ESRI Training Services are now focused on creating online courses that teach ArcGIS 10 concepts, tools and functionality. Free one module online training  is available to help you catch up with ArcGIS 10. These courses, follow-up training seminars presented earlier this year, including the presentation and workshop demonstrations and a practical exercise and examination data. Passing the exam earns an Esri certificate of completion.

These one-module online courses are great for getting just-in-time training on a specific topic. Each course takes approximately two hours to complete, and the price can’t be beat. If you don’t have access to ArcGIS 10 software, Esri offers a free 60-day evaluation (note that evaluation software is not supported by Esri Support Services or Esri Training Services).

Two longer Web courses are also available:

    • A free three-module online course designed for those completely new to GIS. Exercises and simulations reinforce GIS concepts and teach a variety of basic ArcGIS tools and functionality.
    • A comprehensive eight-module online course designed for those new to GIS and ArcGIS. The free first module covers fundamental GIS concepts and includes three exercises that give you practice with a sampler of ArcGIS functionality, including visualizing data in ArcMap and using ArcGIS analysis tools for site selection.

Those of you who enjoy the convenience of self-paced Web training will find many more Web courses on ArcGIS 10 by the end of this year and into early 2011.