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ESRI Virtual Campus Self-Paced Training


Effective November 15, 2008, USDA has signed a new Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with ESRI for GIS Software and Services. This new agreement was negotiated by USDA through the federal SmartBUY initiative. This Blanket Purchase Agreement is effective though September 30, 2013.

This new agreement includes an unlimited Service Center Agency (SCA) Virtual Campus Standard Subscription for ESRI-authored courses, allowing FSA, NRCS, RD, and SWCD personnel access to on-line ESRI software training. This subscription is effective through Sep 30, 2009 (renewable with 4 option years of the BPA).

The ESRI Virtual Campus training provides a high-quality learning experience using interactive exercises, examples, and instructional resources to create a rich learning environment.

Web courses teach a variety of topics related to ESRI software, the theory underlying GIS technology, and the application of GIS tools in particular fields. Some Web courses include downloadable trial editions of ESRI software.

Are you new to online self-paced courses on our Virtual Campus? The course orientation [Flash] [non-Flash version] provides a tutorial on how to navigate a Virtual Campus course.

Premium License

This license includes all Virtual Campus courses authored exclusively by ESRI and courses authored by experts outside of ESRI. View the list of courses.


Each course provides individual learning objectives.

Prerequisites and Recommendation

  • Each user must have an ESRI Global Account login.
  • Participants should be familiar with the Windows operating system.
  • Refer to each course prerequisites and recommendations.


Duration and Expiration

Each learning module of a Web course takes approximately three hours to complete. Each license code is valid for one year.

Target Audience

These courses are intended for new GIS users as well as experienced users.

The subscription is available to NRCS and SWCD employees.

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