Earn a GIS Certificate at Colorado Mountain College

Develop Geographic Information Systems skills and start a career in a fast-growing field

Geographic Information Systems is used in almost every field - from environmental consulting and economic analysis, to urban planning and transportation management.

photo - GIS student using GPS

It's no wonder the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 29 percent increase in the Geography field (includes GIS) by 2022.

The GIS certificate can help give you the knowledge and training you need to take advantage of this growing job market.

GIS integrates hardware, software and date to capture, analyze and display information in a way that audiences can understand. It helps us visualize, interpret and understand spatial data to reveal relationships, patterns and trends.

At Colorado Mountain College, you will have the unique opportunity to work with our community partners on real-world projects, building your personal GIS portfolio in the process. From environmental reclamation to county planning and beyond, you'll get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art GPS hardware and the latest GIS software.

Colorado Mountain College's GIS Partnerships

Working with community organizations will strengthen your education

The GIS certificate program at Colorado Mountain College benefits from a number of community partnerships, including:

photo - CMC students work on a field project on Independence Pass.

Learn GIS Skills in a Real-World Environment

Unique hands-on experiences will strengthen your skill set

Colorado Mountain College's GIS program combines field and classroom work to provide in-depth, practical experience using GIS tools.

You'll get ample data-collection experience in the field, using Garmin and Trimble GPS hardware, and learn how to integrate that information with existing GIS data using state-of-the-art software.

  • Students will learn mapping and spatial analysis skills with ESRI's ArcGIS, the dominant software in the GIS industry.
  • For data collection and post-processing, you'll use industry-standard Trimble software tools.
  • You will also have access to ESRI's Virtual Campus for online tutorials, practical labs and independent course work.

You will work with a wide variety of information, including natural resource, transportation, demographic and planning data.

Students pursuing the GIS certificate will complete working internships in the GIS field or GPS data-collection projects. CMC partners with local conservation organizations, community groups, and government agencies to create internship and project opportunities.

Apply Now and Get Started in a GIS Career

Program requirements
This certificate is designed for those students wishing to have practical experience and application utilizing geospatial software. You will be required to design a study plan; acquire, analyze, and map geospatial data; and present findings.

You must demonstrate college-level skills proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics as part of acceptance into this program. Your proficiency may affect the sequence of courses in which you can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete the program.

Basic to intermediate computer skills are strongly encouraged. Some data gathering will be done in the field, and will require walking and overland travel over varied terrain.