Educational Resources


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.

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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

Nov 24, 2015    Introduction to Veteran Statistics

Description: The webinar "Introduction to Veteran Statistics: Decennial Census and American Community Survey" is designed to introduce data users to the history of questions related to military veterans and how these questions changed over time. It also describes how and why the Census Bureau transitioned from the decennial census long-form to the ACS. Finally, it shows data users a variety of tools for accessing ACS data, with a focus on veterans statistics.

Time: 2:00 - 3:15pm (ET)
Log-in Link: Link to a non-federal Web site
Dial-in Info: 1-888-469-0502
Passcode: 7063779

Dec 03, 2015    Veterans by the Numbers

Description: The U.S. Census Bureau will be conducting free data access webinars on how to access the most up-to-date demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and business statistics about our Veterans from the American Community Survey and the Survey of Business Owners.

Session 3
10:00-11:00 a.m. PST
Level: Introductory
Presenter: Luz Castillo
Log-in Link: to a non-federal Web site
Dial-in Info: 1-866-733-3954
Passcode: 375 157 5


Session 4
1:00-2:00 p.m. PST
Level: Introductory
Presenter: Lia Bolden
Log-in Link: to a non-federal Web site

Dec 16, 2015    Manufacturing, Products, and Goods Across Indicators

Description: Do you want to learn more about the relationship between Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3), International Trade, and Quarterly Financial Report statistics? Are you interested in how manufacturing indicators relate to other federal data? In this webinar, we will explore the relationships between the different manufacturing-related Economic Indicators.

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Jan 27, 2016    Accessing American Community Survey Block Group Data

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 American FactFinder or the ACS Summary File. This webinar will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS Summary File, and a demonstration of accessing block group data using American FactFinder, the Summary File Retrieval Tool, DataFerrett, and FTP site.

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Feb 17, 2016    Introduction to the American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) Files

Description: The American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files show untabulated population and housing unit records with individual response information. For example, they show how respondents answered questions on educational attainment, occupation, place of work, housing value, and so forth. In this webinar, we will discuss foundational aspects of working with the ACS PUMS files, including the organization of the files, the confidentiality of the files, accessing the data, geographic availability, and the PUMS documentation.

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Apr 06, 2016    Using American Community Survey Estimates and Margins of Error

Description: Margins of error (MOE) are provided for every American Community Survey (ACS) estimate. This webinar will explain MOEs and why they are important. The webinar also will cover how to use MOEs for statistical testing, how to approximate the MOE for an estimate, and how to locate online resources for further information.

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Jun 22, 2016    Using the Census API with the American Community Survey

Description: The Census Bureau Application Programming Interface (API) lets developers customize Census Bureau statistics into apps that provide users with access to publicly available datasets, including the American Community Survey (ACS). In this webinar, we will discuss how to access the API, identify ACS variables and geographies to build queries, and locate additional resources.

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Aug 25, 2016    Introduction to the American Community Survey

Description: Discover the detailed social, economic, and housing statistics that the American Community Survey (ACS) provides for every community every year. You will learn about basics of the yearly estimates and datasets produced from the ACS, resources available on our website (, and how to access ACS data products through a variety of tools, with special emphasis on American FactFinder.

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

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