Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course
2102 East Hill Ave
Valdosta, GA 31601
November 30- December 2, 2022
14.5 CEUs Available
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2022
$625 - Georgia Arborist Association & ISA Member Rate
$665 - ISA Member Only Rate (not a member of the GAA)
$750 - Non-Member Rate (not a member of ISA or GAA)
If you are interested in becoming TRAQ qualified, please take some time to read the “ISA TRAQ Application Guide” available here - TRAQ-App-Guide.pdf . The guide will provide details about the application process and let you know what pre-requisites are required to apply for the credential.
The TRAQ course and credential provide 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.
Earning the qualification requires attendance at a 2-day educational course followed by a ½ day assessment that includes both a written and field exams. The first two days are typically 8am-5pm and the third day (exam day) is 8am-noon. It is required that you attend the entire course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification. Coffee and a light breakfast are typically included each day along with lunch the first two days. If overnight travel is needed you will need to make hotel reservations on your own.
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. Once registered, you will receive a course Manual and a Course Workbook that you can read and study to prepare for the course. It is strongly suggested that you read the materials prior to the course. Not all of the materials on the exams will be covered in detail in the classroom. The Manual and Workbook are essential parts of the learning process for this course.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Jimmy Walters: Certified Arborist since 1996. SC Registered Forester. 1971 graduate of Clemson University, BS Forestry. Retired with over 40 years’ service with SC Forestry Commission. Retired as Program Coordinator for Urban and Community Forestry in SC. Charter member of SC Urban and Community Forestry Council (now Trees SC). Board of Directors, SC Vegetation Management Association, active in the SC Green Industry Association. Past President, Southern Chapter ISA and member of Florida Chapter as well. Now operating an arboricultural consulting firm, Urban Forest Advisors, LLC. Skilled teacher and public speaker. Many classes and lectures on Hazard Tree Management (old terminology) and Tree Risk Assessment prior to TRAQ.
We have reserved a discounted hotel block for registrants at:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Valdosta West,
1330 St Augustine Rd, Valdosta, GA 31601
***Please reserve using our custom link to receive the discounted rate ($115/night plus applicable taxes & fees).
Make your reservation early - the discounted rate expires Monday, November 14th 2022***
Applicants for TRAQ courses must register 30 days prior to the session they plan to attend. These classes often fill up quickly since class size is limited. Register as early as possible to avoid missing the location you want!
The RENEWAL courses are only open to those who already have the TRAQ credential.
The FULL course is required for those qualified applicants that wish to earn the TRAQ credential.
Both FULL and RENEWAL classes provide the needed exams that must be passed to earn or renew the TRAQ credential.
Please bring your own hard hat and vest to the event
Please bring your government ID
Be sure to bring your course materials (this will be mailed to you by the ISA in advance)
***Cancellation & Refund Policy -
All cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event or no shows will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations made prior to the shipment of course materials are eligible for full refund. Cancellations made after the shipment of course materials, and more than 2 weeks ahead of the event will be eligible for a partial refund but registrant will be responsible for course material fees. All refunds are subject to credit card processing fees.