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Registration Information

Next Offering: August 2021

Registration will open mid-summer. 

Course Resources

Success Guide: This 100% online course requires access to a computer, 10-15 hours a week, and your professional support network. 

Book List: 10 books are required in advance of starting this course. See the full course list here.

Scholarship Information

UAA in cooperation with PG&E are offering the UVM Scholarship Program.

For more information on the program 

Cancellation Policy

Written requests received prior to the course start date will be granted a full refund. Requests received within the first week of class will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted to requests received after the first week of classes. To receive a refund send a written request to




Course Information


This introductory course builds the foundational knowledge required to understand the many facets of the utility vegetation management industry. You will receive an introduction to the industry by exploring potential career paths, credentials, and the main purposes for utility vegetation management. You will receive an overview of the two key components within the industry: North American electrical systems and utility arboriculture. This course will provide the required introductory knowledge necessary for moving through the remaining courses in the UVM Program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) industry sector, career paths, and associated credentials.

  • Explain the North American electrical industry, its power grid network, and its relationship with the development of UVM program plans.

  • Explain utility arboriculture and tree biology (stressors, disorders, defense mechanisms, wound reaction) principles as they relate to UVM.

  • Assess tree risk and tree pruning practices as they relate to UVM.

  • Evaluate treatment control methods related to UVM.
  • Evaluate utility arboriculture principles as they relate to UVM.

Grading and CEUs

This course is graded. Participants will receive a letter grade (A-F) based on their performance.

We are seeking re-approval for 100 ISA CEUs for Utility Specialist, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist, and Aerial Lift as well as 100 SAF CEUs.


This 10-week course is 100% online using a combination of tutorials, discussions, and projects. All course work is delivered asynchronously, i.e. no set meeting times.

Participants can expect to spend 10+ hours per week completing the assigned tasks. 

Target Audience/Pre-requisites 

This course is designed for utility vegetation management professionals or individuals looking to expand on their professional experience to enter into utility vegetation management. Previous experience with utility vegetation management, arboriculture, or forestry is beneficial but not required.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.