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)