Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016
– Thursday, Oct 20, 2016
8:00am – 11:30am
The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification program provides an opportunity for individuals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. The course includes TRAQ Manual and Workbook, with lunches and breaks on full days.
This 3-day course and exam is open to interested parties who meet the prerequisites (see Tree Risk Assessment Candidate Handbook) and is limited to 20 arborists (first-come/first-served). The qualification consists of a 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification.
This qualification promotes the safety of people and property, and provides tree owners and risk managers with the necessary information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
Through education and training, arborists will learn strategies to systematically identify and assess tree risk. The qualified professional will:
- Comprehend teh fundamentals of limited-visual and basic tree risk assessment, as defined in the ISA Best Management Practices: Tree Risk Assessment;
- Understand the principles of advanced diagnostic techniques for assessing tree risk;
- Gather and synthesize information needed to assess tree risk; and
- Make reasoned judgments and recommendations for mitigating identified risk.
Registration closes on September 22, 2016 or when class is filled. All payments are due by September 22, 2016. Cancellation/refund requests must be submitted by September 15, 2016. All applications will be reviewed for approval. Your registration will be finalized via email.
What to do now:
1. Read the Tree Risk Assessment Candidate Handbook
Instructor: Michelle Mitchell
FEES (includes TRAQ Manual and Workbook, with lunches and breaks on full days)
$575 ISA/Chapter Member
$675 Non Member
What to bring to class:
1. Your government-issued photo ID
2. TRAQ Manual and Workbook
3. Hard hat and high-visibility vest or shirt
4. #2 pencils and clipboard for taking notes
5. Rain gear, including large zip-lock bag
Please dress for your comfort level indoors and outdoors; we cannot always control the room temperature to suit everyone. Come prepared to spend part of the day outdoors.
You will receive a confirmation packet from ISA in Champaign, IL containing a letter with the date and time of the course and the name of the appropriate contact person. The confirmation packet includes one copy each of the Tree Risk Assessment Manual and Tree Risk Assessment Workbook. Individuals taking a retake exam will not receive a new manual or workbook. No refunds or discounts are given if you already own the Tree Risk Assessment Manual. Confirmation packets will be shipped to the address provided on the personal information registration page. Please provide a physical shipping address.
To be announced.
- Monday, October 18
8:00am-5:00pm Education Sessions(Indoors) with Lunch and 2 Breaks
- Tuesday, October 19
8:00am-5:00pm Education Sessions (Indoors and Outdoors) with Lunch and 2 Breaks
- Wedneday, October 20
8:00am-11:30am EXAM (written and performance based)
PREREQUISITES: To earn the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) you must hold or have previously held one of the approved credentials as a prerequisite to take the course. Please see the list of eligible credentials below and indicate on the registraiton form which credentials pertain to you. Verficiation of relevant credentials must be provided with the application.
- ISA Certified Arborist. Provide Certification ID#
- ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. Provide Certification ID#
- ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualifed
- European Tree Worker
- European Tree Technician
- Fachagrarwirt Baumpflege
- AHC30810 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Australia)
- ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) status
- New Zealand National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)
- United Kingdom Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Arboriculture
- Connecticut Arborist License
- Louisiana Arborist License
- Rhode Island Arborist License
- Manitoba Arborist Training and Licensing Program
- Maryland Tree Expert
- Massachusetts Certified Arborist
- New Jersey Certified Tree Expert
- New Hampshire Arborists Association Certified Arborist
- Society of American Foresters (SAF) Certified Forester
- A degree in Arboriculture, Urban Forestry, traditional forestry, or horticulture that is part of a national qualifications framework or is from an accredited college or university that is accredited or recognized under a system that is substantially similar to accreditation.
If you hold a credential or have completed a program of study that is not listed above, go to
www.isa-arbor.com/certification/resources/cert_Cred_TRAQ_EligibilityAppeal.pdf for information on submitting an appeal. Please be aware that the appeals process could take several months.
Retaking the Examination
There is a $150 USD fee per retake up to one year from the original date that you took the course. Applications for retake must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for the scheduled course where you will retake your exam. You must phone ISA at 217-355-9411 to schedule a retake.
Special Testing Accommodations Request
If you have a special need and require an accommodation for a course, please complete the Special Accommodation Request Form. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of a determination.
City of Auburn Hills-DPW
Auburn Hills, MI, 48326