ArcGIS Desktop Professional 10.0

Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Professionals are capable of successfully performing skills required of Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associates, and can also utilize a broader range of ArcGIS tools and functionality to define and successfully complete complex GIS projects.

A qualified candidate for the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Professional Certification is capable of performing all tasks required of an Esri Certified ArcGIS Desktop Associate. The candidate is also capable of applying GIS concepts and knowledge to define a project and establish work flows, processes, and methods in ArcGIS, to troubleshoot and problem solve non-routine issues, and to determine and apply the most appropriate ArcGIS Desktop functionality to accomplish the project objectives.

A qualified candidate should be able to:

  • Utilize advanced modeling techniques including branching, iteration, scripting, etc.
  • Apply fundamental spatial statistics
  • Perform advanced vector and raster analysis including map algebra
  • Perform surface modeling and analysis
  • Understand and apply Python scripting
  • Perform fundamentals of spatial database design
  • Determine and define an appropriate coordinate system
  • Apply advanced visualization techniques
  • Understand and apply fundamental network analysis concepts
  • Build complex data sets
  • Author and publish a map service and image service
  • Have experience using ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Online, and core ArcGIS Desktop extensions

The following list of skills measured is provided to familiarize candidates with topics covered on the exam and to help guide exam preparation. We recommend candidates review this list and assess their knowledge of each skill. Specific preparation resources are available to assist with refreshing in areas where any knowledge gaps are found.

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Working with Coordinate Systems and Spatial Reference
  • Determine if specified data sets meet accuracy requirements for a given project
  • Given multiple datasets that do not align, determine which one is correct
  • Given a set of symptoms, determine if the cause is bad data, incorrect projection definition, or incorrect transformation
  • Describe techniques to align data in a non-standard coordinate system with data in a standard coordinate system
  • Determine projection parameter values to change in order to properly align data
  • Determine suitable projection parameters for a specific set of data given bounding coordinates for a specific geographic area and purpose
  • Determine which transformation method should be used to transform data
  • Given a situation in which the coordinate system of the source layers do not match the coordinate system of the data frame, describe the types of errors that could be introduced while editing the data
  • Recognize errors introduced as a result of snapping at too small of a map scale while editing the data
Managing Data in ArcGIS
  • Design a file geodatabase
  • Recognize necessary schema changes so that data can support a particular operation
  • Explain the circumstances under which synchronization would be necessary
  • Explain how the different types of synchronization affect a database
  • Recognize when data conversion is necessary
  • Determine which tools to use for data conversion
  • Determine the data, settings, and parameters for creating a geometric network, a geodatabase topology, a geodatabase terrain, a linear referencing system, and an address locator
  • Given geocoding results, determine if customization is required and if so, determine the data, settings, and parameters for customizing the address locator
Analyzing Data in ArcGIS
  • Given a scenario, determine the type of analysis required to create an appropriate solution
  • Determine the workflow, data, tools, settings, and parameters to perform an analysis that requires a surface or raster, a spatial distribution analysis, a statistical analysis, and a network analysis
Visualizing Data in ArcGIS
  • Describe how to create a cartographic representation to visualize a dataset for a specific target audience.
  • Evaluate cartographic representations to verify that they are adequate at various scales and extents
  • Determine the appropriate symbology and classification methods
  • Build an expression to exclude values for the purpose of refining a visualization
  • Configure symbology to enhance map readability
  • Optimize the drawing performance of map documents
  • Explain the effect of various parameters, settings, and values when rendering 3D data using ArcScene and ArcGlobe
Geoprocessing in ArcGIS
  • Select an appropriate method and environment to accomplish a geoprocessing task (e.g., ModelBuilder, scripting, compiled program, combination)
  • Create and edit a Python script to automate a simple, recurrent and/or repetitive process in an ArcGIS workflow
  • Design a model to implement a complex workflow process in ModelBuilder
  • Determine the appropriate frequency and timing of a scheduled task
  • Identify problems that would prevent a given ArcGIS workflow from running correctly as a scheduled service
  • Given a model, inputs to the model, and an output that does not match reasonable expectations, identify the cause of the problem(s)
  • Determine the most appropriate method for sharing a geoprocessing model or script
Sharing Content from ArcGIS
  • Determine the correct parameters for creating an image service to share a large amount of imagery
  • Determine the correct parameters for publishing a map in ArcGIS Publisher
Customizing ArcGIS Desktop
  • Determine how best to customize the user interface to perform a task in the most efficient manner

The following training resources are available to help you prepare for your exam, but they are not required. Keep in mind, completing recommended training courses does not guarantee that you will achieve the requirements for a specific Esri Technical Certification.

Esri Technical Certification: Skills Review for ArcGIS Desktop Professional

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ArcGIS Desktop Professional candidates may benefit from recommended training resources for the ArcGIS Desktop Associate certification.

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Exam price: $225 USD
Exam time limit: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Number of questions: 95
Certification code: EADP10
Exam type: Multiple choice, multiple select
View information about this exam for ArcGIS 10.1.

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