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Next Course Start: January 2024


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Certificate Description

This applied, comprehensive professional training program is designed and facilitated by industry professionals, who  will lead you through the application of additional knowledge and skills to plan and manage sustainable utility vegetation management (UVM) programs. The UVM Professional Certificate is composed of 3 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 regulation compliance, stakeholder communications, budgeting, procurement processing, risk assessment, and safety program management within sustainable utility corridor planning.  

Target Audience

The UVM Professional Certificate program is designed for utility foresters within the utility and arboricultural industry who can apply coursework in their current work situation or with a close UVM mentorship partner.  To develop and enhance their knowledge and skills related to developing and implementing UVM programs, participants with need access to policies and documents within their current workplaces so a letter of support from your employer or mentor is strongly encouraged. This program is a pathway for career development and advancement.

UVM Professional Certificate Overview

The Certificate is comprised of a series of 3, 10-week courses: 

  1.   UVM Compliance and Stakeholder Management;
  2.   UVM Scope, Cost, and Procurement Management;
  3.   UVM Safety, Risk, and Quality 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 or UVM Professional 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 UVM Professional 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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