024 To 05/07/2024 10 Days Nairobi Kenya
22/07/2024 To 02/08/2024 10 Days Nairobi Kenya
19/08/2024 To 30/08/2024 10 Days Nairobi Kenya
16/09/2024 To 27/09/2024 10 Days Mombasa, Kenya
14/10/2024 To 25/10/2024 10 Days Kisumu, Kenya
11/11/2024 To 22/11/2024 10 Days Mombasa, Kenya
09/12/2024 To 20/12/2024 10 Days Nairobi Kenya
23/12/2024 To 03/01/2025 10 Days Nairobi Kenya


Welcome to our comprehensive course on Introduction to GIS using ArcGIS and QGIS! In this course, we will take you on a journey through the fascinating world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and provide you with a solid foundation in two of the most widely used GIS software platforms: ArcGIS and QGIS.

GIS is a transformative technology that enables us to capture, analyze, and visualize spatial data, allowing us to gain valuable insights into the world around us. Whether you're interested in urban planning, environmental conservation, disaster management, or any field where location plays a crucial role, GIS will empower you to make informed decisions and solve complex problems.

Throughout this course, we will cover essential GIS concepts, such as spatial data types, coordinate systems, and data acquisition methods. You will learn how to manage and manipulate spatial data effectively, conduct spatial analysis to reveal meaningful patterns and relationships, and design professional-quality maps for effective communication of your findings.

Our hands-on approach will provide you with practical experience using ArcGIS and QGIS. Through step-by-step learning and real-world examples, you'll gain the confidence to navigate the software interfaces, perform essential tasks, and apply GIS techniques to real-world scenarios.


By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of GIS principles, proficiency in using ArcGIS and QGIS, and the ability to leverage GIS technology to solve spatial challenges across various industries. So, whether you're a student, a professional seeking to upskill, or simply curious about GIS, we're excited to have you join us on this educational journey. Let's dive in and explore the power of GIS together!

Course Objectives:

  1. Introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and principles of GIS.
  2. Familiarize participants with the ArcGIS and QGIS software and their basic functionalities.
  3. Develop participants' skills in data acquisition, manipulation, and analysis using both software tools.
  4. Enable participants to create high-quality maps and visualizations in ArcGIS and QGIS.
  5. Provide practical exercises to reinforce learning and build confidence in using GIS.
  6. Lay the groundwork for further exploration and advanced applications of GIS using ArcGIS and QGIS.

Organizational Benefits:

 By participating in this course, organizations can expect the following benefits:

  1. Enhanced capacity of staff members to utilize GIS for spatial data analysis and decision-making.
  2. Increased flexibility and adaptability by having proficiency in both ArcGIS and QGIS software.
  3. Improved efficiency in data management and manipulation through the use of multiple GIS tools.
  4. Increased ability to create informative and visually appealing maps and presentations in different software environments.
  5. Empowerment of staff members to explore a wider range of GIS applications for organizational needs.

Target Participants:

The course is suitable for a diverse range of participants, including but not limited to:

  1. Students: Geography, environmental science, engineering, urban planning, and other related disciplines seeking to enhance their spatial analysis skills.
  2. GIS Beginners: Individuals new to GIS and looking to gain foundational knowledge and hands-on experience with ArcGIS and QGIS.
  3. Professionals: Those working in sectors like urban planning, natural resource management, public health, telecommunications, emergency services, etc., who want to integrate GIS into their workflow or upgrade their GIS skills.
  4. Researchers: Scientists and researchers in various fields who want to leverage GIS technology for spatial data analysis and visualization.
  5. Government Employees: Personnel from local, regional, or national government agencies involved in urban development, land-use planning, disaster management, etc.
  6. NGOs and Non-profit Organizations: Members of non-governmental organizations and non-profit groups working in conservation, humanitarian aid, community development, etc., to utilize GIS for data-driven decision-making.


10 days

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to GIS

  • Definition and key concepts of GIS
  • Applications and benefits of GIS in various fields
  • Introduction to ArcGIS and QGIS software

Module 2: Understanding Spatial Data

  • Basics of spatial data (vector and raster data)
  • Coordinate systems and map projections
  • Data sources and formats

Module 3: Data Acquisition and Integration

  • Data collection techniques (GPS, remote sensing, digitization)
  • Georeferencing and data registration in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Data integration and database management in both software tools

Module 4: Data Visualization and Cartography

  • Principles of map design and cartographic representation
  • Symbolization and labeling techniques in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Creating informative and visually appealing maps in both software tools

Module 5: Spatial Analysis Techniques

  • Attribute and spatial query operations in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Geoprocessing tools and analysis functions in both software tools
  • Spatial analysis techniques (buffering, overlay, proximity analysis) in both software tools

Module 6: Data Editing and Quality Assurance

  • Data editing and manipulation in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Techniques for data cleaning and quality assurance in both software tools
  • Maintaining data integrity and accuracy in both software tools

Module 7: Geocoding and Address Matching

  • Geocoding principles and techniques in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Geocoding addresses using both software tools
  • Address matching and spatial join operations in both software tools

Module 8: Creating Geospatial Databases

  • Designing and creating geodatabases in ArcGIS
  • Creating and managing databases in QGIS
  • Implementing data integrity rules and constraints in both software tools

Module 9: Georeferencing and Image Processing

  • Georeferencing raster data in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Basics of image processing and enhancement in both software tools
  • Extracting information from satellite imagery in both software tools

