Introduction to the ArcGIS API for Python


The ArcGIS API for Python is a powerful, modern, and easy to use Pythonic library for performing GIS visualization and analysis, spatial data management and GIS system administration tasks that can run both interactively and using scripts. The API works with the online and on-premises web GIS platform provided by ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise respectively and has Python modules, classes, functions, and types for managing and working with elements of the ArcGIS platform information model.

The class will consist of a balance between lectures and hands-on exercises. The examples will make use of publicly available GIS resources, but students may work with their own online resources if they so wish.

Attendees will be able to leave the workshop having a strong basis for recognizing and pursuing their ArcGIS customization needs, increasing the value of their ArcGIS investment and enhancing their standing and employability as GIS professionals.

This course is offered in a variety of formats including live-classroom, live-online, and hybrid. This is a hands-on style workshop with lots of exercises designed to teach you how to automate your ArcGIS geoprocessing tasks with Python.

Intended Audience

GIS professionals familiar with ArcGIS Online and having a basic knowledge of Python programming.


David Howes, Ph.D – and David Howes, LLC (

Course Modules

  • Module 1: ArcGIS API for Python Overview
  • Module 2: API and Jupyter Notebook Installation
  • Module 3: The GIS
  • Module 4: Mapping and Visualization
  • Module 5: Feature Layers and Features
  • Module 6: Feature Data Management
  • Module 7: Feature Data Analysis
  • Module 8: Imagery and Raster Analysis
  • Module 9: Using Geoprocessing Tools

16 GISP Credit Hours

Course Formats and Pricing – Introduction to the ArcGIS API for Python

None at this time

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

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

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