by Matthew Kemeny
Continuing education and training are as important for our staff as for our clients. Staying up to date on the latest tools and technologies from our key technology partners like Esri is one of the best ways we can deliver the highest-quality routing solutions for our partners.
Three of our staff members recently achieved certifications in Esri’s ArcGIS Pro Foundation 2101. By passing the ArcGIS Pro Foundation certification exam, Client Success Managers Lindsay Ringgold, Aaron Nuffer and Senior Product Manager Amy Ma solidified their experience in applying ArcGIS concepts and processes to workflows. In doing so, they have demonstrated comprehension of ArcGIS concepts, including ArcGIS fundamentals.
The certification process was fun and informative and exposed participants to a variety of concepts and workflows from other industries, Ma recalled.
“Getting certified helped me build confidence in my abilities and identify and fill in my knowledge gaps,” she added. “Being well-versed in GIS/Pro tools can help put polish on a project to help sell it to decision makers, such as making detailed maps that show a before and after (of the project).”
We are a proud gold-level partner of Esri and use the company’s industry-leading desktop technology to provide complete routing solutions for our clients.
The certification process involved migrating existing ArcMap knowledge to the terminology, processes, and tools associated with ArcGIS Pro, Nuffer said.
“Having this certification will help me guide clients in their decisions pertaining to their future use of ArcGIS Pro vs RouteSmart Online or both,” he said. “The course helped deepen my knowledge of the Pro environment and its capabilities.”
The Esri certification program is open to anyone. It’s designed to test an individual’s practical application and hands-on experience using Esri products. Participants can take any certification exam they feel matches their skills and experience level. To prepare for the Pro certification exam, participants can enroll in training classes through the Esri Academy.
The 30 min-to-two-hour classes covered topics such as ArcGIS Pro Basics, essential workflows, data management and managing map layers. There was a total of 15 classes in the Pro Foundation Certification series which totaled to 44 hours of training.
The 90-minute online exam, focused on workflow and made test-takers concentrate on the complete process of routing with ArcGIS Pro.
Ringgold said passing the exam gave her a great sense of accomplishment.
“It’s a great tool I’ll be able to have in my back pocket to be able to use for any type of scenario that comes up,” she said. “I feel much more comfortable with (ArcGIS Pro).”
I’d say the process was, in a nutshell, migrating my existing ArcMap knowledge to the terminology, processes, and tools that are associated with ArcGIS Pro. My preparation included a 5.5-hour online course that focused on practical use of ArcGIS Pro for existing Esri users.