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 the stakeholders for advanced certificate-based programs, ISA has expanded its training and credentialing opportunities to include qualifications. Learn more about the difference between a certification and qualification.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
What is the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)?
TRAQ is an ISA qualification program that trains arborists how to use the methodologies outlined in the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity
How do I Obtain 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 course, applicants must agree to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Application Guide.
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®
- ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
- A degree in arboriculture, urban forestry, traditional forestry, or horticulture that is part of a national qualifications framework or is from a college or university.
- A national certification or certificate in arboriculture (see a complete list in the TRAQ application guide)
- ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) status
- Licensing or Certification from an approved state/province program (see a complete list in the TRAQ application guide)
- SAF Certified Forester
If you would like us to consider any other credential, contact ISA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the Course Objectives?
The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
Which Areas of Study Does the TRAQ Course Include
- Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment
- Levels of Assessment
- Target Assessment
- Site Assessment
- Tree Biology and Mechanics
- Tree Inspection and Assessment
- Data Analysis and Risk Categorization
How Long Is my Qualification Valid?
The TRAQ credential is valid for five (5) years from the date it is earned. A credential holder is required to take the TRAQ Renewal Course and pass the exam every five (5) years in order to renew the credential. No CEUs are needed to maintain this qualification. ISA certification holders will be offered 14.5 CEUs for attending the full course and 5 CEUs for attending the Renewal Course.
How Does Someone Renew the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification?
The TRAQ Renewal Course is a one-day refresher, with five hours of instruction, and three hours to take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the abbreviated course as early as four years into their qualification.
You may complete the TRAQ Renewal Course as early as one year prior to your qualification expiration date. Once you have successfully passed the requirements, you will be given 5 years from the date of your previous expiration allowing you to take full advantage of the 5 year period granted with the credential.
How Do I Apply for a TRAQ Course in my Area?
For courses that are co-hosted by ISA, all participants are required to register online or by phone. For courses hosted solely by a Chapter or Associate Organization instructions will be provided for each event. View TRAQ Courses for current course offerings.
Course materials will be shipped to participants three weeks prior to the course.
What are the Course Fees?
For TRAQ courses that are co-hosted by ISA and a local Chapter or Associate Organization, the participants fees are:
- ISA Member $625
- Non ISA Member $750
- Exam Retake $150
- ISA Member $220
- Non ISA Member $260
- Exam Retake $150
Pricing may vary by course and host. To find the price for a specific course, go to the Schedule of ISA TRAQ Courses , click the course date you are interested in, and follow the links to the registration information.
What if I have the TRACE Credential?
If you held the TRACE credential, you have been transferred into the ISA TRAQ program and your expiration date was carried over. Transferees have been provided with program information and a TRAQ certificate. TRACE transferees must take the full course before they are eligible for the Renewal Course.
How Do I Find Out More Information About TRAQ?
For other questions pertaining to the TRAQ qualification or renewal course review the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Application Guide or email email@example.com