Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

Arboriculture Australia is pleased to announce that it offers the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) as an instructor-led credential that demonstrates professional knowledge in tree risk assessment through participation in a training course and passing its accompanying exam.

The TRAQ program offers tree care professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the fundamentals of tree risk assessment by learning a standardised, systematic process for assessing tree risk and providing information to tree owners and risk managers for making informed decisions that will promote the safety of people and property and enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. Through education and training, arborists will learn strategies to systematically identify and assess tree risk.

This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardised and systemic process for assessing tree risk.  The result of the tree risk assessment  can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health and longevity.

This international recognised qualification course comprises of a two-day education course followed by a ½ 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 you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.

 

Tree Biology and Mechanics:

Participants will learn how to assess wood structure, decay, 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 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 Categorisation

After learning the  tree and target factors that must be assessed, participants will combine likelihood of failure, likelihood of impact, consequences  of failure to derive risk rating. This rating helps the assessor communicate tree risk to clients and risk managers and allows comparison 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.

To be eligible 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 a college or university
  • A national certification or certificate in arboriculture (see a complete list in the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Application Guide)
  • ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) status
  • Licencing or Certification from an approved state/province program (see a complete list in the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Application Guide)
  • SAF Certified Forester

The qualified professional will:

  • be proficient with the fundamentals of limited-visual and basic tree risk assessment, as defined in ISA’s Best Management Practices: Tree Risk Assessment
  • understand the principles of advanced diagnostic techniques for assessing tree risk;
  • gather and synthesize information needed to assess tree risk; and
  • make reasoned judgments and recommendations for mitigating identified risk.

The qualification consists of a two-day educational course followed by a half-day assessment that includes both a written and a field component. You must attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification.

When applying to participate in a TRAQ event, applicants must agree to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Application Guide.

All course registrants will receive a copy of the Tree Risk Assessment Manual and a course workbook.

The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification is an international recognised qualification which 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 the TRAQ Renewal to maintain the qualification.

The TRAQ credential is valid for five (5) years from the date it is earned. A credential holder must take the renewal course and pass its exam every five years in order to renew the credential. Maintaining this qualification does not require CEUs; however, ISA certification holders will be offered 14.5 CEUs for attending the course.

The renewal course is an abbreviated version of the full course. The renewal is a one-day refresher with five hours of instruction and three hours to take the exam.

Current TRAQ holders can complete the abbreviated renewal course as early as 18 months prior to the expiration of their qualification. Upon passing the renewal exam, the expiration date will be adjusted to five years from the original expiration date. This means that if you pass the renewal exam four years into your credential, you will have six years until it expires. 

TRAQ holders who do not take the renewal course and exam before their expiration date will be required to retake the full TRAQ course and pass its exam to requalify.

Workshops and dates for 2020 courses will soon be announced for the following locations:

  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Victoria
  • Tasmania
  • Melbourne

Registrations for 2020 courses will be announced at the end of the current year, To register your interest and received advanced early bird entry email the events team now on  events@arboriculture.org.au

 

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