What is an ISA Certified Arborist?
An arborist by definition is an individual who is trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees. ISA arborist certification is a nongovernmental, voluntary process by which individuals can document their base of knowledge. Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation’s leading experts on tree care.
What is TRAQ? (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification)
Hazardous trees can lead to death or injury of climbing arborists and property owners. To address this issue, the ISA has created the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). TRAQ 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 information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
Through education and training the qualified professional will:
be proficient with the fundamentals of limited-visual and basic tree risk assessment, as defined in ISA Best Management Practices: Tree Risk Assessment;
understand the principles of advanced diagnostic techniques for assessing tree risk;
gather and synthesize information needed to assess tree risk; and
make reasoned judgments and recommendations for mitigating identified risk.
What do I do during our scheduled appointment?
We can either walk around together or I can walk around on my own to see your trees. Sometimes I need to climb to inspect but often we can observe a lot from the ground.
Tools I use include binoculars, diameter tape, sounding mallet and old fashioned reference books! I normally take a lot of notes and photos and encourage you do to the same.