Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Workshops

Where: Werklund Ag and Tech Center, Room 301, Olds College, Olds, Alberta

When: June 26-28, 2024 

Limited to 25 people 

Requires a minimum of 15 registrants by May 25, 2024 to proceed. 

Registration Closes May 25, 2024 or when the course is full. 

Course Instructor: William Fountain

Course Description 

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 people’s and property’s safety 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 course includes Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and Risk Reporting. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. 

The qualification consists of a 2-day educational course (8 am- 5 pm) followed by a ½ day assessment (8 am-12 Noon) that includes both written and field components. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment to receive this qualification.

Preparing for the Course – Before You Leave Home 

Thoroughly review the Tree Risk Assessment Manual and complete the preliminary work in the Tree Risk Assessment Workbook before attending the course. This will be shipped to you by UPS from ISA Main Office after May 25, 2024. 

Items to Bring 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 Workbook and your TRAQ clipboard also included in your confirmation packet 
  • • Writing utensil(s), including at least one #2 pencil 
  • • Appropriate attire for both indoor and outdoor activities 
  • • High-visibility vest, coat, or clothing 
  • • Hard hat 

Prerequisites for Tree Risk Assessment Qualification 

To be eligible to register for the course and take the exam, you must have earned one of the following credentials. 

For non-ISA credentials, please submit a copy of a certificate, credential identification card, diploma, or similar document. Copies should be emailed to: 

  • • ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified 
  • • ISA Certified Arborist® 
  • • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® 
  • • EAC — European Tree Worker 
  • • EAC — European Tree Technician 
  • • Fachagrarwirt Baumpflege 
  • • AHC30810 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Australia) 
  • • New Zealand National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4) 
  • • United Kingdom Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Arboriculture 
  • • Connecticut Arborist License 
  • • Louisiana Arborist License 
  • • Manitoba Arborist Training and Licensing Program 
  • • Maryland Tree Expert 
  • • Massachusetts Certified Arborist 
  • • Rhode Island Arborist License 
  • • New Jersey Certified Tree Expert 
  • • New Hampshire Arborists Association Certified Arborist 
  • • Society of American Foresters Certified Forester 
  • • ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) status or: 
  • • 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 that is accredited or recognized under a system that is substantially similar to accreditation. 

If you hold credentials or have completed a program of study that is not listed above, go to page 3 of the TRAQ Application Guide for information on submitting an appeal. Please be aware that the appeal process can take several weeks to complete. 


Cancellation: No cancellations will be accepted after May 25, 2024. 

TRAQ Kit: 

A TRAQ manual, workbook and clipboard will be shipped to all registrants from the ISA Main office approximately 3 weeks before the start of the course date. 

Please ensure you are providing a shipping address. The shipper will not deliver to a PO Box. 

Course Information: 

For more information on the course, go to the link below for the TRAQ Application Guide 


Refreshments and lunch are included with your registration for the two instructional days. 

Please be prepared to dress for outdoors. 

The field sessions will occur in rain, blizzard, or sunshine. 

Don’t forget your PPE. 

If you need to apply for a TRAQ exam retake only, you must contact or call +1 217.355.9411 


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