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Invasive Plant Management Certification Program (IPMCP)

Herbicide application demonstration, Canonchet Farm, Narragansett, RI, March 2010

Program Goal

The Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) 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. Training topics include:

  • 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

Professionals having completed the two-day training are recognized as Coastal Invasive Managers by the RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)*.

*Beginning in 2012 (and space permitting), those interested in attending the training but not earning certification will be able to register for a reduced fee of $150.

Invasive Plant identification workshop with Hope Leeson from the RI Natural History Survey, March 2010

Invasive Plant Management Certification Program, March 2010

Next Certification Training


Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

TIME: 9:00 - 4:00pm
LOCATION: Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences (CBLS, Room 152, URI Kingston Campus, Kingston, RI

  • Professional Certification: $200.00 includes training materials, two-year Certified Invasive Manager status, coffee/tea and lunch on both training days;
  • Professional NO Certification: $150.00 includes training materials, coffee/tea and lunch on both training days;
  • Volunteer/Nonprofit NO Certification: $100.00 includes coffee/tea and lunch on both training days.


Certified Invasive Manager Information

Certified Coastal Invasive Managers in Rhode Island are required to earn recertification credits every 2 years to maintain their certification status. Credits are earned by attending a recertification training scheduled twice yearly (usually in March and July) by the URI Outreach Center. Certified Coastal Invasive Managers are encouraged to avoid a lapse in their certification by attending recertification training BEFORE their certification expires.

Invasive Manager Recertification


Date: July 23rd, October 15th 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
-July 23rd in URI Pharmacy building in Kingston
-October 15th in Coastal Institute on URI Bay Campus in Narraganset

Questions? Contact Kate Venturini at or call 401.874.4096



What is a Certified Invasive Manager?
A certified Invasive Manager (IM) is a green industry professional conducting work in the coastal zone who has completed the 2-day CRMC Invasive Plant Management Certification Program and passed the take-home examination administered by the URI Outreach Center.

Certification is granted for a two-year period. Recertification is required to maintain Certified Coastal Invasive Manager status, and can be earned by attending a URI Outreach Center recertification session in July or January/February each year. It is the responsibility of the professional to maintain certification.

Click here for training materials

Trainees work in interdisciplinary teams to solve an invasive plant management problem,
March 2010

URI recommends that all green industry professionals conducting work in the coastal zone obtain a Pesticide Applicator (PAT) license through RI DEM. Please click the link for more information about the PAT core training schedule: DEM Pesticide Applicator Training

Who should become a Certified Invasive Manager?
- Landscape management business owners
- Landscape management crew foremen
- Landscape architects
- Landscape designers
- Land trust managers

Landscape Restoration


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RI Coastal Plant Guide

Resource Links

Partners / Sponsors


Contact Info for IPMCP:

Kate Venturini, Research Associate II
URI Outreach Center
3 East Alumni Ave
Kingston, RI 02881
p: 401.874.4096
f: 401.874.2259

Caitlin Chaffee, Coastal Policy Analyst
Coastal Resources Management Council
Stedman Government Center - Suite 3
4808 Tower Hill Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879-1900
p: 401.783.7350
f: 401.783.3767