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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


The need for GIS Skills has been specifically identified in the Forfás Report “Guidance for Higher Education Provider – Springboard  2012”. The structure of the course is such that students will receive training in the practical application of GIS skills as an analytic tool in environmental and other areas. This Certificate in GIS is designed to equip learners with the introductory skills in the field with a specific focus on the application of GIS in environmental and social contexts.

Data mapping, management and analysis are particular needs in the environmental and business context. Applications include environmental monitoring, resource mapping, infrastructure planning, socio-economic analysis etc. The programme uses real life data from a range of open sources to demonstrate and build the competencies of the learners. Given that GIS is now being applied across a wide range of areas this programme would be a significant benefit for a person who is required to upgrade their existing skills.

Students will use a range of GIS software including e.g. MapInfo and various Open Source GIS packages and Systems.

People who successfully complete this programme can continue on to study advanced GIS techniques e.g. CIT Masters in GIS or seek employment as GIS Technicians.


Module 1: GIS Theory and Context
Module 2: Introduction to GIS Applications
Module 3: GIS
Module 4: GIS, GPS and Monitoring

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements will normally be a pass in six Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics or an equivalent qualification. Equivalence may be demonstrated by an appropriate qualification and significant relevant experience.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements but who are aged 23 and over will be considered for entry on the basis of a written assessment and if appropriate an interview process.


While the programme is practically-oriented, it does involve formal academic assessment. Assessment is primarily through the completion of practical assignments though there is one in-class theory examination at the end of the first module.


Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 20 Credits).


One year, commencing 4th October 2016 and concluding at the end of April 2017.
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