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Texas Discovery Gardens 
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Dallas 75210

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Eugene Gehring 
Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 


 Your Instructor

Skip Kincaid

Skip Kincaid is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (MW-0155BM) with over 30 years of urban forestry, arboriculture, and forestry experience. He provides governments, businesses, utilities, attorneys, architects, and engineers with the performance of tree risk assessments; tree appraisals/forensics; storm damage assessment projects; tree preservation plans on construction sites; urban forestry master plans; ordinance writing; and expert witness testimony.

Skip currently holds positions as the Executive Director of the ISA Southern Chapter and the Director of Urban Forestry for Hansen’s Tree Service & Environmental Wood Resources in O’Fallon, Missouri and provides a wide range of consulting services.

Skip served for four years on the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) panel of experts that developed the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) and has taught the 2 day course over 60 times. His expertise is utilized by attorneys as an expert witness and he has testified at depositions and trials in many states.


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ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) – Fair Park, Dallas, Texas 


This Class is Full

Please email gene@isatexas to be on a waiting list if someone cancels. If there is enough interest there may be another course in July.


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 http://www.isa-arbor.com/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Certification-Applications/TRAQ-App-Guide.pdf. Please review this document before applying for an event.

14.5 Continuing education units available

Course Pricing

ISA member: $675.00 USD
Non-member: $775.00 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

If an ISA TRAQ registrant cancels before ISA sends training materials, the registrant will get a full refund. The ship date is April 15.

 If an ISA TRAQ registrant cancels after the ship date (4/15), the registrant will get a refund minus $50 USD for the materials.

Please note we will work with you as much as possible as we do not want you to attend if you have tested positive for COVID or have come into contact with someone who tested positive within 2 weeks of the course.  Cancellation requests must be emailed to gene@isatexas.com. Please do not just be a "No Show".


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

If you hold a credential or have completed a program of study that is not listed above, go to https://www.isa-arbor.com/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Certification/TRAQ-Eligibility-Appeal.pdffor 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 thehttps://www.isa-arbor.com/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Certification/Accommodations-Request.pdf and submit it to qual@isa-arbor.com. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of a determination.

Confirmation Packet:


You will receive a confirmation packet with a letter containing the date and time of the course and the name of the appropriate contact person. Confirmation packets are shipped three weeks prior to the date the course begins.

Confirmation packets will be shipped using UPS to the address provided on the personal information registration page. Please provide a physical shipping address (not PO Box).

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

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