Introduction to QGIS


In this introductory class you’ll be introduced to the popular QGIS Open Source GIS software.  After learning how to load data into QGIS from popular GIS formats including shapefiles, geodatabases, CSV files, and others you’ll then learn how to visualize and style the data, edit data, and manage data.  You’ll learn how to add basemaps, work with projections, label layers, and create print jobs.  Web mapping is very important so you’ll also learn how to publish your maps online using the QGIS Cloud service.  Next, you’ll learn density, visibility, and suitability analysis.  Finally, you’ll learn how to model and automate workflows using the Graphical Modeler.  You’ll create, edit, and share models, and learn the basics of automating your analysis with Python scripts.


  • Load GIS data into QGIS including shapefiles, rasters, geodatabases, CSV files, GPS, OpenStreetMap
  • Adding basemaps
  • Work with projections
  • Grouping and re-ordering data
  • Styling vector and raster datasets
  • Layer rendering
  • Labeling
  • Format your print jobs with legends, scalebar, compass, overview maps
  • Publishing maps online with QGIS Cloud service
  • WMS and WFS settings for QGIS Cloud
  • Density, visibility, and suitability analysis
  • Automating data analysis with the QGIS processing framework
  • Using the Graphical Modeler
  • Implementing workflows
  • Creating, editing, and sharing models
  • Automating analysis with scripts

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Introduction to QGIS
  • Module 2: Managing Data
  • Module 3: Visualizing Data
  • Module 4: Creating and Editing Vector Data
  • Module 5: Data Analysis
  • Module 6: Sharing Your Maps

16 GISP Credit Hours

Course Formats and Pricing

Available Anytime

Our self-paced classes are delivered through our online training platform.  You will be emailed instructions for creating a login and activating your course.  All lectures are pre-recorded so you can progress through the course at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercise.  The course does not have an expiration date.

Upcoming Sessions

None at this time

Our instructor guided, online classes are conducted through our online training platform.  All lectures are pre-recorded so that you can progress through the materials at your own pace.  The same applies to the exercises.  You will have access to the instructor via email, phone, or chat if you have questions or problems.  The instructor will be in weekly contact with the students in each class session.  Our goal is to get everyone through the materials during the session dates. However, access to the course materials never expires so if you don’t finish during the session dates you will still have access to the materials.

Upcoming Sessions

None at this time

Class will be held each day from 8:30 – 4:00 at the location provided above.

Upcoming Sessions

None at this time

Our live-online classes are conducted from 9:30 – 5:00 each day.  Classes are delivered via GoToTraining.  You will receive an email containing login instructions for the GoToTraining session on the Wednesday before class begins.

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

Chris Pollard
Chris PollardDelaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
"Very informative and knowledgeable course. It help determine which direction I should take my further GIS and web programming skills." -- Chris Pollard (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission)
Kyle Lockhart
Kyle LockhartEscambia County, FL
"I thought the course was very organized. The style of presentation and the lesson format worked well together. It made the informationeasy to understand."  -- Kyle Lockhart (Escambia County, FL)
Matt Gubitosa
Matt GubitosaU.S. EPA
"I strongly and highly recommend it" -- Matt Gubitosa, U.S. EPA
Joseph Monti
Joseph Monti
Definitely got me "over the hump" of being able to grasp Python.
Brandon Clark
Brandon ClarkAlabama Power
Knowledgeable instructor, well paced class, applicable information covered, hands-on style
Pal Herman Sund
Pal Herman Sund
"I really enjoyed the Python/ArcGIS course. For me the right balance between detail and overview. Good work!" - Pal Herman Sund
Aleeta Zeller
Aleeta ZellerChattanooga RPA
Class was well organized, well paced and I learned a lot
Michael Philp
Michael PhilpCity of Springville, UT
"Really good course material. Very relevant subject matter." --Michael Philp (City of Springville, UT)
Jason Warzinik
Jason WarzinikBoone County, MO
"I have attended a number of instructor lead  training courses offered by ESRI, which are great in their own right, but the Mastering the ArcGIS Server JavaScript API course gets much more in-depth than they often do.  I really liked the recommended reading, they helped expand the terms being covered in lecture to concrete examples that could be related back to my work more directly instead of just having the lecture and exercises alone.  I learned a lot andwill recommend this and other GeoSpatial Training courses to the GIS'ers I know. Thanks for putting this course together and offering it ...
Chris Hickin
Chris HickinNYC Fire Dept
"These courses are great. I am so pressed for time this is the only way I can acquire extra skills these days. Thank you Eric for all your hard work!" -- Chris Hickin (NYC Fire Dept.)