Self-Directed GIS Training

Service Description

If you are interested in learning GIS on your own time and at your own pace, there are a variety of training options available from a variety of sources. 

Below are some of the top self-directed training options that we recommend. Please note that ArcGIS software is required to complete hands-on training for these four options.


GDC Short Course Tutorials

ArcGIS Tutorial Books

ArcGIS Documentation Tutorials

ESRI Web Course

Presentation Style Written Material Written Material Written Material Written and Video
Tutorial Data Downloadable Available on Lab Computers Included with Software Downloadable
Exams No No No Yes
Expected Completion Time 1-2 hours ~15 hours 1-3 hours 3-24 hours
Training Certificate Provided No Yes, from GDC No Yes, from ESRI










(Free for Rice Affiliates)

Must be Completed at Rice GDC No Yes No No