Registration Information

Next Offering of 1st Course:     
April ​3, 2023

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2023


Contact the Wisconsin Forestry Center​ to receive notifications about upcoming courses.




Certificate Description

This introductory, comprehensive training program is designed and facilitated by industry professionals, who will lead you through the knowledge and skills fundamental to planning and managing sustainable utility vegetation management (UVM) program plans. This Foundations of UVM certificate is composed of 5 courses, is 100% online and can be completed in one year. Courses are designed to enhance the understanding and application of industry's best practices including safety, integrated vegetation management, project management, and sustainable utility corridor planning.  

Target Audience

The Foundations of UVM 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.

Foundations of UVM Certificate Overview

The Certificate is comprised of a series of 5 courses: 

1.   North American Electrical Systems 
2.   Utility Arboriculture 
3.   Leadership and Organizations 
4.   Program and Project Management 
5.   Integrated Vegetation Management 

Course Grading and Certificates

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Each course is graded on an A to F scale. Individuals who obtain at least a "C" average, 70%, in each course will be awarded a course certificate of completion from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

To earn the Foundations of UVM Certificate an average of 75% or higher must be obtained across all associated courses.

Students who complete the the Foundations of UVM Certificate, UVM Professional Certificate and the UVM Program Planning course 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 Foundations of UVM Certificate Program. These scholarships, which cover tuition for all UVM courses, are available to residents of California and its bordering states. To learn more about the scholarship program and for information on how to apply visit UVM Scholarships UAA Scholarship Page.

Questions regarding the scholarship and eligibility can be directed to

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