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 WRITTEN Exams are scheduled for JANUARY 2018, at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ. Please use the LTE/LTCO Exam Application to apply. Once a final date has been approved, it will be posted HERE. Please check back regularly for the date of the written exams in January 2018. The LTE FIELD exam will return in the spring of 2018 when leaf cover is adequate.


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 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.