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Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course and Assessment with Don Picker, 23-25 Oct 2024

Updated: Jun 26

ISA Hong Kong Chapter has scheduled the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course and Assessment in Hong Kong on 23-25 October 2024. 

*This training and assessment is recognised by Study Sponsorship Scheme of the Urban Forestry Support Fund, with subsidy up to 70% of tuition fee.

For details:

Instructor - Mr. Don Picker

With more than 35 years of experience, Don has performed tree risk assessments in the U.S. since 1973 as well as in various locations throughout Asia since 2003. Most notably, Don has assessed thousands of trees in Hong Kong where he founded Asia Tree Preservation, Ltd. with his son, Jonathan. Don’s projects include the Shell Oil Asian-Pacific HQ in East Malaysian Borneo, the entire Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan, and various sites for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC.

In many cases following assessment Don also provides training and oversight to local workers who perform mitigation. Don is an ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist® and ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist®. In 2012 he was named an ISA Tree Professional in Arboriculture.

Date: 23-25 Oct 2024 (Wed-Fri), 2.5 days 

Time: 9am-6pm (23-24/10), 9am-12:30pm (25/10)

Venue: Unit 2, 13/F, Wah Yiu Ind Centre, 30-32 Au Pui Wan Street, Shatin

Max. Class size: 20 ppl 



Early bird, pay before 22 Aug 2024

HK$5,600 for current Chapter Professional Member + ISA member,

HK$5,800 for ISA Member;  

HK$6,600 for Non-member

Pay before 22 Sep 2024

HK$6,200 for current Chapter Professional Member + ISA member,

HK$6,400 for ISA Member;  

HK$7,200 for Non-member

Retake TRAQ Assessment:

Retake fee is $1,700 per each retake for up to one year from the original date of your exam.  Please email your original TRAQ assessment date and bank-in slip to  Applicant will be required to retake both the written and performance-based portions of the exam, even if you failed only one of them.  The retake assessment date is on 25 Oct 2024 (Fri), 9:00am at the venue.


Please deposit to our bank account, email the bank-in slip and application form to

Our bank account: Hang Seng Bank:  (Bank code 024) 789-314119-001 or FPS ID: 101827012,  (ISA Hong Kong Chapter Ltd.)

Application Form: Download here

Application Deadline: 22 Sep 2024 

Refund policy:

  • A full refund if the registration is not accepted or class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • After the application is submitted and approved by ISA, no refund would be given if the applicant could not attend the class due to personal reasons.

  • Registrations cannot be transferred to another individual. If you are registered and cannot attend the course - your registration can be moved to a future course. Administration fee of HK$500 may be charged for any changes of the application due to personal reasons.

TRAQ Study Packet: It will be sent by courier to your delivery address a few weeks prior to the assessment date.  Courier charge is at your own expense.

Course Content

The course content includes Levels of Assessment, Target Assessment, Site Assessment, Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, Mitigation, and Reporting.  

Qualification Period

The TRAQ qualification is valid for five (5) years from the date it is earned. A credential holder is required to take the course and pass the exam every five years in order to renew the credential. No CEUs are needed to maintain this qualification. ISA credential holders will be offered 14.5 CEUs for attending the course.

More information can be viewed at the ISA Headquarters website for TRAQ, including the following:

For enquiry, please contact us at 3757 8078 or

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