Module 10: Spatial Analysis and Modeling

  • Spatial interpolation techniques in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Network analysis and routing in both software tools
  • Introduction to spatial modeling in ArcGIS and QGIS

Module 11: 3D Visualization and Analysis

  • Creating and visualizing 3D data in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • 3D analysis techniques in both software tools (viewshed analysis, 3D surface analysis)
  • 3D data integration and analysis workflows in both software tools

Module 12: Web GIS and Online Mapping

  • Introduction to web GIS and ArcGIS Online
  • Publishing maps and data online using ArcGIS
  • Introduction to QGIS Server and web mapping capabilities in QGIS

Module 13: Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS and QGIS

  • Basic concepts of spatial statistics in both software tools
  • Exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA) in ArcGIS and QGIS

Module 14: Geoprocessing and Model Builder

  • Automating GIS workflows using geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS
  • Introduction to Model Builder in ArcGIS
  • Processing and automation capabilities in QGIS

Module 15: Network Analysis and Routing

  • Network dataset creation and analysis in ArcGIS
  • Network analysis and routing in QGIS
  • Service area analysis and network optimization in both software tools

Module 16: Spatial Data Analysis in Environmental Studies

  • Spatial analysis techniques for environmental studies in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Analyzing habitat suitability and fragmentation in both software tools
  • Landscape metrics and analysis in ArcGIS and QGIS

Module 17: Geospatial Analysis in Urban Planning

  • GIS applications in urban planning and development using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Analyzing urban growth and land use patterns in both software tools
  • Site suitability analysis and urban infrastructure planning in both software tools

Module 18: Geospatial Analysis in Natural Resource Management

  • GIS applications in natural resource management using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Analyzing forest cover change and deforestation in both software tools
  • Watershed analysis and ecosystem modeling in ArcGIS and QGIS

Module 19: Geospatial Analysis in Health Studies

  • Spatial analysis of disease patterns and epidemiology using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Health service accessibility analysis in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Modeling environmental health risks using GIS in both software tools

Module 20: Geospatial Analysis in Transportation Planning

  • GIS applications in transportation planning using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Analyzing traffic patterns and congestion in both software tools
  • Location-allocation modeling for transportation infrastructure in both software tools

Module 21: Geospatial Analysis in Marketing and Business

  • GIS applications in marketing and business intelligence using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Market segmentation and customer profiling in both software tools
  • Location analysis and site selection for business operations in both software tools

Module 22: Geospatial Analysis in Emergency Management

  • GIS applications in emergency management and disaster response using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Spatial analysis for risk assessment and vulnerability mapping in both software tools
  • Real-time tracking and decision support in ArcGIS and QGIS

Module 23: Geospatial Analysis in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

  • GIS applications in archaeology and cultural heritage studies using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Site identification and mapping in both software tools
  • Cultural resource management and heritage preservation in both software tools

Module 24: Geospatial Analysis in Agriculture and Food Security

  • GIS applications in agriculture and crop monitoring using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Precision farming and yield estimation using GIS in both software tools
  • Analyzing food security and access to resources in both software tools

Module 25: Geospatial Analysis in Climate Change Studies

  • GIS applications in climate change research using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Analyzing climate data and modeling future scenarios in both software tools
  • Impact assessment and adaptation planning using GIS in both software tools

Module 26: Geospatial Analysis in Wildlife Conservation

  • GIS applications in wildlife conservation and management using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Habitat suitability modeling and species distribution analysis in both software tools
  • Wildlife corridor mapping and protected area management in both software tools

Module 27: Geospatial Analysis in Water Resource Management

  • GIS applications in water resource planning and management using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Watershed delineation and hydrological modeling in both software tools
  • Analyzing water availability and quality using GIS in both software tools

Module 28: Geospatial Analysis in Energy Planning

  • GIS applications in renewable energy planning using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Solar and wind energy potential analysis in both software tools
  • Site selection for energy infrastructure in both software tools

Module 29: Geospatial Analysis in Disaster Risk Reduction

  • GIS applications in disaster risk reduction and mitigation using ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Analyzing hazard exposure and vulnerability in both software tools
  • Planning and prioritizing interventions using GIS in both software tools

Module 30: Future Trends and Advanced GIS Applications

  • Emerging technologies and trends in GIS
  • Advanced analysis techniques (spatial regression, machine learning) in ArcGIS and QGIS
  • Exploring specialized GIS applications for specific industries or research areas

General Notes

  • All our courses can be Tailor-made to participants' needs
  • The participant must be conversant in English
  • Presentations are well-guided, practical exercises, web-based tutorials, and group work. Our facilitators are experts with more than 10 years of experience.
  • Upon completion of training the participant will be issued with a Foscore development center certificate (FDC-K)
  • Training will be done at the Foscore development center (FDC-K) centers. We also offer inhouse and online training on the client schedule
  • Course duration is flexible and the contents can be modified to fit any number of days.
  • The course fee for onsite training includes facilitation training materials, 2 coffee breaks, a buffet lunch, and a Certificate of successful completion of Training. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application dinners, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.
  • Accommodation, pickup, freight booking, and Visa processing arrangement, are done on request, at discounted prices.
  • Tablet and Laptops are provided to participants on request as an add-on cost to the training fee.
  • One-year free Consultation and Coaching provided after the course.
  • Register as a group of more than two and enjoy a discount of (10% to 50%)
  • Payment should be done before commence of the training or as agreed by the parties, to the FOSCORE DEVELOPMENT CENTER account, so as to enable us to prepare better for you.
  • For any inquiries reach us at or +254712260031



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