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ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal Online Course with Don Picker, Feb 20, 2022

Updated: Dec 23, 2022

ISA is adding a new training and examination modality available for current ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (ISA TRAQ) credential holders who are eligible to renew their credential. This new modality - TRAQ Renewal Online - allows eligible credential holders to renew their credential, by successfully completing both training and examination requirements, from the convenience of their own home/location.

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).

*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 July 2024, you may now apply this renewal course.

Training events will be held in an online environment and those who meet training requirements (candidates must attend at least 80% of the online training course) will receive access to schedule their written exam and submit their performance based assessment.

Requirements for TRAQ Renewal Online and Importance Notes:

  • Ability to view Zoom Meetings/Webinars PC/Mac/Tablet with Web Cam (the instructor and facilitator must be able to see you on camera)

  • PC/Mac/Tablet with Microphone

  • Attend the online training course

  • After you meet the training requirements for the online course:

    • You will receive an email confirmation with a link to schedule your written exam through Pearson VUE. * Your name at registration must match what is on your government-issued ID that will be needed on the day scheduled for the written exam.

    • This confirmation will also contain the link to submit your performance based exam.

    • You will have a 90-day period to complete and submit both written and performance based exams.

For more information about the TRAQ Renewal Online program, please read the information sheet here.

Course date and time: 20 Feb 2023, 9:00-15:45

Time schedule might vary but plan for a full day of instruction.

Instructor: Don Picker

With over 40 years in the arboriculture industry, Don Picker is regularly hosting international training programs, conference events, and performing research projects. He continues to perform large-scale tree assessment projects, consultations, and specialized training in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Japan, and other Asian locations as a TRAQ Instructor, Tree Worker-Climber Specialist, and Utility Arborist Specialist.

In 2012 Picker received the ISA True Professional in Arboriculture Award. He served as the chair of the ISA International Safety Committee from 2007-2011 and led a study of worldwide international safety practices with Dr. John Ball. Picker was the coordinator of the translation of Tree Climbers’ Guide; Chinese First Edition (樹木攀爬者指南:中文第一版) and now spends half of the year in Asia and Europe and the other half in Minnesota. Cost:

Early bird, pay before Dec 28, 23:59.

HK$2,700 for ISA Member

HK$3,100 for Non-member

Pay before deadline Jan 18, 2023

HK$3,000 for ISA Member

HK$3,400 for Non-member


Please deposit to our bank account via (ATM) / internet banking, email the bank pay-in slip or transaction record plus application form to

Our bank account: Hang Seng Bank 789-314119-001 (ISA Hong Kong Chapter Ltd).

For international applicants, ISA Hong Kong Chapter will contact you about the payment shortly after receiving your applicaiton.

Registration Form:Download here

Registration Deadline: Jan 18, 2023

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 Materials: Digital study materials will be provided to candidates around 3 weeks before the course.

Course Content

  • 1-day online training course: Around 5 hours of instruction

*Candidates should schedule their own written exam (100 multiple-choice question exam) and submit their performance based assessment.

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, including the Tree Worker 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


Certification Committee

ISA Hong Kong Chapter

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