This comprehensive training program is designed and facilitated by industry professionals, who will lead you through the knowledge and skills needed to plan and manage sustainable utility vegetation management (UVM) program plans. This UVM certificate is earned by completing six, twelve-week
courses which are project-based and 100% online. Courses are designed to enhance
the understanding and application of industry's best practices
including safety, integrated vegetation management, environmental
stewardship, and sustainability.
The Utility Vegetation Management certificate program is designed for individuals working within the utility and arboricultural industries who wish to develop and enhance their knowledge and skills related to developing and implementing UVM programs. This program is a pathway for career development and advancement.
The program is comprised of six courses:
- Introduction to Utility Vegetation Management (UVM);
- UVM Program Management Fundamentals;
- UVM Compliance and Stakeholder Management;
- UVM Scope, Cost, and Procurement Management;
- UVM Safety, Risk, and Quality Management; and
- UVM Program Planning.
The courses are taken sequentially with the first course providing an overview of North American electrical systems and utility arboricultural principles. The second course builds a foundation of fundamental project and program management processes, along with an introduction to integrated vegetation management (IVM). The next three courses provide an in-depth and hands-on approach within the students' work environment to practice the program and project management processes necessary for developing successful UVM programs. The final course integrates all the previous knowledge and skills in a UVM program plan project.
Course Grading and Certificates
Each course is graded on an A to F scale. Individuals who obtain a "C" average, 75%, across all courses, will be awarded the Utility Vegetation Management Certificate of Completion from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Certificate holders are eligible to apply for the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) professional credential.
UVM Scholarship Program
Utility Arborist Association (UAA) in cooperation with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is proud to offer full-tuition scholarships for the Utility Vegetation Management Certificate Program. These scholarships, which cover tuition for all 6 UVM courses, are available to residents of California and its bordering states. To apply for a scholarship visit the UAA Scholarship Page.
Questions regarding the scholarship and eligibility can be directed to email@example.com.
These courses uses readings from this Book List that will need to be purchased in advance of starting the first course.