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TRAQ (ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification)

Waiting List Registration

The event registration form is designed to capture contact information for those interested in sitting for the new ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). This will result in a waiting list by region/area for us to better plan and schedule classes.

PNW-ISA expects to hold courses as interest dictates beginning in November 2013. Most courses are not anticipated until Fall 2013.

Please read the following information from the ISA website. Click here. If you have questions about the TRAQ program, please contact ISA at 888/ISA-TREE or cert@isa-arbor.com. If you have questions about the scheduling of classes in the PNW-ISA Chapter please contact PNW-ISA at 800/335-4391 or info@pnwisa.org.

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Tree Risk Assessment in Urban Areas and the Urban/Rural Interface

Given an agreement with the International Society of Arboriculture, this course is restricted to residents of British Columbia as ISA looks to launch a new Tree Risk Assessment Qualification program this spring. Thank you for your understanding.

Current Tree Risk Assessors.

We now have nearly 1600 PNW-ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessors.

About Tree Risk Assessment Courses


The Tree Risk Assessment course was developed in consultation with the Workersafe Compensation Board of British Columbia (WCB), British Columbia Hydro, Wildlife and Danger Tree Committee of British Columbia, and numerous reviewers around North America. The course is administered by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNW-ISA).

The Need

The need for the course was defined in British Columbia by a tree-caused fatality in 2000 which helped WCB focus attention on worker safety on golf courses and in urban areas. PNW-ISA approached WCB to explore ways to design and implement a training course for the assessment of trees in urban areas and in the urban/rural interface areas. These discussions resulted in a project, funded by WCB, PNW-ISA, and BC Hydro, to develop a completely new course and accreditation.

Who Created The Courses

The course design work was undertaken by Dr. Julian Dunster of Dunster & Associates Ltd. The effort involved several years of extensive research, testing, and review of the materials. In the summer of 2004, WorkSafe BC recognized the course and credential as an accepted industry standard in British Columbia. After a successful 2005 course launch in British Columbia, the course is now being offered in the Pacific Northwest.

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