This introductory course provides an overview of utility arboriculture and tree biology. Course participants will explore tree risk assessment, tree pruning practices, and treatment control methods as they relate to utility vegetation management (UVM). It builds the foundational knowledge required to understand the many facets of the utility vegetation management industry for moving through the remaining courses in the program.
- 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.
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 coursework is delivered asynchronously, i.e. no set meeting times.
Participants can expect to spend 8-10 hours per week completing the assigned tasks.
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.
Pre-requisite: successful completion of North American Electrical Systems