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 Extension Outreach Center works alongside professionals from the  RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), the RI Natural History Survey and the URI Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology 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:

  • RIDEM and CRMC Regulations
  • The Ecological Value of Vegetative Buffers
  • RI’s Native Plant Communities
  • Invasive Species Ecology
  • Landscape Site Assessment
  • Invasive Plant Control Method Overview
  • Plant Removal Techniques
  • Restorative Planting Considerations
  • Monitoring and Maintenance Strategies

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.


Invasive Plant Management Resources & FAQs

Certified Invasive Managers

Certification Training

Next Training:

July 20 and 21, 2016

Registration Fees:

  • $200.00*
*Registration includes breakfast, lunch and training materials. We will accept 25 registrants, so act quickly to secure your spot!

Recertification Sessions

Tuesday, August 23rd 9am – 11am FULL
Thursday, August 25th 5:30pm – 7:30pm 
Building 75 at URI East Farm