Migrating to ArcGIS Pro for Foresters: Basic Short Course (Cohort 6)

Includes a Live Event on 08/23/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)


Course information

The purpose of this class it to equip foresters and natural resource professions to make a successful transition from Esri’s ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. This class differentiates itself from others because the content and exercises focuses purely on forestry related applications and skills.  Upon completion, creating and sharing the best timber type maps, and more, will be done with confidence and skill.

Is this course for you?

This course is intended for users of Esri's ArcMap who want to successfully transition to using it's replacement, ArcGIS Pro. This is for you if you are already familiar with GIS and Esri’s ArcMap at a basic license and skill level. Eligible course participants are to have ArcMap already installed and available (to migrate Personnel GDB to File GDB). Participants must have a computer that meets the system requirement of Esri’s ArcGIS Pro and have it installed. These are required to successfully complete this short course. 

Open registration

Registration remains open through August 12, 11:59 pm ET or until class capacity is full at 50 registrants.

$170 for SAF Members

$250 for Non-members

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Course start date

Course content will be accessible starting August 9, 2022.

Course access 

Course access will remain open through October 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET unless notified otherwise. 

Course pace

This course is self-paced with an expected completion time of just over 7.5 hours. There are four sections, which are intended to be completed over the course of 4 weeks.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this short course, you will be able to:

1. Compare and contrast ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.

2. Import existing ArcMap map projects (*.mxd) files into ArcGIS Pro.

3. Edit GIS layers in ArcGIS Pro.

4. Demonstrate the use of layouts and templates to create and share maps.

5. Migrate ArcMap workflows to ArcGIS Pro.

6. Implement a variety of additional ArcGIS Pro features.


Successful completion of the course is measured by your ability to complete each component and passing the quiz at the end of each section.  The passing score for the quiz is 100%. You have unlimited attempts to pass the quiz.  

Course Evaluation

Participant feedback is appreciated to help the course curators and subject matter experts continually improve the course for future participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn 7.5 CFEs in Category 1. CFEs will automatically be added to your CFE record located on www.eforester.org.


Upon successful completion of this course and course evaluation, participants may download and print a certificate verifying completion of the course and earning CFEs. CFEs will be uploaded to participant CFE records by the end of the day (11:59 pm ET).

Get Started or Return to Place in Course

Once you are registered for the course, access this course within your MY DASHBOARD. You can pause at any point during the course and you can return right where you last left off. Simply select where you last left off and then keep on working your way through the course.

Course Resources

Additional course resources are available within the Contents tab course sections.

Need Help?

For ForestEd questions, visit FAQs or email cf@safnet.org. For questions about this course's content email Mark Books at mbooks@lmssmail.com. For technical assistance, go to help.commpartners.com for self troubleshooting and/or live chat, or you can email cf@safnet.org.


This is a non-refundable item. Please view FAQs for additional information.

Mark Books

Geospatial Services Manager

Landmark Spatial Solutions, LLC

Mark is a Certified Forester of the geospatial variety and has applied these skills for over 25 years to research and forest management, including prescribed burning. He brings his experience to assist fellow foresters and natural resource managers in using geospatial technology to enhance their work. Further desiring to set up forestry and foresters for success, Mark has also been an executive volunteer in his role as President and Co-founder of the Esri Forestry Group since 2008. He is passionate about trees in both a professional sense and how they interweave into everyday life including faith. Mark received a B.S. in Forestry from both Northland College and Michigan Tech University. And he received an M.S. in Forestry (with an emphasis in Remote Sensing and GIS) from Michigan Tech University.

This content will not be available until 08/09/2022 at 8:30 AM (EDT)