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Geospatial Certification

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Who should take the Certification?

This course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills in the area of Geographic Information System (GIS), remote sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). People who might take advantage of the Certification includes professionals working in areas such as Homeland Security, law enforcement, economic development, land developers, land surveyors, military science, engineering, public safety, real estate, municipality professionals, criminal justice, environmental managers, and GIS/RS-related professionals, and anyone interested in entering the geospatial field.

What are Geospatial Technologies?

Geospatial technologies include Geographic Information System (GIS), remote sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). These technologies are used by many industries and government agencies as cost-effective tools to rapidly evaluate the spatial and temporal change. They are used to store, edit, manage, analyze and present information to determine the best course of action.

Why should I get a Geospatial Certification?

Geospatial Technology is among the top three fastest-growing career fields in the U.S. In the U.S. is among the top three fastest-growing career fields and is expected to grow about 15% over the next decade. These technologies are used by many government agencies and industries in area, including Homeland Security, natural resources (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, wildlife and water, environmental management), urban planning, economic development and emergency management.

Why the STARS Certification?

This course, delivered by following the STARS curriculum series, is designed to both teach and assess a student's level of competence in the geospatial skill set required by the geospatial industry to become employed in the field. Something very important, the STARS Certification is an industry standard, recognized by the US Department of Labor and by industry leaders.

How the Geospatial Certification works?

The STARS certification is a 4 semester series of courses that provides students with skills to be an entry level geospatial technician. The curriculum is based upon teaching all concepts and skills that would be necessary to enter the geospatial industry. The introductory course does discuss and educate students on basic concepts in Project Management, GIS, and Remote Sensing. It is in this course where students learn about history of mapping, projections, coordinate systems, scale, multispectral imagery, and various other concepts that are essential to being effective in GIS/RS. Courses Two and Three will discuss the uses and applications of ArcGIS software and its extensions including: Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, and Leica's Image Analysis extension for ArcGIS.

What's included in the Geospatial Certification?

The following four courses are included as part of the program:

  • Course 1: Introduction to GIS & Remote Sensing (RS) (100 Hours) - This introductory module will discuss and educate students on basic concepts in Project Management, GIS, and Remote Sensing. Students will learn about history of mapping, projections, coordinate system, scale, multispectral imagery and various other concepts essential to being effective in GIS/RS.
  • Course 2: Introduction to GIS Tools & Processes (100 Hours) - This module will introduce you to ArcGIS software and its extensions including: Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, and Leica's Image Analysis extension for ArcGIS.
  • Course 3: Advance Tools in GIS & Remote Sensing (50 Hours) - This module will introduce students to advanced concepts and techniques using the ArcGIS software and understanding fundamental concepts of 3D analysis, visualization and data processing.
  • Course 4: Capstone Project (50 Hours) - This module will guide students through one of three areas in Agriculture, Public Health and Safety, or Business and Marketing. This course demonstrates a student's application of the skills and concepts learned in previous modules. This project is submitted to the STARS Certification Committee on completion for review.

Successful completion of the capstone project and the STARS GIS certification exam are essential components to receiving the certification.

  • COAP591 (300 Hours)
    Fee: $2,595 (Tuition $495, Materials $300, Lab $1,800)
  • Mays Landing Campus
    Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 5:45 - 9:15 pm.
    Next course begins on September 6, 2011

For more information send an Email to gis@atlantic.edu or call the GIS Department at 609-343-5607.


For information about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Atlantic Cape Community College please, visit http://atlantic.edu/gis