tel_email.jpg twitter.jpg youtube.jpg linkedin.jpg

QGIS Cartographic Skills



This 1 day course will teach you how to create attractive, informative maps using QGIS.

Taught by means of tutor-led teaching and hands-on exercises, expand your cartographic expertise by learning how QGIS can be used for producing high quality, meaningful maps.

Attending this course entitles delegates to receive 4 CPD points towards their continual Professional Development under the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Chartered Geographer scheme. 

This course is most suitable for: 

Those with experience of using QGIS with a responsibility for creating maps for the display and communication of information.

Course Outline

Module 1: Extending your skills in the Print Composer

Gain in-depth understanding of the QGIS Print Composer functionality

  • Print Composer functionality
  • Creating a simple map
  • Creating complex maps (including multiple overviews, multiple page design, expression based text and html frames)

Module 2: using the Atlas Builder in QGIS

Understand when to use the Atlas Builder and how to apply it

  • Introduction to the Atlas Builder
  • Batch processing - creating automated map outputs

Module 3: QGIS Labelling Functionality

Learn about the options for labelling maps and how they can be customised.

  • Introduction to labelling
  • Standard labelling techniques
  • Data drive labelling for complex cartographic effects
  • Using QGIS plugins for labelling

Module 4: QGIS Display Diagrams

Learn how to create and integrate histograms, pie charts and diagrams within your maps.

  • Introduction to Display Diagrams and feature data
  • Creating and manipulating diagrams

 Module 5: Heat Maps

Understand the benefits of using Heat Maps to identify patterns and trends in data, and learn how to create them.

  • The concept of a Heat Map
  • Typical data sources for producing heat maps
  • Creating Heat Maps

Module 6: Extending your Vector Symbology skills

Learn how to use the QGIS tools to create graphic effects within QGIS and have an advanced understanding of attractive and informative symbology. 

  • Overview of the QGIS Symbology creation toolset
  • Symbology styles to create graphic effects
  • Vector data layered symbols
  • Symbol customisation
  • Cartographic and design concepts 

> Download QGIS here

Cost: £250 (exc VAT)

Duration: 1 day

Course Dates Stirling: 

  • 24th April 2018
  • 13th July 2018
  • 26th October 2018

Course Dates Manchester:  

  • 19th June

CPD Points: 4

Book Your Place


What's On


What Our Clients Say...

"I really like the fact that the thinkWhere team is made up of GIS professionals rather than just people who answer and log a phone call. It means that they’re able to immediately provide expert advice and they truly understand the importance of dealing with issues promptly and effectively!"

Senior Asset Management Officer
Falkirk Council



Contact Us

Glendevon House
Castle Business Park

Telephone: +44 (0)1786 476060

> Enquiries

Find Us

Our office is located in the
City of Stirling with convenient
motorway and rail links.

> View location map

thinkWhere Ltd. is registered in
Scotland: SC315349