CONSUMERS: CHECK BEFORE YOU HIRE!

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.


Examination Dates

LTE, LTCO Written Examination

  • April 1, 2020 in Jackson - application deadline March 25, 2020
  • May 6, 2020 in Jackson - application deadline April 23, 2020

LTE, LTCO Written Examination and LTE Field Examination

  • June 3, 2020 at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) - application deadline May 22, 2020
  • July 22, 2020 at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) - application deadline July 8, 2020

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.


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 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.


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 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.


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