Introduction to QGIS

This is an introductory course that covers QGIS from the very basics. You will learn how to use QGIS for mapping, spatial data processing and spatial analysis. This class is ideal for participants with a basic knowledge of GIS who want to learn how to use QGIS to carry out common GIS tasks.


12 Hours


  • Familiarity with GIS concepts

Learning Outcomes

  • Load, view and query spatial datasets in QGIS
  • Create and edit spatial data using QGIS
  • Ability to use QGIS for common spatial analysis tasks
  • Create data visualizations and maps

Course Outline

  • Creating Maps
    • Importing Shapefiles and CSV files
    • Filtering and selecting data records using QGIS Expressions
    • Creating Proportional Circle Symbology
    • Labelling
    • Creating Maps using Print Layouts
  • Visualizing Spatial Data
    • Table Joins
    • Creating Choropleth Maps
  • Georeferencing
    • Using Basemaps
    • Using the Georeferencer
  • Data Editing
    • Attribute Forms
    • Digitizing Polygons
  • Geoprocessing
    • Downloading OpenStreetMap Data
    • Reproject and Buffer
    • Zonal Statistics


Spatial Thoughts is one of the handful of QGIS certifying organizations globally. Participants who attend a live session of this class will each receive an official, employer-verifiable certification from


Self Study

Work through our study material at your own pace. No certificate or support will be provided.

Cost: Free

Instructor-led live online sessions

Join our cohort-based course with live online classes. Includes certification and lifetime technical support.

Cost: USD $120 / EUR €100 / INR ₹8500 + GST

Meet Our Participants

I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to you and the entire Spatial Thoughts team. It has been an incredible opportunity for me to delve into the world of QGIS software. Even during my postgraduate studies, I didn’t receive such clear and comprehensive guidance on this powerful tool. Thanks to your training, I’ve not only gained a profound understanding of QGIS but also developed a genuine appreciation for its value in the field of geospatial analysis. I can’t thank you enough for providing such a valuable learning experience.

Aravind S, Central University of Punjab, India.

Very well structured course giving the basic information on the QGIS tool with relevant examples which helps the participants to visualize use cases from their interest area and test it out in practice.

Dr Praful Gharpure, Sr Consultant – Infrastructure Planning & Development, Tata Consultancy Services, India.

From the very beginning, it was evident that Ujaval possess a deep understanding of QGIS and a passion for teaching. His ability to break down complex concepts into easily understandable modules and explanations was truly remarkable. I found his teaching style to be clear, concise, and engaging, which made the learning process enjoyable and rewarding. The course content was comprehensive and well-structured, covering all the essential aspects of QGIS.

Younes Abid, Ph.d data scientist NLP CV SAR, BAYANAT, United Arab Emirates.

I have been using GIS for ages; however, unfortunately, I did not get any chance to skill up myself through any academic courses and/or training. In this sense, this training was super fruitful for me to dig further for attaining deeper knowledge in QGIS applications for day-to-day project activities.

Hemanta Kumar Yadav, Environmental Scientist, Tetra Tech Coffey, New Zealand.

This training was excellent. Really well paced, with great content and resources, as well as super helpful instructors! Couldn’t recommend this more for people looking to get started with QGIS.

Peter Grinsted, United Kingdom.

This is such an exceptionally well-conducted and professional course! I joined it to get a formal feel of a training program to aid my own teaching. Being a researcher working on environment and development issues, I would recommend this course not just to amateur mappers and experts in biophysical sciences, but especially to social scientists who can hugely benefit from spatial and quantitative analysis!

Amit Kurien, Assistant Professor, RV University, India.

GIS analysis is a powerful tool for urban planners. This class made the topic extremely accessible. Ujaval is so approachable as an instructor, and the suite of tutorials available via Spatial Thoughts is amazing.

Grace Hood, United States of America.

This course covers ambitious but do-able objectives for learning the power of QGIS to accomplish geospatial mapping and data analysis. Multiple modes of teaching (lecture, demo, hands on, Q&A, and assessments) ensured all participants could meet the objectives. They were patient and accommodating with diverse participants with varied knowledge and skills.

Gail Clement, Beaverdam Valley Neighborhood Association, United States of America.

I have taken many online courses on various topics, live and self paced, some instructor led and others not, and this has by far been my best experience. The live sessions make a world of difference. The small group learning is impactful as we get to share the experience and ask questions freely. Ujaval is very knowledgeable and communicates the material excellently. I truly appreciate him offering these courses. Santhosh was very helpful and they work very well as a team. I plan to take more courses with them.

Elise Roberts, BRON Intl, The Bahamas.

This course is really awesome. I think I am finally able to produce some decent maps now. This thanks to the excellent teaching of Ujaval and the great support of Vigna.

Ellen Brock, India

The course is well structured and Ujaval has good knowledge about the concept. His presentation is also good. I really enjoyed a lot. Thank you.

Gokul Gopan, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

I’ve been working with QGIS for some years now, yet I learned a lot in this course that helped me better understand some processes and find more efficient work methods. I found it easy to follow and perfectly structured, covering many topics thanks to Ujaval’s outstanding knowledge and excellent communication. Additionally, Santhosh was beneficial and ready to solve every problem. I appreciated all the extra tips provided during the exercises and the additional materials. I am looking forward to the next course!

Luigi Carboni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

This two day workshop was an enjoyable journey into the world of QGIS. While I was not new to using QGIS, the tools and the way they are taught provides a very rich perspective into using QGIS. It is more than just learning an application, it is about problem-solving. Both Ujaval and Santhosh are very helpful and patient.

Kundan Singh, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, India.

The course is excellent. Ujaval has great expertise and didactics. Santhosh is also great!!

Mariana Lirio, Independent, Australia.

The course is structured very nicely – introducing key concepts of QGIS functionality including challenges that are quite fun! The best part is to have a ever accessible class page and various resource links shared during the class

Madhuri Mandava, Co-founder Paani.Earth, India.

A great session teaching various ways to work with numerous amounts of data. Would highly recommend anyone to join this course

Mohamed Akmal, Epoch Associates Pvt Ltd, Maldives.

A teacher with impeccable knowledge in the field, Documentation done is sublime even a novice in GIS can understand this content, Thank-you Ujaval and Santhosh Sir.

Pawan Muddu, GRED Foundation and the University of Twente, India.

Excellent course, some great examples were shown. Good exercises, excellent course material

Uday Kothari, Founder Miiint Solutions, India.