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GIS Cartography Course


Cartography is a fundamental training in map drafting, compilation, symbolization, scales, projections, and map reproduction, including an emphasis on the conceptual planning and designing of maps and graphs as a medium for communication.

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.


Non-GIS Users, GIS experts, Cartographers, Geographers, Geoscientist, surveyors, Planners, Database administrator, system administrator, IT expert, software engineers, M&E expert.

5 Days


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At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Know the vocabulary and symbols of map design
  • Have an overview of types of maps and map-making tools
  • Discuss the historical development of the field and practice identifying maps by their historical period.
  • Work with both computer cartography and geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Learn the basic principles of geodesy, statistical mapping and graphing, as well as developing basic graphic design skills to create high-quality and accurate maps by the end of the class.


Module 1: Mapping

  • What is GIS cartography? - An introduction to modern cartography
  • Map data accuracy and scale issues
  • Cartographic design and the communication channel
  • Consider the value and purpose of cartography as science and art.
  • Get set up with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS
  • Online, and exercise data. Use ArcGIS Pro to design a small-format, multiscale topographic map, using generalization tools and scale-dependent symbology. Use layouts for composition.
  • Add contextual detail, insets, legends, and marginalia.

Module 2: Maths for Map Makers

  • Projections
  • Explore how coordinate systems, transformations, and projections affect your map's message.
  • Deal with the effects of projections and data classification methods on thematic maps.
  • Design and publish a custom base map in a nonstandard projection to support thematic data.
  • Build attribute driven symbology.
  • Publish a multiscale web map and app.

Module 3: The Language of Graphics

  • Symbology
  • See how generalization, symbology, and color affect your story.
  • Explore generalization techniques that reduce feature complexity for smaller-scale displays.
  • Create a variety of thematic maps, including choropleth, proportional symbol, value by alpha, and multivariate maps.
  • Change symbology and use transparency in creative ways.

Module 4: Labels and Composition

  • Execution of design
  • Name placement
  • Generalization
  • Typography, label placement, and map composition.
  • Set up a palette of label styles for different features and explore options for positioning them around other map details.
  • Create a layout that includes a range of marginalia.
  • Use ArcGIS expressions to define labels in innovative ways.

Module 5: Going 3D

  • Consider how to best use the z dimension to represent data for both reference and thematic maps.
  • Use 3D symbology and develop a sense of when 3D adds value to your map.
  • Build 3D scenes and vary the way features are represented using attributes and dynamic symbology.

Module 6: Mapping Movement and Change

  • Statistical mapping
  • Color in cartography
  • Map critique
  • Use the time-aware and animation controls in ArcGIS Pro to design maps that show temporal change.
  • Direct an animated movie to map change; add captions and dynamic overlay information; and publish in a range of popular, shareable formats.
  • Create a display of small multiples for an infographic poster.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817.

Mob: +254 792516000+254 792516010 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 3rd February 2020.

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Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 10-02-2020
Event End Date 14-02-2020
Cut off date 03-02-2020
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 75,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 878
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 999
Location Naivasha, Kenya
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