Course Description

Course ID: 
Technical / Software

QGIS is emerging as an open source leader for mapping. Learn QGIS and help your office save costs using the free, open source QGIS mapping software. You can install QGIS for free on Windows, Max OS X and Linux. QGIS will allow you to work with ESRI/ArcMap files and read and write ESRI File Gdb's as well as KML/KMZ, and GPX. You can read and write ESRI shapefiles, MapInfo and MicroStation file formats, AutoCAD DXF, PostGIS, SpatiaLite, Oracle Spatial and MSSQL Spatial databases, and many more data formats. 


This course will get you started with QGIS. QGIS makes GIS software (which is traditionally expensive proprietary software) a viable prospect for anyone with basic access to a personal computer.



This 3-day hands-on class introduces participants to environmental applications of QGIS for maps and spatial analyses. The course will start with general concepts and vocabulary to form a comprehensive overview of QGIS functions and uses in the environmental field. Each participant will use their own laptop to create, edit, display and analyze real world environmental data during numerous hands-on exercises. On the third day, participants will have an opportunity to expand their skills by applying their knowledge to more complex and in-depth projects.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply a conceptual overview of GIS and spatial analysis to environmental data
  • Understand and utilize the fundamental capabilities of QGIS
  • Conduct overlay analysis
  • Create intersects, buffers, unions and clips
  • Measure spatial relationships between layers of geographic data
  • Generate presentation-quality maps

Continuing Education Units: 2.00 CEUs


Basic understanding of computer operations.

Attendees will receive a course workbook containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

Intended Audience: 

This hands-on course is intended for environmental and graphics professionals involved in the collection, interpretation, and presentation of spatially related data and mapping. Previous GIS experience is not required


More Information

Course Topics

Overview of QGIS
Connecting to Data
Adding Layers
Working with Geographic Features
Feature Attributes within a Data Frame
Querying and Selecting Geographic Features
Editing Features
Creating Summary Charts

Manipulating Tables
Creating Tables
Mapping Buffers
Adding Database Features
Layouts and Printing Maps
Basic On-Screen Digitizing/Georeferencing
Intro to Spatial Analysis

What to Bring

Drinks and snacks will be provided each day. Lunch will be on your own.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

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