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.
- 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.
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.