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Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal Course and Assessment with Don Picker, 26 Oct 2024

Updated: Jun 26

The ISA TRAQ credential is valid for five years. To reinstate your qualification after each five-year period, you must retrain and retest through the ISA TRAQ Renewal programme. The ISA TRAQ Renewal program includes one-day of instruction and two examinations (written and performance based).

*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:

*You may complete the TRAQ Renewal Course or full course as early as 18 months prior to your expiration date. Once you have successfully passed the requirements, the new five-year qualification period will begin the day following the original expiration date rather than the date of passing the renewal course. This will allow you to take full advantage of the five-year qualification period.

If your TRAQ qualification is expiring before March 2026, you may now apply this renewal course.

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 ocations 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: 26 Oct 2024 (Sat)

Time: 9am - 6pm

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

Max. Class size: 30 ppl 


Early bird, pay before 25 Aug 2024

HK$2,700 for current Chapter Professional Member + ISA member,

HK$3,000 for ISA Member;  

HK$3,400 for Non-member

Pay before 25 Sep 2024

HK$3,000 for current Chapter Professional Member + ISA member,

HK$3,300 for ISA Member;  

HK$3,700 for Non-member

Retake TRAQ Assessment:

There is a HK$1,700 fee per 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 26 Oct 2024, 2:00pm at the venue.


Please deposit to our bank account, email the bank-in slip plus 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: 25 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.

CEUs Granted

5 CEUs will be granted for the instructional portion of the program. These CEUs can be applied to your ISA Certified Arborist® credential and/or ISA Certified Tree Climber credentials. For an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist®, 2 CEUs go to practice, 2 to management, and 1 to science.

For enquiry, please contact us at 37578078 or

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