CEU TRACKING - KEEP YOUR DOCUMENTS!

It is important to keep records of the CEUs you earn, as this documentation must be submitted with your License Renewal Form.  The Board Office does NOT keep track of your CEUs!


Licensed Tree Care Operator (LTCO) Exam Dates:

LTCO (English)
August 31, 2022
September 28, 2022
October 26, 2022
November 30, 2022

LTCO (Spanish)
September 14, 2022
October 13, 2022
November 17, 2022

December 2022 dates to be determined.


NEW Self-Service Options

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts is pleased to now offer an expanded menu of online self-service options, through our secure online system. Please see the online self-service tab above and click on it to use this new feature to: register or renew your business, apply or renew a license, fill out a directory form, change contact information or request special ADA accommodations. For database support please contact our database administrator at (732) 534-0982 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during regular business hours.  


FEES

BIENNIAL BUSINESS RENEWALS

All companies whose business registration expires on September 14, 2022 will receive a Business Renewal form in August 2022. The deadline for submitting your renewal is September 14, 2022.

Business Renewal fee: $200.00
Late fee: $25.00 (after September 14, 2022)

BIENNIAL LICENSE RENEWALS

Both Licensed Tree Experts (LTE) and Licensed Tree Care Operators (LTCO) whose licenses expire on December 31, 2022 will receive either an LTE or LTCO renewal form at the end of October. The renewal requires documentation of 32 CEUs obtained over the last 2 years. The deadline for submitting your renewal is December 31, 2022.

License Renewal fee: $150.00
Late fee: $25.00 (after December 31, 2022)

EXAMS

As of April 13, 2018, the following fee requirements were put into effect by the Board of Tree Experts:

Exam Application fee: $50.00
LTCO Written Exam fee: $100.00
LTE Written Exam fee: $100.00
LTE Field Exam fee: $100.00

These fees were approved in the adopted rules of April 17, 2017 and are now being enforced.

Download a copy of the updated 2022 Renewal Fees information.


HIRING NJBTE Program Manager Position Available (part-time)

Download a copy of the job description.

If interested, please submit resumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CONSUMERS: CHECK BEFORE YOU HIRE!

Click here for listings of non-registered tree care businesses.

Note to Consumers: Any business that provides tree care services for hire in the state of New Jersey shall be registered with the NJ Board of Tree Experts and have, in its employ, at least one full time Licensed Tree Expert or Licensed Tree Care Operator, depending on the services that are offered.

Please call the Board of Tree Experts to verify that a business is registered and licensed under the law. Call us at (732) 534-0982 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

It is important to make sure that the company is qualified to do tree work and fully insured in case an accident happens. Incorrect tree work can predispose your trees to many future problems, including tree failure.  In addition, many homeowner policies will not cover injuries or damage done by an under-insured tree care contractor, which may leave the financial burden on the homeowner.

Click here to go directly to the Directory of Licensees and Businesses that are in compliance with the Law.


Late Business Registration

The Deadline for Business Registration was September 14, 2017. Please use the Business Registration Application to apply. Please note that the Board may issue civil penalties (click here for list) of up to $1000.00 for the first violation of 7:3A-9.6. for "engaging in the business of providing tree care services for hire in New Jersey without first registering with the Board." A late fee of $25.00 is charged to all businesses that file for a registration after January 1, 2018.


TCIA - License by Reciprocity

The Board of Tree Experts voted at July 12, 2017 meeting that, TCIA's Tree Care Safety Specialist AND Tree Care Specialist credentials together, are equivalent to the Licensed Tree Care Operator (LTCO). Use the License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version) or License by Reciprocity Application (static version) to apply for the LTCO and include a copy of the certificates of both credentials as evidence. Remember to include the application fee too.


ISA - License by Reciprocity

The Board of Tree Experts voted at its June 20, 2017 meeting that the ISA Certified Arborist (CA) is equivalent to the Licensed Tree Care Operator (LTCO). Use the License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version) or License by Reciprocity Application (static version) to apply for the LTCO and include a copy of your current CA certificate or CA card as evidence. Remember to include the application fee too.


Do You Need an Apprenticeship Program to Apply for a Public Works Certificate?

