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Phil Hardberger Urban Ecology Center 
8400 N.W. Military Highway
San Antonio, TX 78231

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John Giedraitis 
Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 



Skip Kincaid
Senior Consulting Forester
Davey Tree Expert Company

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ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) - San Antonio, Texas 

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.


Deadline to register is March 21, 2014


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 members only. You must be a current ISA 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 ISA to schedule a retake.


Cancellation Policy

A processing fee of $50 USD will be charged for all cancellations received on or before March 21, 2014. Cancellations after March 21, 2014, will be charged the full amount of the registration fee. Cancellation requests must be emailed to jpg@isatexas.com.



Applicants must have earned at least one of the following credentials to be eligible to take a TRAQ course: (For non-ISA credentials, you will be asked to please submit a copy of a certificate, credential identification card, diploma, or similar documentation.)

•  ISA Certified Arborist®
•  ISA Board Certified Master Arborist®
•  An arboriculture or urban forestry degree 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.
•  United Kingdom Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Arboriculture
•  AHC30810 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Australia)
•  New Zealand National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)
•  Fachagrarwirt Baumpflege
•  European Tree Worker
•  European Tree Technician
•  Society of American Foresters Certified Forester
•  Connecticut Arborist License
•  Louisiana Arborist License
•  Maryland Tree Expert
•  Massachusetts Certified Arborist
•  New Hampshire Arborists Association Certified Arborist
•  New Jersey Certified Tree Expert
•  Rhode Island Arborist License

If you hold a credential or have completed a program of study that is not listed above, go to http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/resources/cert_Cred_TRAQ_EligibilityAppeal.pdf for information on 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 San Antonio area, please visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/directory_hardberger.aspx.