ArcGIS 2: Essential Workflows

Strictly by pre-registration only

What is this course about?

In part two of the introductory GIS training course for beginners using ArcGIS for Desktop, you will acquire the fundamental skills needed to author, share and use geographic information and maps across the ArcGIS platform.

Learn how to efficiently find, explore, manage, and analyse geographic data and create informative maps that showcase your work. The course covers a variety of techniques to effectively share GIS maps and resources with decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework
Professional Engineers (PE) attending this course will be qualified for 15 PDUs by PEB.

The course is for: GIS professionals and others who have an introductory-level knowledge of GIS concepts and limited ArcGIS experience.

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Course details






3 days




Foundation Course

CPD points

Safety measures for training courses

While courses in our training facility have resumed, we want to assure you that the wellbeing of our trainees and staff remains Esri Singapore’s highest priority.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, strict safety measures and guidelines as recommended by the Ministry of Health are being adhered to for all training conducted.

All computer equipment and desks are disinfected before class commences and during the lunch break, while seats are placed and marked at least 1-metre apart, in accordance with official Safe Distance Measures.

Masks are mandatory throughout training, and alcohol hand sanitisers and anti-bacterial wet wipes will be available.

Your temperature will be taken before commencement. For your safety, you will be asked to return home and see a doc if your temperature exceeds 37.5deg.

An isolation room has been prepared for trainees to rest in if they are feeling unwell and awaiting transportation.

Are there any prerequisites?

Completion of ArcGIS 1: Introduction to GIS or equivalent knowledge is required.

What skills will I learn?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Use ArcGIS software and content to create high-quality maps that combine data from different sources
  • Organise, create, and edit geographic data so it is accurate and up to date
  • Manage, symbolise, and label map layers to support visualisation and data exploration
  • Design an attractive page layout for maps that will be printed
  • Apply a standard workflow to analyse GIS data and solve spatial problems
  • Share maps and analysis results so they are accessible on multiple platforms

What can I expect?

  • Course topics

    Authoring, sharing, and using GIS maps

    • Understanding the workflow
    • Creating maps that combine local data with ArcGIS Online content
    • Publishing a map to the web

    Organizing geographic data

    • Finding data for a project
    • Storing data from different sources in a file geodatabase
    • Documenting data for a project

    Managing map layers

    • Setting scale ranges to improve map display
    • Presenting filtered views of data using definition queries
    • Creating group layers and basemap layers to organise map contents
    • Understanding quantitative and qualitative data
    • Symbolising features by attribute values
    • Classification methods
    • Normalising data

    Working with tabular data

    • Adding fields and calculating values
    • Summarising fields
    • Table joins and relates 

    Creating and editing data

    • Editing workflow
    • Feature templates
    • Creating new features
    • Updating feature shapes and attributes

    Labeling features

    • Labeling workflow and options
    • Understanding reference scale
    • Automating label placement using Maplex
    • Python label expressions 

    Designing map layouts

    • Cartographic design principles
    • Adding map elements
    • Creating and publishing single maps and map books 

    Preparing data for analysis

    • Evaluating data quality
    • Changing a dataset's coordinate system 

    Solving spatial problems

    • Analysis workflow
    • Working with geoprocessing tools

    Sharing geographic information

    • Options for sharing geographic information
    • Create a model
    • Sharing analysis workflows using geo-processing packages

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