Click here for a listing by county of Non-Compliant Businesses. These Businesses are not in compliance with the Law. It is now mandatory to hire a tree care business (In-State or Out-of-State) that is registered with the State Board of Tree Experts and has employed a Licensed Tree Expert or Licensed Tree Care Operator depending on the services they offer for hire. 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.


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:

LTE and LTCO Exam Dates

This exam includes the written exam for LTE and LTCO as well as the field exam for LTE.

  • September 12, 2018 at Meadow Lakes - deadline is August 20, 2018

The following dates are for written LTE and LTCO Exams only.

  • November 7, 2018 in Jackson - deadline October 19, 2018
  • December 5, 2018 in Jackson - deadline November 18, 2018
  • January 9, 2019 in Jackson - deadline December 21, 2018
  • February 6, 2019 in Jackson - deadline January 25, 2019

The deadline to use and apply for the Licensed Tree Care Operator's (LTCO) "grandfathering licensing" (7 years of experience) is APRIL 13, 2018. After April 12, 2018, the grace period for LTCO Licensing by grandfathering will expire and the Board of Tree Experts will no longer accept "LTCO grandfathering applications". An LTCO license can still be obtained by examination or through LTCO Reciprocity.

2018 License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version)
2018 License by Reciprocity Application (static version)

The Board of Tree Experts will start to implement on APRIL 13, 2018, the LTCO written exam fee of $100.00, the LTE written exam fee of $100.00, and the LTE field exam fee of $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.

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 votes at its 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 2018 License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version) or 2018 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.

The Board of Tree Experts votes at its June 20, 2017 meeting that the ISA Certified Arborist (CA) is equivalent to the Licensed Tree Care Operator (LTCO). Use the 2018 License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version) or 2018 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.

TCIA Alert

The Tree Care Industry Association is offering a discount on items that are useful for companies in New Jersey needing help with compliance with the new LTE/LTCO law.

  1. Illness & Injury Prevention Program — has a safety policy designed for the tree care industry.
  2. Tailgate Safety Manual — has individual safety training session for the tree care industry.
  3. Tree Care Academy — offers on-site training for credentialing with TCIA.

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts has a deadline of April 12th, 2018 for existing businesses with at least 7 years' experience to be "grandfathered" into the Licensed Tree Care Operator's (LTCO) program.

Once accepted, the business has 90 days to make and present their company safety plan to the Board, including proof of employee safety training courses.

TCIA is offering discounts on our training products to help your organization meet the requirements and ensure you keep your employees safe!

Additionally, the Tailgate Safety manual, the Illness & Injury Prevention Program, and the Tree Care Academy modules will help you meet the 32 hour CEU requirement for the LTCO program.

15% off for TCIA members | 10% off retail pricing

These discounts are only available to companies who operate in New Jersey.

You don't have to reinvent the wheel - let TCIA help you build your organization's safety program!

This offer is not available online.
Contact David Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling (603) 218-1255, to place your orders.

Illness and Injury Program Tailgate Safety Manual Tree Care Academy