History of the Current Certified Tree Expert Program
In 1940, the State authorized the creation of the NJ Board of Tree Experts to develop a professional examination for individuals with arboriculture knowledge and background. The Board has been awarding the Certified Tree Expert (CTE) credential since that time and it is the only credential recognized by the State for those individuals working in the tree care industry. This certification is voluntary, not mandatory and the Board has found that those individuals that take and pass the test are among the most knowledgeable and ethical arborists in the state. Because of the qualifications and integrity of Certified Tree Experts, it is unlawful to promote or advertise yourself as being certified if you do not hold the CTE credential. Violators can be fined $1,000 for each infraction.