November 29 @ 8:00 am – December 1 @ 12:00 pm
Hotel Information: https://visitwaukesha.org/discover/visitor-center/
Course Location: Retzer Nature Center
Fen Business Meeting Space
S14W28167 Madison St.
Waukesha, WI 53188
Facility Info: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/retzernaturecenter
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Cost: $650 ISA or WAA member/ $750 Non-member
ABOUT THE COURSE
The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides 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. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course is a two-day educational course followed by a 1/2 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 that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. 14.5 CEUs.
Hosted by: The Wisconsin Arborist Association
Instructor: Mr. Don Roppolo
Don Roppolo is the Manager of Arboricultural Training for Davey Tree. He has been working in the tree care industry for over twenty-five years. During his career he has worked in the following capacities: taught arboriculture skills at universities and technical colleges, municipal forestry, arboricultural research, and for the past sixteen years has worked in commercial arboriculture. He holds a bachelor of science in Agriculture with an emphasis in urban forestry from Western Illinois University, and a master of science in Natural Resources with and emphasis in urban forestry from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
Tree Biology and Mechanics: Participants will learn how to assess wood structure, decay, and 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 a 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 Categorization: After learning the tree and target factors that must be assessed, participants will combine likelihood of failure, likelihood of impact, and consequences of failure to derive a risk rating. This rating helps the assessor communicate tree risk to clients and risk managers, and allows comparison of 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.
TREE RISK ASSESSMENT QUALIFICATION INFORMATION
The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification is valid for five years from the date the TRAQ exam is passed. The qualification holder is required to take the course and pass the exam every five
years in order to maintain the qualification.
To be able to register for the course and take the exam, you must have earned one of the
· 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 TRAQ
· ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA) status
· Licensing or Certification from an approved state/province program (see a complete
list in the TRAQ handbook)
· SAF Certified Forester
Day 1: Educational Session (8:00am – 5:00pm)
Module 1: Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment
Module 2: Levels of Assessment
Module 3: Target Assessment
Module 4: Site Assessment
Module 5: Tree Biology and Mechanics
Day 2: Educational Session (8:00am – 5:00pm)
Module 6: Tree Inspection and Assessment
Module 7: Data Analysis and Risk Categorization (indoors)
Module 7: Field Activity (outdoors)
Module 8: Mitigation
Module 9: Reporting
Review and Exam Information
Day 3: Exam (8:00am – 11:30am) Written exam
*Schedule subject to adjustment
Included in your registration:
– course registration
– exam fee
– the TRAQ renewal manual (shipped via UPS to the address you provide (No PO Boxes)
– Risk Assessment Clipboard (shipped via UPS to the address you provide (No PO Boxes)
– lunch, beverages and snacks for the day
Travel and lodging is on your own.
What is required to bring to the class:
– your government issued photo ID
– your TRAQ Manual (shipped via UPS to the address you provide)
– your TRAQ Workbook (shipped via UPS to the address you provide)
– your hard hat and high visibility vest or shirt (required)
– #2 pencils and your clipboard for taking notes and completing worksheets
– rain gear, including a large ziplock bag (just in case!)
– come prepared to spend part of the day outdoors
– please dress for your comfort level indoors and outdoors;
we cannot always control the room temperature to suit everyone
Special Testing Accommodations Requests:
If you have an accommodation request, please complete the Special Accommodations Request Form and submit it with your application. You may find the form online at
http://www.isa-arbor.com/Portals/0/Assets/PDF/Certification-Applications/TRAQ-App-Guide.pdf at the end of the TRAQ application guide. The process may take up to several months and may not allow enough time to attend this particular class.
READ REGISTRATION DISCLAIMER CAREFULLY BEFORE REGISTERING
WAA will retain a $50 cancellation fee for all cancellations before the deadline. No refunds will be issued after the registration deadline. Registrations cannot be transferred to another individual. If you are registered and cannot attend the workshop due to Covid – your registration can possibly be moved to a future WAA TRAQ Full Course. However, you may be responsible for additional expenses depending on when your cancellation was received by WAA. For registration questions, please e-mail email@example.com.
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