Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate


Credential: ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), ArcGIS Desktop Associate certification is a mid-level credential that validates the skills of professionals who apply ArcGIS concepts and  processes to workflow. ArcGIS' are proficient in using the tool to manage, visualize, and analyze geospatial data. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

380 New York Street
Redlands, CA  92373-8100

Phone: 909-793-2853

Email: certification@esri.com

Candidate should have two or more years of experience.

The ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate should be familiar with best practices and uses of Esri's ArcGIS technologies.

Written Exam

  • Data Management (35%)
    • Compare and contrast various types of vector and raster datasets supported in ArcGIS
    • Choose and apply an appropriate coordinate system to preserve the desired spatial properties.
    • Given a scenario, determine how to mirate data to file geodatabase, feature class, or table
    • Apply spatial and attribute data validation
    • Given a scenario, determine how the ArcGIS Platform components and geodatabase types are used to manage data
    • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate existing geodatabase elements to use
    • Manage raster data, tabular data, and vector data
    • Manage metadata and item details
  • Data Manipulation (17%)
    • Use the ArcGIS platform's editing functionality to create, modify, and delete 2D and 3D data
    • Resolve the root cause of a data alignment problem
    • Given a scenario, apply a SQL query
    • Determine how to repair the link between a layer and its data source
    • Troubleshoot data anomalies with tabular and vector data
  • Visualization (14%)
    • Identify how to control the coordinate system and geographic transformation in ArcGIS Desktop
    • Manage layer properties
    • Determine how to visualize temporal, ranged, or 3D data
  • Sharing (14%)
    • Identify how to export data, maps, and scenes to different formats
    • Choose how to share content across the ArcGIS Platform
    • Identify the purpose of metadata, item description, and other properties for sharing
    • Determine how to create and manage map layouts and map books
  • Analysis & Geoprocessing (20%)
    • Compare the functionality of table joins and relates, relationship classes, and spatial joins
    • Given a scenario, determine the appropriate geoprocessing tool to use
    • Given a scenario, use tasks, batch processing, models, or scripts to execute a complex workflow
    • Identify analysis tools available from the connected portal
    • Apply raster functions for raster processing

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Associate credential has the following recertification information:

  • There are no recertification requirements for this certification. However, the certification is issued for a specific product version. To remain current, certification holders should monitor the certifying agency for any updates.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

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Early Career

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12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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