The next LTE/LTCO WRITTEN Exams are scheduled for FEBRUARY 7, 2018, at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ. Please use the LTE/LTCO Exam Application to apply. The LTE FIELD exam will return in the spring of 2018 when leaf cover is adequate.


The Deadline for Business Registrations 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 will be charged to a business that files for a registration on or after January 1, 2018.


The Board of Tree Experts at its July 12, 2017 meeting approved a process to determine Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Reciprocity, based on a developed LTE Reciprocity Checklist.

To be considered for LTE Reciprocity, applicants should:

  - Review the LTE Reciprocity Checklist to make sure that the required points total is achieved.
  - Complete the License by Reciprocity form.
  - Submit the License by Reciprocity form along with documentation to support the points total for LTE Reciprocity.
  - Submit the required fee for the Board's evaluation.

Also approved at the July 12, 2017 meeting, was a Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Written Exam Exemption. A total of 13 points or more on the LTE Reciprocity Checklist exempts an individual from the written portion of the Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) exam, pending the Board's approval of the submitted documentation. However, the field portion of the LTE exam must still be taken and passed

Applicants may download the LTE Reciprocity Checklist here, or on our Resources and Documents page. Be sure and visit our Licensing page for more information.


The Board of Tree Experts votes at its July 12th 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 form to apply for the LTCO and include a copy of the certificates of both credentials as evidence. Remember to include the application fee too.


The Board of Tree Experts votes at its June 20th meeting that the ISA Certified Arborist (CA) is equivalent to the Licensed Tree Care Operator (LTCO). Use the License by Reciprocity form 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.