ESRI Virtual Campus

Use ESRI Virtual Campus courses to build and enhance skills

Geospatial technologies, management and use of spatial information, is one of the most important technologies of the 21st century, recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor as being a "High Growth Industry."

ESRI provides a large variety of general and industry-specific online training courses. These courses allow a person to learn, develop, and enhance job skills. Courses exist for beginners, people new to geospatial technologies to courses for those familiar with geospatial technology looking to enhance job skills. Database management, programming in Python, and cartographic principles are but a few courses available.

Depending on the course, time spent learning a new topic can range from a couple hours to as many as 36 hours of class time. Each course consists of necessary data, software instruction, plus background on techniques and methods.

Course quizzes are given. Course progress is dependent upon quiz grades. Course exams also exist for many courses. Grades and course progress are managed in the ESRI course management systemTranscripts are available to students for gauging progress towards personal learning goals, show faculty or employers the courses taken and grades achieved, or provide certification organizations as proof of professional development training. Upon satisfactory completion of a course, the student may be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

ESRI also provides an ESRI Technical Certification Program (TCP) for interested users. The TCP is designed to recognize people who are proficient in the use of particular ESRI software products and GIS system design strategies.

ESRI Virtual Campus Availability

Over 70 different ESRI Virtual Campus Courses are available - for free - for Murray State Faculty and Staff, and currently-enrolled students.

For a current list of ESRI Virtual Campus courses, visit

This external website will provide a current list of courses. Make sure to check each course to make sure it is a course which will apply to some training goal. Make sure to check each course to make sure no 3rd party software is required. Some courses are specifically tied to certain 3rd party software, like HAZUS-MH, or requires administrator-level access to servers. Requests for these courses will not be fulfilled. Please check the prerequisites for each course before requesting a course.

ESRI Virtual Campus Enrollment Information (Individual Users)

Due to the complexity and time commitment required for ESRI Virtual Campus courses, course enrollment will be limited to 2 courses per student. A valid Murray State University email address must be provided.

The MSU/ESRI Virtual Campus Administrator will use the information contained in the forms below for obtaining ESRI Virtual Campus enrollment authorization codes.

To begin any ESRI VC course, first:

    1. Request your Virtual Campus codes from the campus ESRI Virtual Campus representative using the form above.
    2. The campus ESRI rep will submit enrollment details to ESRI.
    3. ESRI will then generate the authorization codes and email those codes to the Virtual Campus rep and the student.
    4. The authorization email from ESRI, "ESRI Training," will contain information on how to access the ESRI Virtual Campus dashboard and activate the Virtual Campus course.

All students will be required to create an ESRI Global Account as part of the enrollment process. As part of the Virtual Campus product, students will be able to measure and track progress while also maintaining a transcript of courses taken and certificates achieved. ESRI Virtual Campus provides a dashboard for course management, including tracking progress, recording grades, and building a transcript. Transcripts can be valuable later when proof of MSU course or project completion is required. Many employers use ESRI Virtual Campus course transcripts as evidence of GIS competency. Certificates are full-color. Transcripts are valuable assets to provide evidence of GIS competency.

Classroom Enrollment for Faculty and Staff

Faculty or staff needing to enroll an entire class in a specific ESRI Virtual Campus course should contact the campus ESRI VC representative below. The campus ESRI VC representative will request codes for the class and forward those codes to the requesting faculty or staff person. The person requesting can then distribute the codes to class members.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the ESRI Virtual Campus courses, please contact Murray State University Virtual Campus Representative
Mr. Michael Busby
420 Blackburn
Phone: 3370
Email the ESRI Virtual Campus rep.

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