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What is the QGIS Academy?

The Academy is a series of five GIS courses, all based on the US Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM), that represents the essential curriculum needed to teach entry-level GIS Technician education. The courses provide both the background theory of geospatial science as well as the hands-on application using the QGIS application software. The QGIS Academy has no affiliation with the official QGIS project and does not speak for or represent the QGIS project.


Illustration 1: US Department of Labor GTCM

What are the Courses?

The five courses were derived from a two year long effort, led by the GeoTech Center, in 2010 through 2012, that engaged 50 geospatial educators from US colleges and universities nationwide who reviewed the GTCM and selected a subset of specific knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). These KSAs were all ranked upon importance and sequenced into a coherent curriculum that includes these five GIS courses:

1. GST 101: Introduction to Geospatial Technology Using QGIS

2. GST 102: Spatial Analysis Using QGIS

3. GST 103: Data Acquisition and Management Using QGIS

4. GST 104: Cartography Using QGIS

5. GST 105: Remote Sensing Using QGIS

Who Is the QGIS Academy?

The Academy is a consortium of colleges and universities who are deeply committed to bringing open source GIS education to students and educators throughout the US and beyond. The Academy is housed at Del Mar College (a SACS accredited college) and was created with funds from the US National Science Foundation and US Department of Labor through grants awarded to Del Mar College as the GeoTech Center (2008-2013) and the National Information, Security and Geospatial Technology Consortium (NISGTC). University faculty from Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, Green Mountain College, Central New Mexico College, and American River College contributed to the content of the courses as subject matter experts in building the theory and lab material.