Programming ArcGIS with Python Workshop – Introduction


In the Programming ArcGIS with Python Workshop you will learn introductory level programming ArcGIS with Python skills.  This class is based on the book Programming ArcGIS with Python Cookbook (2nd Edition), written by our owner, Eric Pimpler.  The course materials are applicable to ArcGIS Desktop 10.5 through 10.1.

This course is offered in a variety of formats including live-classroom, live-online, instructor guided-online, and self-paced.  This is a hands-on style workshop with lots of exercises designed to teach you how to automate your ArcGIS geoprocessing tasks with Python.  The workshop is designed around the content of the book.  In addition to all the workshop materials, each student will also receive a digital copy of the book and lifetime access to all the course content over the web.


Course Modules

  • Module 1: Introduction to Programming with Python
  • Module 2: Managing Map Documents and Layers
  • Module 3: Finding and Fixing Broken Data Links
  • Module 4: Automating Map Production and Printing
  • Module 5: Executing Geoprocessing Tools from Scripts
  • Module 6: Creating Custom Geoprocessing Tools
  • Module 7: Querying and Selecting Data

Course exercises include:

  • Learning how to use the ArcGIS Python Window and IDLE
  • Obtaining a reference to a map document
  • Adding, inserting, removing, and moving layers programmatically in a map document
  • Zooming to selected features
  • Using ArcPy Mapping list functions to gather data
  • Changing the map extent
  • Updating layer symbology and properties
  • Setting a definition expression on a layer
  • Working with time-enabled layers in a data frame
  • Using scripting to find a list of broken data layers and tables in a map document
  • Fixing broken data layers using MapDocument, Layer, and Table objects
  • Gathering a list of all map document files and their associated broken data sources on your computer
  • Programmatically altering the layout view
  • Exporting maps to PDF or image files
  • Printing maps through your scripts
  • Creating and exporting a report
  • Creating a map book using Data Driven Pages and ArcPy Mapping
  • Publishing a map document to ArcGIS Server
  • Understanding how to call geoprocessing tools using a toolbox and alias
  • Executing geoprocessing tools from a script
  • Using the output of a tool as input to another tool (tool chaining)
  • Creating a custom toolbox
  • Creating a custom geoprocessing tool
  • Creating a Python toolbox

16 GISP Credit Hours

Purchase as part of Annual License

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.

You can also register for classes using our registration form.

Matt Gubitosa
Matt GubitosaU.S. EPA
"I strongly and highly recommend it" -- Matt Gubitosa, U.S. EPA
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.)
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 ...
Aleeta Zeller
Aleeta ZellerChattanooga RPA
Class was well organized, well paced and I learned a lot
Joseph Monti
Joseph Monti
Definitely got me "over the hump" of being able to grasp Python.
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)
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
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)
Michael Philp
Michael PhilpCity of Springville, UT
"Really good course material. Very relevant subject matter." --Michael Philp (City of Springville, UT)

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