Registration Information

Next Orientation: Jan. 2-7, 2024

Next Offering: Jan. 8 ​- Feb. 11, 2024

Registration ​Opens Soon!

Registration Deadline: December 29, 2023.​ 

​Cost: $600

Course Length: 5 weeks

Upcoming Course

Dates include pre-course orientation week:

  • ​Jan. 2 - Feb. 11, 2024 (Dec. 23 registration deadline)

  • April 1 - May 12, 2024 (March 25 registration deadline)

  • Aug. 12 - Sept. 22, 2024 (Aug. 9 registration deadline)

Scholarship Information

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

For more information on the program contact​.

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 the Wisconsin Forestry Center.​




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 overview of the  North American electrical systems and tie it to 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 North American electrical industry, its power grid network, and its relationship with the development of UVM program plans.
  • Examine the roles of regulatory agencies and UVM compliance requirements. 
  • Assess minimum vegetation clearance distances and minimum approach distances.

Grading and CEUs

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

We are seeking approval for 50 ISA CEUs for Utility Specialist, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Climber Specialist.  


This 5-week course is 100% online using a combination of modular readings, discussions, and projects. All course work is delivered asynchronously, i.e. no set meeting times.

Participants can expect to spend 8-10 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.

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