ISA TRAQ Program

ISA cert logoISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Program
Thursday, November 15 - Saturday, November 17, 2108
Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY


Register online

Registration deadline: October 16

Registration fees:
♦ ISA/NYSA Member: $625
♦ Non Member: $750
♦ Exam Retake only $150
*Course registration fee includes workshop, the Tree Risk Assessment manual and TRAQ workbook, along with lunch and breaks during the two-day training.♦ Seating is limited!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: A processing fee of $50 USD will be charged for all cancellations received on or before October 16, 2018. Cancellations after the above cancellation dates, will be charged $125.00. Cancellation requests must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course is a two-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component. The course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.


Day 1: Educational Session (8:00am – 5:00pm)
Course Opening
Module 1: Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment
Break (15 min)
Module 2: Levels of Assessment
Module 3: Target Assessment
Lunch (1 hour)
Module 4: Site Assessment
Break (30 min)
Module 5: Tree Biology and Mechanics

Day 2: Educational Session (8:00am – 5:00pm)
Module 6: Tree Inspection and Assessment
Break (15 min)
Module 7: Data Analysis and Risk Categorization (indoors)
Module 7: Field Activity (outdoors)
Lunch (1 hour)
Module 8: Mitigation
Module 9: Reporting
Break (30 min)
Review and Exam Information

Day 3: Exam (8:00am – 11:30am)
Performance-based exam
Written exam

*Schedule subject to adjustment


Tree Biology and Mechanics:
Participants will learn how to assess wood structure, decay, and tree mechanics, and evaluate their impact on likelihood of tree or tree part failure. Participants will also learn how to identify and assess defects and conditions that may affect likelihood of failure.

Tree Inspection and Assessment:
Participants will learn about types of targets, assess the likelihood of a tree or tree part impacting a target, and estimate the consequences of tree or tree part failure. Participants will also learn how to assess site factors that may influence likelihood of failure.

Data Analysis and Risk Categorization:
After learning the tree and target factors that must be assessed, participants will combine likelihood of failure, likelihood of impact, and consequences of failure to derive a risk rating. This rating helps the assessor communicate tree risk to clients and risk managers, and allows comparison of risk levels between trees.

Risk Reporting:
Participants will learn skills for clearly communicating tree risk to clients, both in written and verbal reports. Participants will also learn about the key components that should be included in a report after completing a tree risk assessment.

The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification is valid for five years from the date the TRAQ exam is passed. The qualification holder is required to retake the course and pass the exam every five years in order to maintain the qualification.

To be able 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 an accredited college or university
• A national certification or certificate in arboriculture (see a complete list in the TRAQ handbook)
• ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist
• Licensing or Certification from an approved state/province program (see a complete list in the TRAQ handbook)
• SAF Certified Forester

Special Accommodations Requests:

If you have an accommodation request, please complete the Special Accommodations Request Form and submit it with your application. You may find the form online at

Applicants must submit registration and registration payment by the registration deadline. Onsite registration is not available.

If you need to apply for a TRAQ exam retake only, you must contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 217-355-9411.

By applying to participate in a TRAQ event, you are authorizing the ISA to make your registration and contact information available to the local chapter / associate association. You agree to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Application Guide. Please review this document before applying for an event.

You will receive the course materials a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of the TRAQ event as part of your registration.

Bring the following items with you to the event:
• A government-issued photo identification card,such as a driver’s license, passport, or military ID
• Tree Risk Assessment Manual (included in your confirmation packet)
• Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Clipboard (included in your confirmation packet)
• Writing utensil(s), including at least one #2 pencil
• Appropriate attire and footwear for both indoor and outdoor activities
• High-visibility vest, coat, or other hi-res attire
• Hard hat

Admission At the Event
To be admitted for the course, you must arrive at the course site 30 minutes before the course starts. The event host will check your government-issued photo ID and have you sign a check-in sheet. If you have not produced a photo ID by the exam day, you will not be allowed to sit for the exam.

Site Rules
• The exact time, date, and location of the course will be enclosed in your confirmation packet. You must be on time, as the course will begin promptly. Report to the event site at least 30 minutes before the course starts.
• Dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor activities. While every attempt is made to provide a comfortable classroom atmosphere, heating or cooling systems may not function properly. Outdoor weather conditions may vary.
• Visitors are not allowed into the training or exam.

Please feel free to contact NYSA at 518-694-5507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.