Introduction to GIS

GIS Training Courses offered by the Office of Geospatial Information are open to the 14 IT-consolidated Executive Departments and the majority of the state agencies that are under their umbrella. Complete the Online Registration form to enroll for this course. Email us at or call (573) 526-1095 if you have any questions about a course offering.

Date(s) Offered:

• October 23, 2019 - October 24, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
• December 11, 2019 - December 12, 20198:30am - 4:30pm


This two-day course covers fundamental GIS concepts necessary to begin and complete a GIS based project. The course is taught using the GIS software, ArcGIS. No previous mapping experience is required. Maximum class size is 10.


This class is for users who are ready to learn the specifics of how GIS software works. This class is most effective when the user has purchased or is in the process of purchasing the GIS software, ArcGIS.

Topics Covered:

  • Previewing GIS data
  • Loading geographic data for maps and analysis
  • Reviewing and editing of data to make it ‘GIS compliant’
  • Creating and adding data to a geodatabase
  • Joining tables
  • Spatially joining data
  • Relating tables
  • Buffering
  • Geocoding
  • Creating new feature classes and tables
  • Labeling features
  • Loading XY data tables
  • Finding and querying data
  • Creating a final map and printing

Prerequisites and Recommendations:

Participants should have basic computing skills and be comfortable in the Windows environment. Basic knowledge of Excel, Access and relational data are a plus.
No previous mapping experience is required. This class is most effective when the user has purchased or is in the process of purchasing the GIS software, ArcGIS.

Training Location

Unless otherwise specified, all courses are taught at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services building at 920 Wildwood, Jefferson City. Map

Online Registration

To enroll please complete the register form and "click" submit at the bottom of the page. Enrolled participants will receive a confirmation notice from the Office of Geospatial Information. If a course is at maximum enrollment, you will be put on a waiting list and contacted if there are cancellations.

To cancel an enrollment, email us at or call (573) 526-1095.

The Office of Geospatial Information reserves the right to cancel a course if there is insufficient enrollment. If a course is canceled, each participant will be notified. 

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