ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) programme provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge on the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardised and systematic process of assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can help tree owners and risk managers make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health and longevity. Participants will learn:

Tree Biology and Mechanics

  • How to assess wood structure, decay and tree mechanics, and evaluate how likely these wood structure, decay and tree mechanics would lead to tree or tree part failure.
  • How to identify and assess defects and conditions that may affect the likelihood of failure.

Tree Inspection and Assessment

  • 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.
  • How to assess the site factors that may influence the likelihood of a failure.

Data Analysis and Risk Categorisation

  • How to derive a risk rating by combining information - likelihood of a failure, likelihood of impact, and consequences of the failure. This rating helps the assessor to communicate tree risk to clients and risk managers and allows for comparison between trees.

Risk Reporting

  • How to communicate tree risk to clients, in both written and verbal reports.
  • Key components to include in a report after a tree risk assessment is completed.

Course Format

    There will be a two (2) day educational course, followed by a half (0.5) day assessment that includes a written and field test. The course prepares participants to take the TRAQ assessment. Participants are required to attend and complete the assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. 

    • Day 1 & Day 2: 9.00am to 5.30pm (training)
    • Day 3: 9.00am to 1.00pm (assessment)

    Methodology

    • Lecture/Classroom Based
    • Site Visits/Field Study
    • Assessments/Exams

    Pre-requisites

    • ISA Certified Arborist
    • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
    • An arboriculture or urban forestry degree that is part of a national qualification framework or is from a college or university that is accredited or recognised under a system that is substantially similar to accreditation 

    Professional Development Units

    Professional Certification

    CEUs/CPDs

    ISA Certified Arborist

    14

    Certified Practising Horticulturist

    14

    Course Fees

    Full course fees: $2,000 + $140 (7% GST) = $2,140

    Full course fees for non-company sponsored and foreign participants: $2,000 + $140 (7% GST) = $2,140

    Fees include the provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment. Terms and conditions apply. 

    Funding

    Course Fee Subsidies and Absentee Payroll Funding are available for employers sponsoring their employees who are either a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident to attend Professional Certification Programme offered by CUGE. CUGE is an SSG-appointed Continuing Education & Training (CET) Centre. Refer here for more info on the funding.

    Absentee Payroll Funding

    Absentee Payroll Funding is a grant to help employers defray the manpower costs incurred when they send their employees for certifiable skills training during office hours. Companies arerequired to submit their applications for the grant through the SkillsConnect portal here

    Course Fee Subsidy

    Companies sponsoring their employees (Singapore Citizen/ PR only) are eligible for SDF subsidy and must apply for the subsidy via SkillsConnect at least five days before the course.

    Funding policy has been revised with effect from 1 October 2015. Please note that only participants who have achieved at least 75% of attendance in training and passed the assessment will be eligible for funding. The subsidised fees listed below are indicative and subject to changes depending on the companies’ criteria. Companies sponsoring their employees have to pay the full course fee and claim the funding by themselves upon receipt of the passed assessment notification.  You may refer to the link here for more details of the revised funding policy. 

    Category of SDF Funding Criteria

    Subsidised
    Course Fee

    Nett Subsidised
    Course Fee
    with 7% GST

    For Non-SMEs sponsoring Singaporean or PR

     

     

    Singaporean <40 and PR

    $1,790

    $1,930

    Singaporean >=40 years old

    $1,300

    $1,440

    Singaporean ≥ 35 years old and earning ≤ $2,000/month

    $1,258

    $1,398

     

    For SMEs sponsoring Singaporean or PR

     

     

    Singaporean and PR

    $1,300

    $1,440

    Singaporean ≥ 35 years old and earning ≤ $2,000/month

    $1,258

    $1,398

    For Self-paying Singaporean or PR

     

     

    Singaporean <40 and PR

    $1,790

    $1,930

    Singaporean >=40 years old

    $1,300

    $1,440

    Singaporean ≥ 35 years old and earning ≤ $2,000/month

    $1,258

    $1,398

     

     


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