ArcGIS Desktop Professional 10.1

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 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 for Desktop functionality to accomplish the project objectives. The qualified ArcGIS Desktop Professional should be able to perform all of the tasks expected of an ArcGIS Desktop Associate.

A qualified candidate should be able to:

  • Utilize advanced modeling techniques
  • Apply fundamental spatial statistics
  • Perform advanced vector and raster analysis
  • Perform surface modeling and analysis
  • Understand and apply python scripting
  • Perform fundamentals of spatial database design
  • Determine and define an appropriate coordinate system
  • Demonstrate proficiency in application configuration
  • Apply advanced visualization techniques
  • Understand fundamental network analysis concepts
  • Build a complex data set
  • Perform some basic network analysis
  • Author and publish a map service
  • Author and publish an image service
  • Identify and resolve common, complex problems

A qualified candidate should be familiar with tools such as:

  • Basic tools throughout ArcGIS for Desktop
  • ArcGIS Explorer
  • ArcGIS Online
  • Core ArcGIS for 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, LAS dataset 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
  • Determine which storage or management method to use to manage raster data
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
  • Determine the correct parameters for publishing a map in ArcGIS Publisher
  • Determine the appropriate package to use when sharing
  • Explain the devices available for sharing and consuming services and packages and considerations associated with them
Customizing ArcGIS Desktop
  • Determine how best to customize the user interface to perform a task in the most efficient manner

The following resources are available to help you prepare for your exam, but are not required. Please utilize this list of preparation resources with the list of skills measured topics to identify appropriate training options for possible knowledge gaps found.

Please note that completing the recommended training courses does not guarantee you will achieve the requirements for a specific Certification exam.

Preparation resources

You may also search the ArcGIS Resource Center for additional materials.

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Exam price: $225 USD
Exam time limit: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Number of questions: 95
Certification code: EADP101
Exam type: Multiple choice, multiple select
Published: October 2012
Level of change from previous version: Minor
View information about this exam for ArcGIS 10.0.

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