TRAQ LogoTree 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. Approved for 14.5 ISA CEUs.

When applying to participate in a TRAQ event, applicants must agree to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Application Guide.


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.

This course will cover:

  • Tree Biology and Mechanic-s
  • Tree Inspection and Assessment
  • Data Analysis
  • Risk Categorization
  • Risk Reporting

TRAQ Renewal Program

The TRAQ renewal course is an abbreviated version of the full course. The renewal is a one-day refresher with five hours of instruction and three hours to take the exam. Approved for 5 ISA CEUs.

Current TRAQ holders can complete the abbreviated renewal course as early as 18 months prior to the expiration of their qualification. Upon passing the renewal exam, the expiration date will be adjusted to five years from the original expiration date. This means that if you pass the renewal exam four years into your credential, you will have six years until it expires.

TRAQ Program & Renewal Schedule

NYSA is hosting TRAQ courses for renewal and certification in November at Planting Fields Arboretum Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Please use the links below for more information and to register for the course:

TRAQ Renewal: November 17

TRAQ Program: November 18-20
*The TRAQ Course is currently full, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the waiting list.

Please see ISA's list of FAQs for more information regarding the extension of your qualification.

Covid-19 Note:
We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for preventing the spread of COVID-19. In choosing to attend an ISA TRAQ event, candidates are required and agree to comply with the health and safety guidelines included at: ISA TRAQ Health and Safety Guidelines.

TRAQ Program Testimonial

Having TRAQ has enabled me to use consistent language and an accepted rating system for determining a trees risk to homeowners and the community. Using a legally validated form for every tree makes prioritizing simple and documents residual risks, re-inspection intervals and so on. This covers you if anything goes wrong.

It’s also been tremendously useful for my clients in persuading their neighbors to remove dead and risky trees. Documenting risk on a form/matrix that uses the same language as insurance companies and lawyers is invaluable if ever in a court situation.

Also, the course itself was very instructional. Even as a Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA), I learned new information that has changed the way I look at trees. I’ve always leaned towards saving trees rather than removing and this course provided me with a bit more balance.

Jeremy Sayers, BCMA
The Tree Doctor Consulting
Clarence, NY
NYSA Past President