Best Cartography Courses

Find the best online Cartography Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Cartography Courses.

ArcPy for Python Developers using ArcGIS Pro

GIS is hot - take your python skills to new levels and greatly increase your career options.

Created by Tim Buchalka's Learn Programming Academy - Professional Programmers and Teachers - 1.24M students

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Students: 3837, Price: $79.99

Students: 3837, Price:  Paid

The global Geographic Information System (GIS) market is expected to by worth over ten billion dollars by 2023, and is growing at a huge rate.

Developers who are skilled with appropriate GIS software are already in high demand and the demand is growing.

At the GIS Stack Exchange - the spatial library for Python - the most questions asked are for ArcPy, which provides a Python API to Esri’s flagship product ArcGIS Desktop and its two main applications (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap).

Consequently, there has never been a better time for Python developers to add ArcPy skills to their repertoire.

This course is primarily designed to introduce Python developers to the ArcPy classes and functions for working with ArcGIS Pro.  It will also introduce them to many aspects of the ArcGIS Pro GUI, so that they are well placed to understand the requirements of the end users for the applications that they write. 

While relatively little Python experience is needed to undertake the course, the Python classes and functions used may be easier to understand if you have already undertaken introductory Python training - such as the Learn Programming Academy’s Python Masterclass.

The course is also suitable for ArcGIS Pro end users who wish to learn ArcPy, but they may need to embark on a steep Python learning curve, if they have minimal skills in that language.

Most sections of this course can be taken in any order.  You just need to download the data, and check that you have ArcGIS Pro and your Python IDE working first.

NOTE: Paid software is required to take this course.

The course requires only a Basic level license of ArcGIS Desktop (which includes ArcGIS Pro), and no extension products need to be licensed in order to complete all exercises.

If you do not have an ArcGIS Desktop license, then for about $100-150 per annum it is possible to use an Advanced level license and many of the extension products for non-commercial purposes (like taking this course!), via Esri’s ArcGIS for Personal Use program (details inside the course).

It is also possible to undertake a 21-day free trial of ArcGIS Pro (details also inside the course).

The recommendation is to take the 21-day free trial to get started.

This course starts by examining the various places that Python code can be used within the ArcGIS Pro application, and how Python code can be written using a Python IDE to interact with ArcGIS Pro as either a standalone script or a Python script tool.

You will then be taken on a tour of the most commonly used ArcPy functions and classes for geoprocessing, followed by tours of its modules for data access and mapping.

The scenarios chosen, to illustrate how each function and class is used, are derived from the presenter’s experience working with ArcPy and Python for almost 10 years, and with Esri software for 30 years.

Your instructor, Graeme Browning has been using the Esri software on a daily basis for over 30 years, 8 years of which he has spent using ArcPy. Graeme has also spent 18 years  with Esri UK and Esri Australia working in different roles from Senior GIS Analyst to Technical Director.

He is also ranked in GIS Stack Exchange as the all-time, worldwide:

  • #1 user of ArcPy

  • #1 user of ArcGIS Desktop

  • #2 user of ArcGIS Pro

  • #5 user of all GIS products

Graeme has also received the Esri High Achievement Award by Jack Dangermond (President).

He has already developed nearly 20 one-day courses and half-day workshops for instructor-led delivery and along with that, nearly 20 eLearning video courses.

So if you're looking for the perfect instructor to teach you the best practices in learning ArcPy for Python, Graeme is the best one there is!

Key Topics to be covered are :

  • Using ArcPy and Python in multiple interfaces within and alongside ArcGIS Pro

  • Python window

  • Python IDE (e.g. IDLE)

  • Python Script Tools

  • Python Toolbox Tools

  • Python Parser for Field Calculating and Labeling

  • Using ArcPy Modules, Classes and Functions

  • Working with the search, update and insert cursors of ArcPy’s Data Access Module (arcpy.da)

  • Performing GIS Inventory by Listing Data, Describing Data and Walking System Folders and Spatial Datasets

  • Using the Mapping module for map automation using project, map, layer, layout, map frame, extent, camera, spatial reference, text, graphics, legends, scale bars, north arrows, pictures and many other object classes

  • Working with Map Series to meet simple through to complex Map Book requirements

  • Finding your way around ArcGIS Pro’s very extensive ArcPy/Python documentation

  • Working with Point, Line and Polygon Geometries

  • Setting the Geoprocessing Environment

  • Getting and Setting Parameters for Python Script Tools

  • Creating test data

  • Exporting map layouts to PDF

Enrolling in this course is the best decision you can make!

