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Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

Geographic information systems (GIS) provide the ability to automate map production and to integrate earth imagery with other data to solve geographic problems. Results can be displayed in a variety of ways including new maps, tables, charts, or all of these in combination. GIS is a widely-available and affordable technology which can be used by nearly every corporation, governmental agency, or non-profit organization.

This certificate is designed for practitioners who are the managers, technical professionals, and support staff responsible for managing and using GIS. The certificate is also designed to appeal to people from varying disciplines such as Urban Planning, Civil and Transportation Engineering, Resources and Business.

The certificate is recognized by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Not all courses in this program are available every semester.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Use a relational database tool to manipulate, link, chart, and query data for advanced applications
  • Design and maintain geographic information systems that meet the needs of clients and specific applications
  • Complete projects that require the collection, analysis, and transfer of reliable external data into a geographic information system
  • Process digital images from remote sensing systems to enhance, correct, and classify the data
  • Create internet maps to meet a variety of analytical requirements, using commercial and custom solutions

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Cartographers and photogrammetrists
  • Geographic information systems technicians
  • Geospatial information scientists and technologists
  • Mapping technicians
  • Surveying technicians

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

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