Tag Archives: ArcGIS 10.1
Registration for the 10.1 versions of the Enterprise Geodatabase Management Associate and Web Application Developer Associate exams is now open. These exams were planned to be released a few weeks ago—but unsurprisingly, the process took a little longer than expected.
We’ve said before that the process to create a certification exam is rigorous and time-consuming. In fact, we get a lot of questions about how exam questions are developed. Who writes them? Who validates them? Why does it take so long?
To answer these questions, here’s a high-level overview of our exam development process. Like many IT certification programs, we use a third-party consultant for test development. For each certification, we hold a series of workshops, one of which is the question development workshop. Continue reading
Our training catalog includes quite a few courses that cover fundamental GIS and ArcGIS topics. Designed for people with no academic or workplace experience with GIS, historically our introductory courses have been among our most popular. They likely always will be. As more and more organizations adopt GIS, more people require introductory-level training so they can perform the new workflows made possible by the technology. Makes sense.
If you’re someone who has mastered the fundamentals, you may be wondering what courses you should take next. You’ve learned the basics, you want to continue growing your GIS skillset, but you’re not ready to tackle 3D terrain analysis with lidar data. We get the what’s-next question a lot.
But what’s next does not have a one-size-fits-all answer. Continue reading
Last week, over 2,000 of you tuned in to watch our live training seminar, Layout Design Essentials for ArcGIS 10.1, presented by Esri instructor Colin Childs, whose South African accent never ceases to please. David Watkins, Esri cartography product manager, joined in on the action as co-presenter to answer viewer questions. The seminar recording is now available for free viewing on the Training website.
This seminar is fast-paced and packed with information that spans basics like inserting a legend with attractive patches to more advanced topics such as adding dynamic text. Throughout, Colin shares tips to make your layout work more efficient and your designs more compelling. Continue reading
Our release plan for version 10.1 of the certification exams is set and execution is well underway. Two exams are publically available, two exams are in beta release, and four others will be going to beta in the coming weeks. Beta exams are open to Esri employees, distributors, and partners only.
The ArcGIS Desktop Associate and Professional exams are publically available now. For those of you interested in obtaining one of the other 10.1 certifications, here’s the current 10.1 exam release schedule. As always, carefully review the Skills Measured section of the certification page to understand the exam scope. Skills Measured information for exams not yet in beta will be available when the beta exams release. Continue reading
Note: This post has been updated since it was first published.
If you’ve been wanting to take the 10.1 version of either the ArcGIS Desktop Associate or ArcGIS Desktop Professional certification exam, your wait is officially over. Registration for the 10.1 versions of both exams is now open.
At version 10.1 the changes to ArcGIS for Server are extensive. The same is not true of ArcGIS for Desktop—version 10.1 introduces few significant changes to the desktop environment (but note there are some nice usability improvements, additional data storage capabilities, and more ways to share your work and access ArcGIS Online resources). As a result, the 10.1 exams for both ArcGIS Desktop Associate and ArcGIS Desktop Professional are not significantly different than the 10.0 exams. Your knowledge of new functionality is measured, but overall the changes to most ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop workflows are minor when compared with ArcGIS 10.1 for Server.
But Here’s the Big News
If you have an ArcGIS Desktop Associate or ArcGIS Desktop Professional 10.0 certification or if you take (and pass) an ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 certification exam, you are eligible to receive the equivalent 10.1 certification. Yes, you read correctly. If you are a current ArcGIS Desktop 10.0 Associate or Professional or if you earn one of the 10.0 Desktop certifications in the future, you may submit a request to receive the 10.1 certification without taking the 10.1 exam. We will be communicating with all current Desktop certification holders in the near future about how to submit this request. Continue reading
Ever since version 10.0 was released, the popularity of Python for scripting ArcGIS tasks and workflows has skyrocketed due to its integration into ArcGIS and relatively low learning curve. At version 10.1, Python is even more integrated. Case in point: you can create Python add-ins and toolboxes and in ArcMap you can directly enter Python label and MapTip expressions instead of having to load a script file. It’s nice to have these options.
Amidst all the Python love floating around, some have said ModelBuilder is the forgotten hero of the ArcGIS automation world. They contend that ModelBuilder deserves a bigger share of the spotlight that’s shining on Python. I’ve always found GIS professionals to be visual thinkers who embrace scripting, so it makes sense they would use both Python and ModelBuilder to do their ArcGIS work (and many of you likely do).
But if there is a Python vs. ModelBuilder debate, I’ll stay neutral by saying that both are valuable and have their place. When an older child angrily accuses them of favoritism towards the unwanted intruder, wise parents know to respond, “We love your little brother just as much as we love you.” And so it is with ModelBuilder and Python. Continue reading
If you’ll be attending this year’s Esri UC in San Diego and you’re starting to plan your activities, think about setting aside some time to visit the Hands-On Learning Lab presented by Esri Training Services. After the plenary session, you may be champing at the bit to get first-hand experience with ArcGIS 10.1—our popular Hands-On Learning Lab in the Esri Showcase is where you can get it.
This year, the Lab features the lessons below. Continue reading
Perhaps you didn’t hear, but last week ArcGIS 10.1 was released. The 10.1 release represents a milestone in how GIS professionals and others create, access, and interact with geographic data, resources, and maps. This release really is a game-changer in many ways.
So we’ve been feeling the need to up our game over here in Training Services. Over the last year, as ArcGIS 10.1 development was well underway, we invested a ton of hours to take stock of exactly what we do and re-envision how we can do it better moving forward.
Not because there was something wrong with what we were doing, but because being the best requires conscientious attention to continual improvement. It involves listening to our customers when they ask questions and tell us what they need. It involves staying in tune with technology innovations. We strive to be the best, and below is our game plan to offer the best-in-class training to help our users be successful. Continue reading
There’s no doubt about it—lots of people are interested in using Python scripts to automate ArcGIS tasks and workflows. Last week’s live training seminar on creating Python add-ins (new functionality coming at ArcGIS 10.1) attracted a large audience.
If you couldn’t attend the live seminar, the recording is now available for free viewing on the Esri Training website. Seminar attendees submitted a lot of questions during the three broadcasts. Here’s a quick recap of the most common questions. Continue reading
Note: Updated July 19, 2012
The foundation of every GIS is of course data—the data that organizations collect, store, manage, update, distribute, and use as input for analysis and mapping. To support ArcGIS users, we have created a variety of geodatabase courses designed to meet the training needs of specific organizational roles and workflows. Below are the recommended instructor-led courses that can help you store, secure, and leverage your GIS data investment.* Continue reading