All Aboard the Learning Train

The Esri UC is packed with opportunities to learn about advances in technology, amazing new GIS applications, and the latest initiatives that will transform how GIS is used to make a difference. With so many interesting topics on the agenda, you may find it challenging to attend all the sessions that are calling your name. At the Training and Certification island, you can talk with our training team about instructor-led and self-paced learning options, training plans to help your projects go smoothly, and strategic staff development plans that support long-term GIS program success.

Practice Makes Perfect

Learning experts agree that hands-on practice is the most effective way to acquire a new skill. Take advantage of the free lessons and software exercises at our popular Hands-On Learning Lab. Registration is not required—just stop by the Lab Tuesday through Thursday in the Esri Showcase. Esri instructors will be standing by to answer your questions.

Demonstrate Your Expertise

Esri Technical Certification is a great vehicle to “show what you know.” Just ask Stefanie Obmann, who has the distinction of being the first person awarded the ArcGIS 10.1 Desktop Associate certification. Stefanie pursued certification because, “Thinking I know is different than ‘knowing I know’. I wanted to be tested and test myself.”

If you’re considering Esri Technical Certification, stop by the Training and Certification island to get your questions answered. The full suite of exams for ArcGIS 10.1 is now available and you can pick up quick reference guides showing recommended training resources for each exam. You can also get a sneak preview of our new study guide for the ArcGIS Desktop Associate certification. Finally, drop off your business card for a chance to win a free exam voucher (valued at $225 USD). After they are notified, winners will have six months to register for and take the exam of their choice.

If you’ve already earned certification, ask for a special pin to wear with your conference badge in recognition of your accomplishment. Everyone who received a pin last year is encouraged to proudly display theirs again this year.

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