Course curriculum

    1. Course Introduction

    2. How to use this course

    3. Community Forum

    4. Before you begin...

    1. Course Handbook

    2. Training Files

    3. Course Exercises Handout

    4. Grid Shift Files

    1. What to expect from the course

    2. Electronic data capture in the field

    3. Configuring QGIS

    4. Configuring raster layers

    5. Configuring vector layers

    6. Creating custom forms

    7. Simple dropdown lists

    8. Cascading dropdown lists

    9. Setting up searchable fields

    10. Adding photographs

    11. Map themes

    12. Project transfer: cable

    13. Project transfer: QField cloud

    14. Digitising in QField

    15. Editing features

    16. Using GPS

    17. Synchronise QField with QGIS by cable

    18. Synchronise QField with QGIS using QField Cloud

    19. Sources of help

    1. Feedback

About this course

  • £180.00
  • 28 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content

Course overview

What to expect and prerequisites for the course

  • This course introduces surveyors to QField, an open-source mobile GIS mapper which works alongside the QGIS. It allows for efficient electronic data capture in the field, such as habitat mapping as well as capturing species information.

  • We cover the key advantages of capturing habitat and species data electronically as well as considering equipment options. The first part of the event focusses on setting up projects in QGIS for transfer to QField, including the use of the QField Sync plugin. We demonstrate how to prepare basemaps, configure map themes and transfer projects to a mobile device for use in the field.

  • We then look at QField functionality on a mobile device (android 'phone or tablet), firstly indoors and then in the field as a self-learning exercise. Field work will include capturing point, line and polygon data as well as editing data in the field.

  • The course will combine demonstration with exercises to consolidate learning.

  • Finally we will cover the transfer of field data back into a QGIS project.

  • To successfully complete the course you MUST be a proficient QGIS user but prior experience of QField is not necessary.

  • IT equipment, including a PC or Mac (desktop or laptop) pre-loaded with QGIS and a smart phone or tablet running the Android operating system (version 5 or above) will be needed.

  • The use of Apple mobile devices is not supported on this course.

  • You will have full access to this course for 12 months. If that's not enough time, then there is an option to extend (approval needed - just email us and we can discuss)

What is QField

QField is a mobile mapping solution for the Android platform. QField is based on QGIS and performs some, but not all, of the same operations. The interface is greatly simplified and is designed to allow essential field tasks to be carried out but no more. QField supports creating and editing points, lines and polygons. You can also configure snapping in QGIS and use that in QField. A plugin for QGIS, QFieldSync makes packaging QGIS projects for QField easy. Much of the preparation for mobile mapping is carried out in QGIS beforehand including preparing basemaps, adding vector layers that will be used in the field, setting up forms for data entry and layer styling. This reduces the workload in the field and on your mobile device.


Paul Losse

Paul has worked as a Conservation Officer and Senior Specialist (land management and conservation) for English Nature and Natural England for 10 years. His roles have included providing advice to land owners on ecology, wildlife legislation and conservation land management and carrying out habitat surveys. He has provided training and guidance to developers and local authorities on cases where nature conservation and protected species issues arise. Paul also had nine years experience as a training consultant in the public sector.