I am in the process of designing a "Professional GIS Certificate" at the University of Richmond - School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Students will be eligible to sit for the Esri Desktop Entry Exam once completing the academic certification. What have you found to be the most helpful resources or study material?
I have taken three Esri certifications, including the ArcGIS Desktop Entry exam. For me, a combination of three resources has been my staple for preparation. These are:
Experiences, like the activities you offer students in your certificate courses, are important for context and skills needed to understand when and why to perform workflows. In addition, studying the above resources has helped me have critical details fresh in my mind for the exam.
I'd love to hear from others about their approaches to exam prep, too.
I have not taken any Certifications as of yet, but I have been using other resources from Cousera to help familiarize myself with GIS and particularly ArcMap. I am actually trying to complete the Specialization Certificate, to prepare for the certification.
Hello Latonya Williams! Can you tell us more about the Specialization Certificate? Where is it offered? Which components of the certificate learning do you think will best apply to the ArcGIS Desktop Entry certification?
Hi Jessica Rosales! The Specialization Certificate can be found on
Coursera's website https://www.coursera.org/
It is a paid online courses consisting of five (5) overall Lessons. Which
includes: Fundamentals of GIS, GIS Data Formats and Quality, Geospatial and
Environmental Analysis, Imagery, Automation, and Application, and the
I decided to take the course because I've figured it would really expose me
to using ArcMap. Honestly, I've been working with ArcMap for sometime, but
I've never really had the opportunity to see what it was truly capable of,
particularly because of insufficient access to specific licences. The
Specialization has no doubt prepared/exposed me to tools, workflow
consideration, raster/image analysis, symbology, automation, projections,
database management, and so much more.
I've taken a few ESRI online courses, but I figured this Specialization
would not only get me prepared for the Entry level, but Associate and to
some degree Professional level as well.
I hop this information is sufficient.
I hope this is sufficient information.
On Tue, May 28, 2019 at 3:47 PM Jessica Rosales (JRosales_GIS) <
Hi Justin Madron, Thank you. I have tried the ArcGIS Lessons, but I am
unable to access most of them. I'm not exactly sure why, but I have tried.
Most of the ones that I would like to take are either associated with
costs, organizations subscriptions, etc.
Hello, thank you for your question. I have completed the Coursera Certificate. Unfortunately I have not attempted the ESRI certification as yet. I do intend to attempt the Desktop Certifications, in due time. There's a lot going on, but I may have sometime on my hand to prepare.