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Green Industry Web Portal
American Tree's Jim Paramore teaching the Urban Forestry Certification Program in Hoover.

The Green Industry Web Portal is a project to help Alabamians in the Appalachian Regional Commission to gain industry certification and state licenses to increase their knowledge base, ability to obtain employment and to legally operate a Green Industry business in  Alabama.

Urban Forestry Certification Program

 New UFCP Training Dates Coming Soon!


This is a great three-day, intensive class, taught by industry experts, that requires lots of effort and study time!

Includes an industry certificate awarded after passing exam.

The UFCP is an excellent first step toward other industry certifications including the ISA Certified Arborist and the Alabama Tree Surgery License.

Thanks to grant and foundation funding and industry support,

the program is No-cost for ALSDE Ag Teachers, $70 for current AUFA members and $95 for non-members.

CEUs for ISA, TCIA and RF are also awarded.


Start your UF Certification studies early by accessing the free videos at www.giwportal.org and contact fkapp@bellsouth.net for a free study guide.


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The GIW partners include the Appalachian Regional Commission, Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Department of Transportation, Tuskegee University, Alabama State Department of Education, Auburn University-Montgomery, Alabama Forestry Association, Professional Grounds Management Society, Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Greater Birmingham Association of Landscape Professionals, Daniel Foundation of Alabama and many industry suppliers, vendors and Green Industry companies.
Grant Results: during the grant period ending January 2017, over 3,500 high school Ag teachers and industry members attended live classes, over 1500 recertified ISA, Registered Forester, Forest Pest Control and other licenses, 600 plus gained an ISA, pesticide license or industry credential. The credentialed Ag teachers are now teaching the Urban Forestry and Landscape Management content to their students to encourage them into a Green Industry career.

If you would like to offer a location in the Alabama ARC for live training, or help sponsor or partner in our efforts, please contact Fred Kapp, Educational Director @ 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net and we will be happy to have your support!
Note: for more information about upcoming GIW Portal classes or to see the many Urban Forestry training videos, go to www.giwportal.org!

Counties in Alabama's Appalachian Regional Commission include:

Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, De Kalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston