Urban planning community | #theplannerlife

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: GIS Certificate - Why is there such a huge discrepancy in price and rigor?

  1. #1
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    30

    GIS Certificate - Why is there such a huge discrepancy in price and rigor?

    People say a GIS certificate is just that and that it doesn't matter where you get it, so why is there such a huge discrepancy in the schools that offer them?

    UC Riverside - Supposedly very reputable - 24 units - $4,600

    USC - Obviously reputable - 16 units - $20,000+

    Cal State LA - Just a run-of-the-mill program it seems - 12 units - Price unknown, probably $2,000

    So if it's just a "Certificate" why does the USC program even exist, at that price no less?

    Where would you get your certificate?

  2. #2
    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    Posts
    6,247
    Quote Originally posted by jabba rookie View post
    Where would you get your certificate?
    I wouldn't. I would try to go to as many free events that ERSI put on and pick peoples brains. A practitioner would give you better advice than an academic any day. Now if you could take night school classes taught by a practitioner, my thought may change a bit.

  3. #3
    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
    Registered
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Playing at a movie theater near you
    Posts
    5,854
    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I wouldn't. I would try to go to as many free events that ERSI put on and pick peoples brains. A practitioner would give you better advice than an academic any day. Now if you could take night school classes taught by a practitioner, my thought may change a bit.
    Seriously. a previous intern had this complicated ass way of creating shapefiles. She said her professor said it was "the only way". Damn it, I used the force and showed her the power of the dark side, and together, we ruled a new shapefie in about 5 minutes
    No Signature Required

  4. #4
    Cyburbian
    Registered
    Dec 2006
    Location
    midwest
    Posts
    2,851
    I taught myself the basics of GIS from toying on the PCs in the computer studio in college. I put together a very rudimentary portfolio and landed the first (of several internships) working for the state geological survey which had an office on campus.
    "This is great, honey. What's the crunchy stuff?"
    "M&Ms. I ran out of paprika."

    Family Guy

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Replies: 10
    Last post: 07 Mar 2013, 1:43 AM
  2. Replies: 9
    Last post: 12 Mar 2004, 11:13 AM
  3. Replies: 6
    Last post: 25 Nov 2003, 10:28 AM
  4. A use for Walmarts HUGE lots?
    Transportation Planning
    Replies: 20
    Last post: 20 Oct 2003, 11:30 PM
  5. Huge homes and water
    Land Use and Zoning
    Replies: 7
    Last post: 03 Jan 2003, 12:37 AM