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TRAQ Credential

 

Midwestern Chapter - ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course –Aberdeen, SD
Thursday, 15 December -Saturday, 17 December 2016
Visitor Center, Wylie Park
2300 24th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD  57401

Hosted by Midwest ISA
Event Website: CLICK HERE 
To Register: CLICK HERE 

 

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WHAT CAN TRAQ DO FOR ME?       

The most often asked question we hear as arborists is likely, “What’s wrong with my tree?” Once the question is asked, we employ all of our experience and skill to make an accurate diagnosis and then we suggest remedies to deal with the tree’s issues.  When you are asked the question, do have confidence to make an accurate diagnosis and prescription for treatment?  What is the one area of your expertise where your confidence may lag a bit? 

For many arborists, the area of tree risk assessment creates a bit of sweat as they try employ all of their experience and do the best they can.  Most of you are comfortable that you have the experience and knowledge about recognizing defects and how they impact the tree itself.  But the vast majority of arborists have told me that they simply lack confidence that they are performing tree risk assessment the right way.  Why this disconnect between knowing how to recognize defects and the low confidence to describe them to others and prescribe treatments that will reduce risk?

The item most lacking for arborists that perform tree risk assessment is a standardized process.  Arborists tell me that they are afraid they will miss some critical step in performing a tree inspection, or that they lack skills in passing along this information to their client.  Our industry recognized this need and has developed new standards that provide clear guidance for performing a tree risk assessment. The new standard is known as the “ANSI A300 (Part 9) Tree Risk Assessment”.  A companion guide, “Best Management Practices – Tree Risk Assessment” has been published by the International Society of Arboriculture to provide a clear interpretation of the new standard. 

In addition, ISA has developed the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) a new credential available to arborists.  The credential is a way to learn and display your skill as a tree risk assessor. While similar to a “certification” like the Certified Arborist or Utility Specialist certifications, TRAQ is a “qualification” that requires learning a skill through programmed instruction and then testing that learned skill.  There are no CEU’s with a qualification, just a renewal that is required after five years.

The single most important value of the TRAQ credential is that it provides a framework, or process, that is consistent with new standards.  Learning this framework provides confidence that you are performing a tree risk in a fashion that is similar to the way other skilled arborists are performing them.  Understanding the tree risk assessment process and earning the TRAQ credential will let others know that you understand the critical aspects of tree biology (recognizing defects and their potential), plus you understand the process that allows you follow a standardized process of making observations, recording those observations, and analyzing your data to assign risk ratings. Further, you will understand mitigation options that reduce risk to levels that are acceptable to your client.

Earning the TRAQ credential requires attending a class that is two and a half days long and passing a practical exam and a written exam.  Classes are typically promoted on Chapter websites and at the main ISA website as well. The Midwest Chapter has sponsored five TRAQ courses and more are in the works. There is an extensive list of pre-requisites prior to registration.  Visit the ISA website http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/becomequalified/becomequalified.aspx  to learn more about finding and registering for a class.

 

TRAQ has become the second largest ISA credential in terms of numbers of credentialed arborists. It continues to grow in popularity within the United States and abroad.   If you are an arborist comfortable with identifying tree defects and the potential of those defects, consider earning the TRAQ credential and gain the skills to perform tree risk assessment with confidence.  It’s a big commitment, but is well worth it!

 

Skip Kincaid

skipkincaid75@gmail.com

ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (MW-0155BM)

Chairman – Credentialing Council of International Society of Arboriculture

 


 

TRAQ Course Locations under Consideration 

The Midwestern Chapter has recently hosted TRAQ courses in the St. Louis, Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines areas and is considering future as we become aware of a sufficient critical mass of interested, local potential students. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have ideas on where and when we might arrange future training sessions.
 
TRAQ provides a protocol for assessing risk in individual trees and is designed to help provide our members and their clients with the best information for managing trees effectively and strategically.  It is a credential well-suited for municipal and production arborists, consultants, land managers, tree board members and other tree enthusiasts and advocates. 
 
TRAQ Arborist News Article


 

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About TRAQ 

TRAQ provides a protocol for assessing risk in individual trees and is designed to

help provide our members and their clients with the best information for

managing trees effectively and strategically.  It is a credential well-suited for

municipal and production arborists, consultants, land managers, tree board

members and other tree enthusiasts and advocates. 

 

Chapter TRAQ Workshops 

 

TRAQ Documents and Forms

Arborist News Magazine TRAQ Article

http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/resources/TRAQ_ANarticle.pdf

 

TRAQ Handbook

http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/resources/TRAQHandbook.pdf

 

Becoming Qualified

http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/becomeQualified/becomeQualified.aspx

 

Basic Tree Risk Assessment Form 

 

Fillable Basic Tree Risk Assessment Form