Introduction to QGIS

  • Start Date: November 17, 2017
  • End Date: November 17, 2017
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • City: Revelstoke
  • Venue: Okanagan College - 1401 1 St W, Revelstoke, BC
  • Instructor: Richard Johnson
  • Now a certified SER course!

Workshop Description

The free, open source QGIS program is used and supported by a world-wide array of developers. Learn how to use this program to produce maps from public databases and your own knowledge. In a hands-on environment, students will load basic maps, add lines, shapes, overlay images, create contour maps, add labels and produce high quality maps for print or digital presentation. A basic knowledge of GIS will be helpful to students, but is not crucial.

There will be minimal formal presentation, most of student time will be spent working on their own computer with instructional support. Coffee will be available throughout the day and students are free to move about and take breaks as needed.

For a copy of the course outline, email


This course has been approved by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) as a for-credit course! Students will earn 6 continuing education credits SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.



Our Instructor

Richard Johnson is a geological engineer who worked in the petroleum industry  for over thirty years prior to moving to the Slocan Valley in 2007. He is one of the founders of the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) and is on the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Board of Directors. He does hydrogeological studies, aquifer mapping and satellite image interpretation. He has just over thirty years of experience teaching courses to students through his company Opus Petroleum Engineering Ltd. He can be reached at


Preparation for the workshop

Students must bring their own computer and have QGIS 2.18 (Las Palmas) loaded and functioning. Students are expected to be able to open the program. There is a slight variation between the Windows and the Mac versions and Richard will be teaching from the Windows version.

Details on how to install and run the program can be found at    “Getting Started” in the “Table of Contents” (left panel).  Students will get more from the course if they do the “Sample Session” in the “Getting Started” section.

Students can download the QGIS 2.18 User Guide from  Click on “User Guide/Manual PDF’s” in the left panel (Table of Contents). Window that opens will enable the student to download the Guide in sections.

There are many tutorials on the web. Richard’s favorite is by Ujaval Gandi at    Although it was written for previous versions of QGIS, much of it is still relevant to the 2.18 version.

A data package will be provided to registered students. It will contain all of the example data that we will be working with in the class. Richard will also provide follow-up for one month after the course for individuals who have questions and problems.

If you wish to get a better understand of GIS before you come to this course, you could use these resources here



Course registration includes catered refreshment breaks by La Baguette and there is an option to pre-order a bagged lunch.

Member rate: $148*

Non-member rate: $193

Bagged lunch: $14

*You can purchase your CMI membership for 2017 at the same time as registering for this course via the link provided ($40)

This course is now full.  You can email Hailey Ross at to request a spot on the wait list.


Where to Stay

We have set up a room-block at the Monashee Lodge, just one block away from the Okanagan College. Discounted room rates are available for $80/night plus tax. This includes a continental breakfast (hot breakfasts can be ordered at additional cost), and there is also a clean hot tub and infra-red sauna for your use. 250-814-2553. Please state that you are with “CMI” to receive the discounted rate.

Another option is to stay at the Gateway Inn where rooms are available at a 10% discount, rates starting at $69/night plus tax. Price includes a continental breakfast. The Gateway Inn is just across the street from Okanagan College. 250-837-2164. Please state that you are with “CMI” to receive the discounted rate.


Thank you to our host Okanagan College


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  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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