Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)


The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers 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 standardized, 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.


🌸Spring TRAQ Training in Urbana (Central IL)🌸
Date: June 7-9, 2022
Location: Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm Systems (ILEAS)
1701 E Main St. in Urbana, IL.  
Details: June 7: start 8am- 5pm
June 8: 8am-5pm
June 9: 8am-11:30am

*Registration Closed for the Spring TRAQ Course!

🍁Fall TRAQ Training in Zion (Northern IL)🍁
Date: October 4-6, 2022
Location: Zion Park District – 2600 Emmaus Ave, Zion IL 60099
Details: October 4: start 8am- 5pm
October 5: 8am-5pm
October 6: 8am-11:30am

*Classes are limited to the first 20 people to register.


Course and Assessment

Cost for Members is $625
Cost for Non-Members Is $750

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.

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

When applying to participate in a TRAQ event, applicants must agree to the terms, conditions, and policies.


The course content is based on ISA’s Tree Risk Assessment Manual and is divided into nine modules:

  1. Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment
  2. Levels of Assessment
  3. Target Assessment
  4. Site Assessment
  5. Tree Biology and Mechanics
  6. Tree Inspection and Assessment
  7. Data Analysis and Risk Categorization
  8. Mitigation
  9. Reporting

Who is eligible to apply for the TRAQ course?

IMPORTANT: Please check eligibility requirements PRIOR to registering.


Partially funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources