Utility Vegetation Management Professional Development and Credential Programs

The Utility Arborist Association (UAA) and the Utility Vegetation Management Association (UVMA) worked with educators, utilities, contractors, consultants, and more to develop the Utility Vegetation Management Professional Development Program.

The industry now offers the Certified Utility Vegetation Management Professional credential to those who have demonstrated competency and work-related experience in utility vegetation management (UVM), commit to the code of ethics, and are members in good standing of the UAA. Competency is demonstrated through successful completion of the Utility Vegetation Management Certificate Program – 6 online college-level courses – developed by the industry and offered in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

UAA is pleased to announce the first 20 recipients now recognized by the industry as Certified UVM Professionals. Utilities across North America have recognized the value of this program and the new credential.  Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), for example, has committed over $3 million for scholarships.


Join us in serving the utility vegetation management industry by providing an elite professional development program, offering current and future industry leaders with opportunities for professional certification through higher education and advanced training and envision the new credential playing an important role in their program of the future.

Sponsors will help the UVM Professional Development Program do the following:

  1. Maintain the courses to ensure they remain relevant and current to today’s UVM industry.
  2. Create a website that provides essential resources to the industry.
  3. Develop awareness among those working in or desiring to work in the UVM industry.
  4. Promote the industry credential.

Sponsors will be recognized for their industry leadership.

1 Premier, non-exclusive sponsorship is offered for 1 -year at $12,500. A $20,000 option for a 2-year sponsorship with the first year being exclusive (i.e., only 1 contractor and only 1 utility)