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.  


Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Field Examination Dates

  1. Wednesday - June 30, 2021 …………Deadline to apply June 23, 2021
  2. Wednesday - July 28, 2021 ………….Deadline to apply July 21, 2021
  3. Wednesday - August 25, 2021 ………Deadline to apply August 18, 2021
  4. Wednesday - September 29, 2021 …Deadline to apply September 22, 2021

Each examination will start at 9:00 am (weather permitting). Due to COVID-19, locations for the Field Examinations are to be determined but will be in the central New Jersey area.

Submit an LTE Examination application with the application fee and examination fee to the Board of Tree Experts office.

Please note which date of the exam you would prefer.


Examination Notice

Due to limited space and the COVID-19 restrictions all examination notifications will be emailed after exam application has been received and approved by the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts.


Exam Fees

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

LTCO Written Exam fee is $100.00
LTE Written Exam fee is $100.00
LTE Field Exam fee is $100.00

These fees are in addition to the license application fee of $50.00 submitted when applying to take an examination. Once the Board has qualified the individual to take the license examination from the exam application, that individual will be invoiced the exam fee(s) noted above and payment must be received prior to the examination date to sit for the exam. These fees were approved in the adopted rules of April 17, 2017 and are now being enforced.


TREE WORK EXEMPT UNDER EMERGENCY ORDER

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts with the cooperation of the NJ Arborists — ISA Chapter, the Committee for the Advancement of Arboriculture (CAA) and supportive legislators have received word from the Governor's Office that: Tree Care and Tree Work can continue under the Governor's Executive Order as long as tree care businesses and licensees follow social distancing recommendations.

For information on Governor Murphy's executive orders concerning the COVID-19 restrictions and openings go to: https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/.

While tree care and tree work can continue, it is the decision of the owner/operator/employer to work. If that decision is to work. Please make your business decision based on what is best for you, your family, your employees and customers.

If you plan on continuing operations, the Board of Tree Experts, as the regulated agency for tree care in New Jersey will insist that all Tree Care Businesses and Licensees shall practice social distancing during the time that the Governor's Executive Order is in place.

The Board of Tree Experts encourages all tree care businesses and licensees to go to the Tree Care Industry Association's website at TCIA.org and review under the Resources and Guidance section on how to deal with Coronavirus as tree care workers. From here you can find a link to the CDC website and get guidance from OSHA about the need for employers to implement work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Board of Tree Experts along with the NJ Arborists — ISA Chapter and the Committee for the Advancement of Arboriculture (CAA) want to see you and your family, your employees and customers safe and healthy. Please reach out to the Board at its email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone call: (732) 534-0982 should you have any question during this national crisis. The NJ Arborists ISA Chapter can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the CAA can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (732) 833-0325.

Download a PDF copy of this announcement.


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)


Quarantines

The NJ Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine for Mercer, Warren and Hunterdon counties to prevent the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly.  Under the quarantine, households and businesses that transport certain outdoor articles must obtain and fill out a checklist before moving any of the listed items. 

In addition to the checklist, businesses that routinely travel in and out of the quarantined counties have training requirements with which they must comply.  

All Tree Care Businesses and Licensees are required under N.J.A.C. 7:3A-2.16 to cooperate with quarantine restrictions. Registered Businesses and Licensees shall cooperate fully and adhere to all mandated restrictions. Any business or licensee that fails to cooperate or adhere to such restrictions shall be in violation of N.J.S.A. 45:15C-20 and subject to penalties under the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.

Some of the items on the list are:

  • Tarps
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Building materials (brick, block)
  • Trees, shrubs, plants
  • Tractors
  • Trailers

A copy of the full press release, including contact information at the NJ Department of Agriculture for questions, is available at: nj.gov