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Training Opportunities

The Census Bureau offers both web-based and in-person courses to help you access and use Census Bureau statistics. These free courses can teach you how to use our databases and mapping tools, find local and national demographic information for a variety of uses including grant proposals, economic data statistics for business plans, research papers, etc. Check out our eTutorials and course descriptions.

Interested in training for your company or organization?

We have a network of Data Specialists who can provide training throughout the nation.

Thank you for your interest in Census Bureau webinars. Effectively immediately, training offerings listed below no longer require you to register beforehand! If you are interested in participating in one of our offerings, log-in details will be available here no later than 24 hours before the event.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The WebEx service provider includes a feature that allows audio, documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining a session, you automatically consent to the recording. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any of these recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Please note:  Attendance to the webinars is on a first-come-first-serve basis until the capacity is reached. If you are interested in a webinar we recommend that you join 10 minutes in advance of the posted start time to ensure entrance. If you were not able to attend, please access our Training Resource Library page where we post recordings of all available webinars for you to view at your convenience. Thank you.

Course Schedule

Oct 15    Working with the American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files

Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files are a set of untabulated records about individual people or housing units. The Census Bureau produces the PUMS files so that data users can create custom tables that are not available through pretabulated ACS data products. In this webinar, we will discuss the basics of working with ACS PUMS files, including organization and confidentiality of the files, accessing the data and documentation, and geographic availability.

Format: Webinar
Time: 1pm -2pm ET

Dec 10    Accessing Block Group Data with the American Community Survey

Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to our smallest level of geography, block groups, using the ACS Summary File. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using the Summary File Retrieval Tool, DataFerrett, and FTP site.

Format: Webinar
Time: 1pm -2pm ET

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