Certification and TRAQ

Update March 22, 2021

All certification holders with a certification expiration date set for 31 December 2020 will receive an additional extraordinary and complimentary* extension until 28 June 2021 to meet all recertification requirements and complete the recertification process. 

The additional extension being given is complimentary and will allow impacted credential holders to earn CEUs and complete all their recertification requirements by 28 June 2021. No further extensions will be given to credential holders in this recertification cycle. Those who do not complete all recertification requirements, including payment of recertification fees, by the 28 June 2021 deadline will lose their expired ISA certification.

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. If you have questions, please contact ISA for more information.

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. For questions regarding cancelled/rescheduled exams, ISA has a list of COVID-19 FAQs,  here.

  • 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.
  • Wash your hands in the restroom upon arrival at the test site.
  • Review all World Health Organization signage upon arrival.

For questions regarding certification, TRAQ or in-person exam guidelines, please contact Misti Perez at misti@isatexas.com

Pearson VUE testing centers offering computer based certification exams are open for testing, some on a 24 hour basis.  You can find more information about Pearson Vue Center’s updated information throughout the world here.

For questions regarding certification information, review the arborist handbook here.  If you meet the pre-requisites listed in the handbook, fill out an application form here. ISA notifies you if your application is accepted via email, typically within a few days.  For eligibility questions, please call ISA directly at (678) 367-0981.  A Certified Arborist Study Guide for the exam can be found here.

To view computer based testing locations click here.  In order to schedule a computer based exam, you MUST submit your application and/or retake form to ISA. The testing vendor will not allow you to schedule an exam directly through them.

View Certification Exam Dates here