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Certificate in Digital Mapping and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) Springboard+

A year-long, Level 8, Special Purpose Award delivered via blended learning and commencing in January 2021 (Subject to Institute Validation)

Discipline: Business, Humanities and Technology

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a QQI Level 7 major award or equivalent. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be used as a means to gain entry to the programme. For more details see under other essential information.

Credits: 25

Places: 24


Free to unemployed applicants. €250 for employed applicants. (10% of full fee)

Why Study?

The goal of this programme is to provide an opportunity for recent graduates and employees from a range of diverse sectors (listed below) to develop their skills in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping.


  • Engineers
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Geoscientists
  • Data Scientists
  • Archaeologists
  • Marine Biologists
  • Surveyors
  • Town Planners
  • Agri-Scientists
  • Transportation Planners

This programme is about the “science of where”. 

The advent of location-based technologies, the Open Data movement and free and open source software (FOSS) are opening-up new opportunities and enhancing decision-making capabilities in SMEs, semi-state and government agencies, from national to local level.

This course aims to provide training in geospatial skills to support these sectors.

Programme Modules

  • Data Capture and Manipulation
  • Geographical Information Systems 1
  • Geographical Information Systems 2
  • Web Mapping
  • The Next Step - Transitioning to Work


Essential Information: 

NOTE: This course is now closed for applications.

If approved under Springboard+, it will open for applications on in May/ June 2021.

The start date if approved would be January 2022.

Please monitor the and websites for updates.


Application Process:

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To complete your application process you must upload the following:

  1. A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 visas sinceJanuary 2017.
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A copy of your Level 7 Degree/ Major Award or highest other qualification. Translated if not in English

You must also supply ONE of the following:

  • A scanned copy of a recent payslip if employed showing your PPSN, OR
  • A scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ benefit, OR
  • A copy of a recent Bank Statement showing receipt of a different, eligible, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, OR
  • A letter from your Accountant confirming that are Self-employed, OR
  • An Affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a Homemaker.

The Springboard+ Programme is operated by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020.



One year over two semesters.

GMIT is planning for blended delivery to be the normal mode of teaching and learning for Semester 1.

Lifelong learning programmes are planned with "remote delivery" of classes, and this will be carried out within existing blended programme delivery models and times.

This will accommodate some level of classroom delivery if Covid-19 restrictions allow later in the academic year.

GMIT will continue to adhere to Government guidelines to ensure the safety of students, staff and the wider community.



Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to gain access to this programme in accordance with GMIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy. 

RPL application is via the website.



Springboard+ Fees - FREE for those classified as unemployed.

The Springboard+ Fee for employed participants is €250.

Please Note

Free to unemployed recipients (e.g. job-seekers, carers, one-parent families, etc.). For full list please see

For employed participants on courses of NFQ Level 7, 8 or 9, 90% of the course fee is paid by the HEA.  Participants will be liable for the remaining 10% fee.

Fees will be due once a place has been accepted

Contact Us


Emer Crean


Pearse McDonnell



Peter Butler

Graduate Studies & Professional Development


+353 (0)85 805 3691  09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday



Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020