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Professional Vegetation Managers Association Certification (PVMA) -formerly IVMAA 

The PVMA's mission is to provide vegetation management industries, related agencies and the public with communication and educational opportunities in the area of industrial vegetation management.

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The Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta (IVMAA) was officially formed in 1978 in response to rapidly increasing public concern over environmental issues and a fast growing number of stakeholders in the industry. Originally formed to provide a collective method of problem solving, the IVMAA has since evolved to take a more proactive approach to vegetation management issues.

The PVMA takes a proactive approach to vegetation management issues by:

  • Consulting with government on regulatory issues
  • Developing operating standards
  • Delivering safety, environment and other training programs
  • Communicating information to its members

PVMA members include representatives from:

  • Vegetation management contractors
  • Electric power transmission
  • Oil and gas exploration and production
  • Municipal governments
  • Pipeline
  • Railway
  • Transportation
  • Forestry
  • Chemical companies

 For more information on the PVMA, visit:  Professional Vegetation Management 

Continuing Education


STEPS REQUIRED to Apply for Certification as a Utility Tree Worker or Utility Tree Trimmer in Alberta:

  1.  PRIOR to taking the 2 week Certification Course at Olds College-  Officially log six (6) months of related work experience in tree and brush work around power lines. 
  2.  Successful completion of the Utility Tree Worker/Utility Tree Trimmer Safety Training Course at Olds College
  3.  After completing the required number of supervised work experience hours, make application to the IVMAA for certification:
    • Utility Tree Worker Certificate:  1200 hours experience, documented in an IVMAA Log Book, performing tree work near energized power lines under the supervision of a certified Utility Tree Worker or certified Utility Tree Trimmer.
    • Utility Tree Trimmer Certificate: 1200 hours experience, documented in an IVMAA Log Book, performing tree work near energized power lines under the supervision of a certified Utility Tree Worker or certified Utility Tree Trimmer, including 600 hours of aerial trimming near energized power lines under the supervision of a certified Utility Tree Trimmer.

PVMA Application for Certification Fee:  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PVMA WEBSITE 

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