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Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 



SkipSkip Kincaid
Senior Consulting Forester
Davey Tree Expert Company


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ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 

Join the Texas Chapter ISA for the new ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component. Your instructor will be Skip Kincaid, Senior Consulting Urban Forester with Davey Resource Group.

We are sorry, all 20 slots are now full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email John at jpg@isatexas.com

Course Information

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 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 followed by a 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.

By applying to participate in a TRAQ event, you are agreeing to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Candidate Handbook. Please review this document before applying for an event.

14.5 CEUs available

Course Pricing

ISA member: $625.00 USD
Non-member: $725.00 USD

Member pricing is an exclusive benefit to ISA/Texas Chapter members only. You must be a current ISA and Texas Chapter member at the time of registration. All others will be charged non-member registration rates.

Retaking the Examination

There is a $150 USD fee per retake up to one year from the original date that you took the course. Applications for retake must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for the scheduled course where you will retake your exam. You must phone the ISA Certification Department at +1-217-355-9411 to schedule a retake.


Cancellation Policy

A processing fee of $50 USD will be charged for all cancellations received on or before June 14, 2013. Cancellations after June 14, 2013, will be charged the full amount of the registration fee. Cancellation requests must be emailed to jpg@isatexas.com.


To be eligible to earn a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification you must hold or have held one of the following prerequisites. For non-ISA credentials, you will be asked to please submit a copy of a certificate, credential identification card, diploma, or similar documentation.
  • Current TRACE or TRAQ Holder registering to Re-qualify
  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA)
  • European Tree Worker
  • European Tree Technician
  • Fachagrarwirt Baumpflege
  • AHC30810 Certificate III in Arborciulture (Australia)
  • New Zealand National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)
  • Connecticut Arborist License
  • Louisiana Arborist License
  • Rhode Island Arborist License
  • Maryland Tree Expert
  • Massachusetts Certified Arborist
  • New Jersey Certified Tree Expert
  • New Hampshire Arborist Association Certified Arborist
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) Certified Forester
  • United Kingdom Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Arboriculture
  • Arboriculture or Urban Forestry degree that is part of a national qualifications framework or is from an accredited college or university
If you hold a credential or have completed a program of study that is not listed above, go to www.isa-arbor.com/certification/resources/cert_Cred_TRAQ_EligibilityAppeal.pdf for information on submitting an appeal. Please be aware that the appeals process could take several months.

Special Testing Accommodations Request:

If you have a special need and require an accommodation for a course, please complete the Special Accommodation Request Form and submit it to qual@isa-arbor.com. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of a determination.

Participants should bring:

  • 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 (included in your confirmation packet); the workbook is required to complete the course
  • Hard hat
  • High visibility vest, coat, or other hi-vis attire
  • Appropriate attire and footwear for both indoor and outdoor activities
  • Clipboard or hard surface to write on outdoors
  • Writing utensil(s), including at least one #2 pencil

Area Attractions and Accommodations

To learn more about attractions and accommodations in the Fort Worth area, please visit http://fwbg.org.