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Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course

INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Mitchell

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 the 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 July 22, 2018 or when class is filled.
All payments are due by July 22, 2018.  Cancellation/refund requests must be submitted by July 22, 2018. All applications will be reviewed for approval. Your registration will be finalized via email.

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.


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.

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.
  • Monday, August 13–  8:00am-5:00pm Education Sessions(Indoors) with Lunch and 2 Breaks
  • Tuesday, August 14 –  8:00am-5:00pm Education Sessions (Indoors and Outdoors) with Lunch and 2 Breaks
  • Wednesday, August 15 –  8:00am-11:30am EXAM (written and performance based)

DoubleTree by Hilton
800 Harker St.
Port Huron, MI 48060

Rooms are available at the Doubletree by Hilton for a reduced rate of $99.00 plus tax.

  • Phone the hotel directly at 810-984-8000.  Please mention group code ARB.
  • Phone the reservation line at 1-855-610-TREE.  Please mention group code ARB.
  • Visit our web site at  In the field provided, enter group code ARB. 

  • Your government-issued photo ID
  • TRAQ Manual and Workbook
  • Hard hat and high-visibility vest or shirt
  • #2 pencils and clipboard for taking notes
  • 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.

To qualify to take the exam, you must complete all of the questions during the online course registration process.

Monday, August 13, 2018, 8:00 AM until Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 12:00 PM
Blue Water Convention Center
500 Thomas Edison Parkway
Port Huron, MI  48060

ISA Testing
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
Cancelations prior to July 13 will receive a refund. No refunds will be provided after July 13, however you can transfer your registration to a future course date.