Registration Information

 Next Offering: ​Feb. 26 - Mar. 31, 2024

Registration Deadline: Feb. 14, 2024.

Registration must meet minimum enrollment requirements.

Cost: $600

Course Length: 5 weeks

Course Resources

Success GuideThis 100% online course requires access to a computer, 8-10 hours a week, and your professional support network. 

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Upcoming Courses

May 20 - June 23, 2024
(May 6, 2024 registration deadline)

Oct 7 - Nov. 10, 2024
(Sept. 23, 2024 registration deadline)

Scholarship Information

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

For more information on the program 

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 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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. 

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.

Pre-requisite: successful completion of North American Electrical Systems 

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