The Board of Tree Experts has announced the next three LTE and LTCO Exam Dates.
These dates will include the written exams for LTE and LTCO as well as the field exam for the LTE.
  • June 6, 2018 at Rutgers - deadline is May 21, 2018
  • July 25, 2018 at Rutgers - deadline is July 9, 2018
  • September 12, 2018 at Meadow Lakes - deadline is August 20, 2018

The Board of Tree Experts has announced openings for the position of Compliance Officer (click here to download job description).   Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to the Board of Tree Experts, 101 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527 by the deadline of May 29, 2018, to be considered.


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.


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 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 20, 2017 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.

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, and will end on: May 31, 2018.


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

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