  • The course focuses on teaching ArcPy in-depth from the basics through to advanced

  • It’s 3-4 times the length of any other ArcPy course, and designed to accommodate many more lectures and challenges on not just ArcGIS Pro, but also ArcMap

  • Plus, it teaches ArcPy for ArcGIS Pro which was only released in 2015, while other ArcPy courses typically use only the older ArcMap! You are getting the most up to date learning!

By the end of this course, you will have the necessary skills needed to become an expert in ArcPy using ArcGIS Pro and apply it to your own programs such as Map Automation and Geoprocessing.

The ideal student would be someone with a basic knowledge of Python who is eager to improve their skills and take them to the next level by learning ArcPy using ArcGIS pro.

The sooner you sign up for this course, the sooner you will have the skills and knowledge that would put you among the list of in demand Python developers!

Sign up today and get started!

Cartography and Mapping with Surfer

Maps 101 : Beginner to Advanced

Created by Mining Geologist - Mining engineer

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Students: 558, Price: $24.99

Students: 558, Price:  Paid

Surfer or Golden Software Surfer is one of the top softwares used by different Geoscience industries to create maps and to do cartography. it can be defined as a Gridding , Contouring and surface Mapping software. Surfer can be used to Visualize Data, Analyze Data and communicate the results in the form of 2D or 3D maps or sections. In this Training we are going to take have an overview about how the software works and how you can use it as a GIS tool to create different types of maps and how to use the built-in tools to do various tasks.

Spatial Data Acquisition and Cartography using GIS

A very beginning course for GIS Enthusiastic / Learner

Created by Bijaya Maharjan - GIS Analyst

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Students: 63, Price: $19.99

Students: 63, Price:  Paid

The course focus on application of ArcGIS software for visualization of primary and secondary geospatial data and preparation of an informative map. ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information. The primary geospatial data mainly collect from GPS handheld device and import into GIS platform whereas secondary spatial database is collected from various organizations. Using of various symbology type and labelling style to each layers of the features. Working on attribute table operation of geospatial features such as adding of new field, calculate geometry, field calculator, field statistics, summarize along-with edits, removes and joint tables. The data may be acquired from georeferenced of scanned map using of control points and digitization in term of point, line and polygon features. In the same way, google earth platform is used for the extraction of recent database of the earth surface such as landcover, road network and landmarks data. The proper compilation of each captured data into ArcGIS platform finally concluded into a better and informative map design and preparation. The process of map composition starts with preparing a layout for the map. Apart from the data, a map has certain other things that make map a package of effective and clear communication.

QGIS Cartography

Mastering the Art and Science of Digital Mapmaking in QGIS

Created by Scott Lussier - Environmental Science Instructor / GIS Expert / Drone Pilot

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Students: 47, Price: $19.99

Students: 47, Price:  Paid

In this video series, you will learn useful tools and techniques that will allow you to expertly craft extraordinarily beautiful maps in the wonderful free and open source software QGIS. Topic skill levels range from the basic through to the complex and include symbology, using OpenStreetMap data, shapebursts, coastal waterlining, glow effects, overview maps, using layout templates to save you time, basemaps, rule based symbology,  labeling, and much more. With this course, you have everything you need to become a cartographic master!

The course is taught by a 30 year GIS veteran and University Instructor, who not only teaches GIS concepts, but regularly uses QGIS to complete projects of all shapes and sizes. If you want to level-up your QGIS game, you are in the right place.

Wallowing through YouTube in search of QGIS knowledge can be exhausting. With this class, you not only get the video demonstrations, but you get the same data that the Instructor is using, allowing you to follow along. You have the option of simply watching the demo, or actively participating. Best of all, your purchase will be here, ready when you have a cartographic challenge to conquer and you need a quick refresher.

The best part of the course may just be the Resources section, which holds a treasure trove of files that will jumpstart you into greatness. Style files, layout template files, basemaps, data sources are all yours with this class. Just this section alone is worth the price of admission. If you want to become a carto-rockstar, let's go!!