The Board's licensing law requires licensees to obtain 32 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in both ANSI A300 Tree Care Practice Standards and ANSI Z133 Safety Standards for Arborists, and registered tree care businesses must provide instruction and training in those standards. This training must be documented to the satisfaction of the Board to maintain an individual license and/or a business registration.

Because of these requirements to adhere to training to these Standards and Best Management Practices (BMPs) specifically designed for tree care services companies, in good standing with the Board and compliant with N.J.S.A. 45:15c-11 et. seq. would not need to participate in a registered apprenticeship program.

Prevailing Wage is only required on new construction, including landscaping, sidewalks or reconstruction, not tree removal, stump grinding or other tree maintenance.

You can download these three documents for verification when applying for a Public Works Certificate:

Apprenticeship Program Inquiry Letter
Prevailing Wage (2017)
Prevailing Wage (2003)


On Monday April 17, 2017, the New Jersey Register posted the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts' rules, setting standards for professional practices, qualifications for Licensed Tree Experts (LTEs) and Licensed Tree Care Operators (LTCOs) and the registering of tree care businesses. Click on the links below for a copy of the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Rule and the Certificate of Adoption and Promulgation.

NEW PHONE & FAX NUMBERS FOR THE NEW JERSEY BOARD OF TREE EXPERTS
Phone #: 732-534-0982
Fax #: 732-534-0983

You may also contact us by mailing correspondence to: Board of Tree Experts, 101 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please return to this website periodically, as new updates will occur daily. Updates to this site will contain the information, forms and instructions you will need to participate in the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Law and the newly adopted rules. 

Certificate of Adoption and Promulgation
Board of Tree Experts Adopted Rules
New Jersey Board of Tree Experts Press Release - April 19, 2017

  • The Act repeals the “Tree Expert Act” (1940) and provides a new licensing scheme for tree care providers.  It establishes the titles “Licensed Tree Expert” and “Licensed Tree Care Operator.”
  • The Act re-establishes a “Board of Tree Experts” in the DEP with increased membership from 3 to 9 members.
  • The Act establishes minimum qualifications to take the examinations and identifies specific tree services that each title can perform.
  • The Act requires that at least 1 person in each company hiring itself out to perform tree care services be licensed.
  • The Act requires minimum continuing education units be earned prior to re-issuance of the license.
  • The Act requires businesses provide instruction and training on safe use of equipment and safe working procedures at the work site and document this training to the board.
  • The Act requires tree care businesses to carry minimum levels of liability insurance and to provide proof they are adhering to workers compensation insurance rules.

The Tree Expert & Tree Care Operator Licensing Act was passed on January 16, 2010, to protect the public and make the tree care industry safer.

Download a PDF copy of the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.

Due to changes within the industry, including the workforce and machinery utilized, a need was identified to protect companies and consumers from avoidable accidents. The licensing legislation was proposed by industry groups and passed by the New Jersey legislature on January 16, 2010. The legislation is known as the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.

The Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act requires businesses performing tree care work to register with the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts, and to train their employees in the safe operation of equipment and the maintenance of a safe work area. This law allows the Board to identify and communicate directly to all companies doing tree care work and provide opportunities for worker safety information and materials to be disseminated. The training requirement will ensure that employees have regular safety instruction and bring about the reduction of injuries and fatalities to tree care workers.

Because tree pruning and removal is dangerous work, tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.

A Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) is a person who has been examined and proven to be competent in the science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing tree injuries. These professionals demonstrate high ethical and moral standards in the practice of tree care and are licensed by the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts. LTEs produce correct, long-term management techniques required in the science of tree care. Licensed Tree Experts must obtain continuing educational credits over their licensing period, thereby insuring LTEs are up-to-date on new information, skills and techniques in the tree care profession.

In 1940, the State of New Jersey authorized the creation of the Board of Tree Experts to develop a professional examination for individuals with arboriculture knowledge and background. The Board has been awarding the Certified Tree Expert (CTE) credential since that time and it was the only credential recognized by the State for those individuals working in the tree care industry. From 1940 to 2016, 640 individuals were certified as Tree Experts. This certification was voluntary, not mandatory and the Board had found that those individuals that take and pass the test were among the most knowledgeable and ethical arborists in the state. Because of the qualifications and integrity of Certified Tree Experts, it was unlawful to promote or advertise oneself as being certified if they did not hold the CTE credential.