Once, only cartographers made maps. Today anyone can. Still, cartographers can teach people to make better maps, just as chefs can show people how to cook better meals. With coaching from experienced cartographers and practical, hands-on exercises using ArcGIS Pro, you'll become a smarter mapmaker, ready to go beyond the defaults and make better maps.
About the Course
Cartography. is a free, instructor-led massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Esri. The course lasts six weeks and requires a minimum of two to three hours of study per week. Weekly course sections consist of a video discussion, hands-on exercises, a quiz, a discussion and supplementary resources. Students will receive free access to Esri’s ArcGIS Pro desktop software during the course. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.
When is the next offering of Cartography.? How do I register?
The master calendar for all the MOOCs is hosted at the Esri Academy site. Scroll down to see upcoming courses. You can register, once you've signed in with your Esri credentials, on the course description page.
Will I get a certificate for the MOOC?
Students who complete the course in its entirety will receive a certificate of completion.
How much do I need to know about cartography, GIS or Esri technology?
The MOOC has no prerequisites, but some familiarity with mapping and GIS concepts may enhance your experience. If you’re new to GIS, you may find it helpful to go through the free Esri web course, Getting Started with GIS.
Do I need to have access to ArcGIS software?
Esri will provide access to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro for use during the course. For the best experience, access the course through a broadband Internet connection using a supported browser. To run ArcGIS Pro, you will need access to a computer that meets these requirements; this test will determine if it does.
Can I take the lessons at any time? Are there weekly deadlines?
You are free to work at your own pace. The course includes six sections consisting of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and other activities. Sections are opened weekly. To plan your time, expect to spend a minimum of two to three hours on each section. To earn a certificate of completion, all sections must be completed within two weeks of the class end date. Please see the Dates to Remember section in the course Dashboard for details.
How long will I have access to the content after the MOOC ends?
You will have two weeks after the session ends to finish the exercises. You will have two weeks after the course offering end date to finish the exercises in ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro. After that date you will no longer be able to access ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro, or the course materials. Please see the Dates to Remember section in the course Dashboard for details. You are welcome to register to take the course again if you are unable to complete it or simply want to work through the material again.
Will the MOOC show up in my Esri training history?
Yes. Certificates from all Esri MOOCs are available via your My Learning Activity page. If you believe a certificate for an Esri MOOC you completed on the Udemy platform is missing from your page, contact us via the form at the bottom of this page. Please include your name, your username and the name and date of the course. We'll find it and add it to your page.
If I still have a question, where can I get help?
For general course questions visit this Help page. There's also a form to e-mail specific questions, if yours is not answered. For questions or issues with the course content, the forums are the best source of information. We encourage you to look through them, as your question may already have been asked and answered.