Geospatial Technologies Technician

CERT - Occupational Certificate


Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a discipline that endeavors to spatially analyze, study, and critically research aspects of our world with the use of innovative tools and techniques that organize and display large amounts of site specific data. The certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage geospatial technology projects and to implement GIS as a dynamic system for decision making and establishment of policies. The GIS program is designed for three major cohort of students: 1) Students seeking an entry level technical position in GIS; 2) Continuing students seeking training in GIS and geospatial technology for their specific discipline; 3) Working professionals seeking GIS and geospatial technology training for their present job. The geospatial curriculum, with course offerings within the discipline, represent a broad cross-section of the key geospatial science sub-fields including physical, human and regional geography, as well as state-of-the-art geographic information processing methods such as digital image processing and geographic information systems. A Technician Certification is established to develop basic procedural and documentation standards for GIS systems, and the methods required in the industry.

Program Purpose


 To develop a sustainable program that will prepare post-secondary students for successful employment in the rapidly growing geospatial workforce as well as create additional educational opportunities for persons with existing training and experience in the geospatial technology field.
Instructors teaching for the program will work directly in the professions of Geospatial Technology. We have a state of the art lab with new computers, update-to-date GIS software, and a new GIS network station for student use.

Learning Outcomes


  • Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.
  • Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
  • Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  • Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.
  • Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.

Program Map


Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

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First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
CIS 120 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3 Departmental Requirement
GPH 110 Physical Geography 4 Major Requirement
GST 101 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 Major Requirement
GST 102 Spatial Analysis  3 Major Requirement
    13  

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
GST 103 Data Acquisition and Management 3 Major Requirement
GST 104 Cartographic Design and Visualization 3 Major Requirement
    6  
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