Invasive Plant Management Certification Program (IPMCP)

The rapid establishment of invasive plant species in Rhode Island remains a threat to native ecological biodiversity. Freedom from natural predators, high seed production, and affinity for disturbed habitat sites all contribute to the success of invasive species, leaving native species to struggle for space and resources. The Invasive Plant Management Certification Program (IPMCP) trains green industry professionals working in the coastal zone to provide sustainable invasive plant management services to clients, and to facilitate restoration of degraded coastal habitats.

The URI Outreach Center works alongside professionals from the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the New England Regional Water Program to gather information about techniques related to invasive plant eradication and management.

We conduct professional training programs that provide participants with working knowledge of the following topics:

  • CRMC Rules and Regulations
  • The Value of Vegetative Buffers
  • RI’s Natural Plant Communities
  • The Ecology of Invasive Species
  • Landscape Site Assessment
  • Invasive Plant Management Plan Development
  • Control Measure Selection and Plant Removal
  • Restorative Planting
  • Monitoring and Maintenance

Program participants will leave the program as a Certified Invasive Manager recognized by the CRMC. Certification is valid for two years, with the opportunity for recertification and continuing education through the Outreach Center. With the skills learned through the IPMCP, green industry professionals can contribute to habitat management, improvement, and restoration in Rhode Island coastal zones.


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Certified Invasive Managers

Certification Training

Next Training:

    July 22 and 23, 2015
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Recertification Sessions

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Registration Fees:

  • $80 professional recertification
  • $40 volunteer or nonprofit recertification

Next Training:

July 21, 2015

First Session:9:00-11:30 am.
Second Session:12:30-3:00 pm.