QGIS: Introduction & Level II

  • Start Date: November 18, 2019
  • End Date: November 19, 2019
  • Time: 9-4
  • City: Kimberley BC
  • Venue: Kimberley Conference Centre
  • Instructor: Richard Johnson

Course 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. The course is presented over two days, with the option of taking both days, or just one of the two courses presented. The course is presented in a workshop style with minimal formal presentation. A significant portion of the course allows students to work on their own computer.

Day one – Introduction to QGIS

In a hands-on environment, on their own computers, students create basic maps, adding lines, shapes, overlaying images, creating contours, adding labels and producing high quality maps for print or digital presentation.

Day two – Second Level QGIS

Participants expand their capabilities, working with raster, vector and satellite/air-photo imagery to become proficient using QGIS to solve more complex problems. **Students must have background in QGIS and/or have taken the introductory level course in order to take this level II course.

For a copy of the course outline, email office@cmiae.org

This course has been approved by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) as a for-credit course!

Introduction to QGIS (day 1) – Students will earn 6 continuing education credits SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.

Second Level QGIS (day 2) – Students will earn 3 continuing education credits SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.


Our Instructor

Richard Johnson is a geological engineer who has worked in the petroleum industry for over thirty years prior to moving to the Slocan Valley in 2007. He has over thirty years of experience teaching courses to students, he is one of the founders of the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) and after 8 years on the board of the Columbia Basin Watershed Network he continues to serve on their science committee who offer an annual mapping program with Selkirk College. Richard continues to perform hydrogeological studies, aquifer mapping, satellite image interpretation, and teach QGIS! He can be reached at richard.slrc@gmail.com


Preparation for the course

Students must bring their own computer and have QGIS 3.10 version loaded and functioning (QGIS 3.4 and 3.6 also acceptable if you already have this). Students are expected to be able to open the program. There is a slight variation between the Windows and the Mac versions but both versions have been functioning perfectly in the class room setting.

QGIS 3.10 can be downloaded from https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html

If you use the OSGeo4W download from that site you can have both versions working on the same computer. Details on how to install and run the program can be found at on the same site.

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.



Member Fee: $180** per class

Non-Member: $225 per class

Lunch option:  $15 per day for access to the ‘Build your own sandwich” buffet that also includes salads and baked goods.

** You can purchase and/or renew your annual CMI membership at the same time as you register. See here for membership details.

Registration now closed. Contact Hailey at office@cmiae.org for late registration requests. 


Where to stay?

We have set up a room block at the Trickle Creek Lodge.  There are many options available – see HERE for rates and booking instructions.



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