Welcome to the Board of Tree Experts' new "mobile-friendly" website. Our new site will function well on mobile phones and other portable devices so remember to Bookmark us. This new site has all the information, forms and instructions of the old site — just better organized. An updated Licensee Directory has been added for your convenience. The Directory Search tab on the main menu will bring you to a page where you will be able to search for Licensed Tree Experts by name, LTE number or by county. The improved Directory contains contact information for the listed tree experts as well as the services they perform. The County Lists can be printed for one licensee or the entire county. Coming soon will be a search for Registered Tree Care Businesses and Licensed Tree Care Operators. We hope this new website will serve you well.
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."
The next LTE/LTCO Exams are scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ. Please use the LTE/LTCO Exam Application to apply. The deadline for applications to be received is September 18, 2017 by 4:00 pm.
The Board of Tree Experts at its July 12, 2017 meeting approved a process to determine Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Reciprocity, based on a developed LTE Reciprocity Checklist.
To be considered for LTE Reciprocity, applicants should:
- Review the LTE Reciprocity Checklist to make sure that the required points total is achieved.
- Complete the License by Reciprocity form.
- Submit the License by Reciprocity form along with documentation to support the points total for LTE Reciprocity.
- Submit the required fee for the Board's evaluation.
Also approved at the July 12, 2017 meeting, was a Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Written Exam Exemption. A total of 13 points or more on the LTE Reciprocity Checklist exempts an individual from the written portion of the Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) exam, pending the Board's approval of the submitted documentation. However, the field portion of the LTE exam must still be taken and passed
Applicants may download the LTE Reciprocity Checklist here, or on our Resources and Documents page. Be sure and visit our Licensing page for more information.
The Board of Tree Experts votes at its July 12th 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 deadline for ALL tree care businesses to be registered with the Board of Tree Experts has been extended 90 days from June 16, 2017 to Thursday, September 14, 2017. This action was taken during the June 20th meeting.
The Board of Tree Experts votes at its June 20th 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.
New Licensing Rules Adopted and Promulgated
On Monday April 17, 2017, the New Jersey Register posted the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts' rules, setting standards for professional practices, qualifications for Licensed Tree Experts (LTEs) and Licensed Tree Care Operators (LTCOs) and the registering of tree care businesses. Click on the links below for a copy of the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Rule and the Certificate of Adoption and Promulgation.
NEW PHONE & FAX NUMBERS FOR THE NEW JERSEY BOARD OF TREE EXPERTS
Phone #: 732-534-0982
Fax #: 732-534-0983
Please return to this website periodically, as new updates will occur daily. Updates to this site will contain the information, forms and instructions you will need to participate in the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Law and the newly adopted rules.
Overview of the Licensing Program
- The Act repeals the “Tree Expert Act” (1940) and provides a new licensing scheme for tree care providers. It establishes the titles “Licensed Tree Expert” and “Licensed Tree Care Operator.”
- The Act re-establishes a “Board of Tree Experts” in the DEP with increased membership from 3 to 9 members.
- The Act establishes minimum qualifications to take the examinations and identifies specific tree services that each title can perform.
- The Act requires that at least 1 person in each company hiring itself out to perform tree care services be licensed.
- The Act requires minimum continuing education units be earned prior to re-issuance of the license.
- The Act requires businesses provide instruction and training on safe use of equipment and safe working procedures at the work site and document this training to the board.
- The Act requires tree care businesses to carry minimum levels of liability insurance and to provide proof they are adhering to workers compensation insurance rules.
Tree Expert & Tree Care Operator Licensing Act
The Tree Expert & Tree Care Operator Licensing Act was passed on January 16, 2010, to protect the public and make the tree care industry safer.
Due to changes within the industry, including the workforce and machinery utilized, a need was identified to protect companies and consumers from avoidable accidents. The licensing legislation was proposed by industry groups and passed by the New Jersey legislature on January 16, 2010. The legislation is known as the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.
The Tree Expert and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act requires businesses performing tree care work to register with the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts, and to train their employees in the safe operation of equipment and the maintenance of a safe work area. This law allows the Board to identify and communicate directly to all companies doing tree care work and provide opportunities for worker safety information and materials to be disseminated. The training requirement will ensure that employees have regular safety instruction and bring about the reduction of injuries and fatalities to tree care workers.
Benefits of Hiring a Registered Business
Because tree pruning and removal is dangerous work, tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees.
A Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) is a person who has been examined and proven to be competent in the science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing tree injuries. These professionals demonstrate high ethical and moral standards in the practice of tree care and are licensed by the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts. LTEs produce correct, long-term management techniques required in the science of tree care. Licensed Tree Experts must obtain continuing educational credits over their licensing period, thereby insuring LTEs are up-to-date on new information, skills and techniques in the tree care profession.
History of the "Old" Certified Tree Expert Program
In 1940, the State of New Jersey authorized the creation of the 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 was the only credential recognized by the State for those individuals working in the tree care industry. From 1940 to 2016, 640 individuals were certified as Tree Experts. This certification was voluntary, not mandatory and the Board had found that those individuals that take and pass the test were among the most knowledgeable and ethical arborists in the state. Because of the qualifications and integrity of Certified Tree Experts, it was unlawful to promote or advertise oneself as being certified if they did not hold the CTE credential.
Starting April 17, 2017, with the adoption and promulgation of the Board of Tree Expert's Rules, full implementation of the 2010 Tree Expert and Tree Care Operator Licensing Act can occur. Current Certified Tree Experts in good standing with the Board will be converted to Licensed Tree Experts. The Board will start to Register Businesses and bring Tree Care Operators into the Licensing program as well.