Conferences, Workshops and Training


ESRI User Conference

The ESRI User Conference is held once a year in San Diego, usually for five days in July (Monday through Friday). This conference is a valuable way to learn more about techniques and applications of GIS. Up to two complimentary tickets (equivalent to 10 days) are available to each campus, which can be distributed among multiple participants. We ask board members to designate faculty and staff who wish to claim tickets before February 1 after which we open up the remaining tickets to a wait list. 

ESRI Education Conference

The ESRI Education Conference is typically held just before and overlapping with the ESRI UC in July. Through plenary sessions, user presentations, and hands-on workshops, this conference provides learning opporuntines for GIS professors and instructors. Our agreement with ESRI allows participants who have registered for all five days of the ESRI UC to also request complimentary tickets to the ESRI Education Conference.

Workshops and Training

Virtual Campus

Each CSU campus has unlimited access to certain online courses through ESRI's Virtual Campus. These courses are now freely available.

Instructor-Led Training

These ESRI courses are usually in two, three or five days in length and are offered remotely or face-to-face at a variety of locations. The CSU receives 100 complimentary days per contract year (October 1 - September 30) for faculty and staff. Before May 1, we try to hold four-to-five days in reserve for each campus, but after May 1, we open registration on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in taking an Instructor-Led course, please contact the CSU GIS Specialty Center Licensing Administrator at with the following:

  • Your name
  • Department
  • Contact information (Phone # and E-mail)
  • Course information (name, ID#, location, and date)

Note that there are often a number of days still available for training during the summer. Faculty may plan accordingly. Also note that the GIS Specialty Center does not provide travel funds to attend these training classes.


These are interdisciplinary GIS exercises for colleges and universities that develop spatial reasoning and analysis skills. Since 2012, this product has been added to our site license.

Business Analyst Training Modules

These teaching modules are designed to train students to perform site location analysis using the Business Analyst extension of ArcGIS. They were developed, written and copyrighted by Michael Reibel under a grant from the California State University Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialty Center. These modules are property of the CSU GIS Specialty Center. Permission to use them is hereby granted for academic purposes. Use of these teaching modules for training in any setting other than a high school or university course is expressly forbidden without the written consent of the CSU GIS Specialty Center. These modules deal exclusively with operational issues pertaining to performing site selection analysis using the Business Analyst extension in ArcGIS. They do not teach the basic operation of the ArcGIS program suite, nor do they cover the general theory and practice of site selection for different operational purposes. The modules can therefore be combined with other curriculum material depending on the scope of GIS and/or site selection courses.