QGIS Training

Course outlines

Our primary QGIS trainer is Antony Scott (@antscott). 

Ant has been working with QGIS since 2008 and provides QGIS expertise and training to MapAction - The humanitarian mapping charity.

He has trained over 100 people in using QGIS over the past few years, and regularly contributes to QGIS events, primarily in the South West.

Ant is a charter member of the OSGeo Foundation.



Astun offers two QGIS courses; QGIS Essentials is an introduction to the the essentials of the application. The second course, QGIS Advanced takes knowledge gained in QGIS Essentials and extends with advanced styling, automation and processing exercises.

QGIS Essentials (2 days) - 12 CPD points

The course covers the following topics, using the latest long-term release (LTR) version of QGIS - see here for current details.

Delegates should have a basic knowledge of GIS and data management. The course includes full notes and hands-on exercises for each module.

The course runs from 9.30am to 5pm each day.

1.Getting started with QGIS
  • Introduction to QGIS
  • Projects
  • Menus and features
  • Map navigation
  • Coordinate Reference Systems
  • Plugins
2. Vector data
  • Vector data formats, including ESRI, MapInfo and GeoPackage
  • Spreadsheet data
  • Web services
  • Managing layers including joins
3. Styling map data
  • Creating maps
  • Styling points, lines and polygons
  • Choropleth maps
  • Labelling
  • Data-driven styling
4. Selecting and filtering
  • Querying individual features
  • Querying layers
  • Processing selections
  • Using the attribute table
5. Raster data
  • Raster data formats
  • Virtual rasters
  • Web services
6. Data creation and editing
  • Creating layers
  • Editing data geometry
  • Snapping and tracing
  • Editing attributes
7. Geoprocessing
  • Buffers and other tools
  • Spatial analysis tools
8. PostGIS data
  • Connecting to a PostGreSQL/PostGIS database
  • Loading data to the database
  • Adding database layers to a map
9. Print layouts
  • Setting up a layout
  • Adding and managing elements
  • Managing templates
10. QGIS Plugins
  • Review of popular plugins

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QGIS Advanced (1 day) - 4 CPD points

This course introduces a number of more advanced features of QGIS. Delegates should have a good working knowledge of QGIS.

The course runs from 9.30am to 5pm.

1. Atlas generation
  • Atlas generation
  • Use of expressions and variables in Atlas maps
  • Use of styling rules to dynamically set styling
2. Georeferencing
  • Referencing scanned or imported images
  • Improving accuracy
3. Raster/terrrain analysis
  • Creating slope/aspect analysis from Lidar data
  • Visualising raster data
  • 3D visualisation
4. Processing Toolbox and Graphical Modeller
  • Using the processing tools
  • Creating workflows with the Graphical Modeller
5. Time Manager plugin
  • Creating time-based animations from time series data
6. Point cluster styling and other advanced techniques
  • Using point clusters to visualise dense point data
  • Data-dependant symbology size
  • Using geometry generators

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