Course Description

Advanced Model Builder and Python Techniques for Geoprocessing in ArcGIS 10
Course ID: 
Technical / Software
Continuing Education Units: 

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced GIS users to explore advanced ArcGIS techniques for geoprocessing. We will start with ArcToolbox, work into Model Builder, and then into Python scripting. It is expected that upon completion of this course each student will have an in depth understanding model builder and introduction into Python scripting in ArcGIS.After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Automatically create an data management system for advanced geoprocessing in ArcGIS 10.
  • Set geoprocessing environments for any component of the geoprocessing framework (i.e. ArcToolbox, ArcTools, Model Builder, ArcPy)
  • Build simple and/or complex models in with the most current and advanced techniques available in the ArcGIS 10 Model Builder software.
  • Use Python scripting language to run ArcGIS geoprocessing workflows.
  • Use Python scripting language to expand the functionality of the ArcGIS field calculator.
  • Import Python scripts as Tools to be run from ArcGIS Toolbox.

 *Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes, government employees, nonprofits, students and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, TAEP members.You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274. Online registration is strongly encouraged.Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.


Intermediate understanding of ArcGIS.

Course Materials: 

Attendees will receive a course manual 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.

Cancelation Policy: 

Once your order has been placed, you are subject to our cancellation policy regardless of the status of your invoice.

  • 31 days prior to training -> 100% refund
  • 30-16 days prior to training -> 50% refund
  • 15 - start of course -> No refund available

Attendee replacement acceptable at anytime.Course registration fees and cancellation policy are subject to change without notice.

More Information

Course Topics

  • Proper Data Management
  • Folder System
  • ArcGIS 10 File Geodatabase
  • Geoprocessing Framework
  • Definition
  • Components
  • Environments
  • Advanced Model Builder Techniques
  • Building Tools
  • Iterator
  • In-Line Variables
  • Parsing File Paths
  • Combining Multiple Models into a Single Model
  • Python Scripting for ArcGIS
  • Basics of Python
  • Basics of ArcPy (ArcGIS Python module)
  • ArcGIS 10 Python Window Interface
  • Using Python in the ArcGIS Field Calculator
  • Writing and running Python Scripts outside of ArcGIS
  • Creating ArcGIS Tools from Python Scripts

What to Bring

Please bring a pen or pencil, and notepad if you would like to take notes (you may also choose to take notes in your book). Lunch will be on your own, but drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

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

Disability Accommodations:

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