Texas Chapter ISA COVID-19 Updates

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Texas Department of Health Services Website

Jan. 20, 2021 update

Our nation, state and all of us in our communities face serious challenges from this global pandemic. ISAT is open for business and will keep on working hard to bring you the latest tree related information. Here are the latest Texas tree care related updates:

Check here for the latest effective openings from the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas – The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.  https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas

Crew Safety During COVID-19 from the Society of Commercial Arborists

And From ISA: ISA encourages our members and credential holders to use this time to continue your arboricultural education. Visit the ISA store to learn about ISA’s many educational products such as the Certified Arborist Study Guide, the Municipal Specialist Certification Study Guide, the Tree Climbers’ Guide, the Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide,  earn CEUs through the Collection of CEU Articles and so much more.

Your ISA Credentials:

For in-person certification exams, ISA has issued new exam guidelines beginning May 15, 2020. All exam candidates will receive these in writing once enrolled in an exam.  All in-person exams require a candidate to wear a face mask.  A person without a mask will not be permitted to sit for the exam.  The proctor and/or assistant will not be able to provide these for the test candidates.  Gloves can be worn but are not mandatory and must be disposed of at the conclusion of the exam in front of the proctor.  Hand sanitizer will be on site at the exam for all attendees. For questions regarding in-person exam guidelines, please contact Misti Perez at misti@isatexas.com  or Jesse Neumann, ISAT Certification Liaison at jesse.neumann@austintexas.gov. Select Pearson VUE testing centers offering computer based exams are open at 50% capacity as of May 1, 2020.  Pearson Vue requires a face mask be worn while testing per local government requirements for operation during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are unable to provide testing services to those without a face mask and will not be supplying face masks to candidates.  The situation is being closely monitored and the Texas Chapter will update here as we get information from ISA headquarters. Click here for more information

ISA Certification Holders with a certificate set to expire on 31 December 2020 will receive a complimentary extension until 29 April 2021 to meet the requirements to renew their certification(s).

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (ISA TRAQ) credential holders with an expiration date set within 31 December 2020 and 29 June 2021 will receive an extension until 30 June 2021 to renew their ISA TRAQ credential.  For more information: ISA COVID FAQ page

Practical Information For Individuals:

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