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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)

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

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.

Other Essential Information: 

How to Apply

Applications are via the Springboard website

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.



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.


Start Date:

January 2021 (date to be advised)


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

Discipline: Computing

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Category: Springboard/ICT Skills


Emer Crean


Pearse McDonnell



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

Places: 24

Programme Duration: One year