The next LTE/LTCO WRITTEN Exams are scheduled for FEBRUARY 7, 2018, at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ. Please use the LTE/LTCO Exam Application to apply. The LTE FIELD exam will return in the spring of 2018 when leaf cover is adequate.

Deadline for the February 7, 2018 exam application is January 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM.


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 at the December 19, 2017 board meeting approved a process to determine Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Written Exam Reciprocity, based on a developed LTE Reciprocity Written Exemption Checklist.

As part of a planned review process, the NJ Board of Tree Experts has made the following changes to the Licensed Tree Expert reciprocity application process:

The Board will no longer grant reciprocity or exemption from the field portion of the Licensed Tree Expert exam. The former Reciprocity Checklist has been adjusted and is now to be called the Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) Written Exam Exemption Checklist. Applicants may use it to apply for exemption from the LTE written exam, but it has been determined no other credential or combination of credentials demonstrates the same proficiency in identifying trees and their conditions in this region, as the Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) field exam.

This does not affect those whom have already been granted reciprocity, and the Board will continue to monitor and possibly change its procedures in the future to responsibly effectuate the law.

To be considered for LTE Written Exam Reciprocity, applicants should:

  - Review the LTE Reciprocity Written Exam Exemption 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 Written Exam Exemption Reciprocity.
  - Submit the required fee for the Board's evaluation.

Applicants may download the LTE Reciprocity Written Exam 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 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.