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 program plans. The certificates six, ten-week courses are project-based and 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 utility vegetation management (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 will be eligible to apply for the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) professional credential once it is fully developed.