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Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)

Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

Geographic information systems (GIS) provides 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 becoming 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) OR
  • 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.

Current 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.

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

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 photogrammetrist
  • 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 Continuing Education OSAP Eligibility webpage.