The ISA Certification Program has led the way as a credentialing body in the arboricultural industry for many years. In order
to meet the needs of the profession and respond to the demands of our stakeholders, we are now exploring new opportunities with
qualifications. ISA is looking to expand training and credentialing opportunities with this new initiative. Qualifications, much like certifications,
promote professional development and help set you apart from the competition. But when thinking about which credential is essential
to your career, it is important to understand the difference between a certification and qualification.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
The first Qualification that ISA will launch is the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). This new qualification was developed with the help of an international panel of experts and is scheduled to roll out March 2013.
TRAQ is a new ISA program that was originally started by the Pacific Northwest Chapter called TRACE that ISA has now taken under the credentialing umbrella and modified to follow the methodologies outlined in the ISA Best Management Practice for Tree Risk Assessment.
Obtaining the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
The qualification consists of a 2-day educational course followed by a ½ 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.
When applying to participate in a TRAQ event, applicants must agree to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment
To be eligible to register for the course and take the exam, you must have earned one of the following credentials:
- ISA Certified Arborist or ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
- European Tree Worker, European Tree Technician, Fachagrarwirt Baumpflege
- AHC30810 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Australia), NZ National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)
- United Kingdom Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Arboriculture
- Connecticut, Louisiana, and Rhode Island Arborist Licenses, Maryland Tree Experts, Massachusetts Certified Arborist, New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, New Hampshire Arborists Association Certified Arborist
- SAF Certified Forester
- An arboriculture or urban forestry degree that is part of a national qualifications framework or is from a college or university that is accredited or recognized under a system that is substantially similar to accreditation.
- TRACE or TRAQ
If you would like us to consider any other credential, contact ISA at firstname.lastname@example.org
The course includes Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and Risk Reporting.
The TRAQ credential is valid for five (5) years from the date it is earned. A credential holder is required to retake the course and pass the exam every five years in order to renew the credential. No CEUs are needed to maintain this qualification. CEUs will be offered to current ISA certification holders for attending the course as it is an educational event.
For events that are co-hosted by ISA and a local Chapter or Associate Organization, the participant fees are:
|Non ISA Member
For TRAQ events hosted solely by a Chapter or Associate Organization, the host has the authority to set course fees at their own discretion. Because of this, course prices are likely to vary between events.
Applying for the TRAQ Course
The course is anticipated to be available all over the world with ISA Chapters having the opportunity to be the first to offer it. Course dates and locations will be based on chapter willingness to host, geographic distribution, trainer availability, and industry demand. Course offerings will be listed on the ISA Events Calendar as they become available as well as this section of the website.
TRACE credential transfer into the new ISA program
For events that are Co-hosted by ISA, all participants are required to submit an application and must register online or by phone. For events hosted solely by a Chapter or Associate Organizations instructions will be provided for each event. Available TRAQ courses will be listed on the ISA website.
If you held the TRACE credential, you have been transferred into the new ISA TRAQ program and your current expiration date has been carried over. ISA will provide all transferees with new program information and a certificate.
Additional TRAQ information
A separate process is in place for TRACE credential holders in British Columbia. Information on that process is available on the TRACE to TRAQ page.
For other questions pertaining to the TRAQ qualification review the Participant Common Questions and the Tree Risk Assessment
Candidate Handbook or email email@example.com.