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Course Registration Fee:

$850 (USD)*
*payment plans available

Next Offering:

October 2020




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.


This courses is graded. Participants will receive a letter grade based on their performance.


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 7-10 hours per week completing the assigned tasks. 

Target Audience/Pre-requisites 

This course is designed for utility vegetation management professionals or individuals looking to enter the field. Previous experience with utility vegetation management, arboriculture, or forestry is beneficial but not required.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Instructor Bio

Les Werner, Ph.D. is a Professor of Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  Dr. Werner teaches courses in arboriculture and landscape management, functional tree biology, and forest soils. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Before his appointment at UW-Stevens Point, Werner spent 18 years working as an independent logger, commercial arborist, and a municipal arborist.  

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