TREE WORK EXEMPT UNDER EMERGENCY ORDER

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts with the cooperation of the NJ Arborists — ISA Chapter, the Committee for the Advancement of Arboriculture (CAA) and supportive legislators have received word from the Governor's Office that: Tree Care and Tree Work can continue under the Governor's Executive Order as long as tree care businesses and licensees follow social distancing recommendations.

While tree care and tree work can continue, it is the decision of the owner/operator/employer to work. If that decision is to work. Please make your business decision based on what is best for you, your family, your employees and customers.

If you plan on continuing operations, the Board of Tree Experts, as the regulated agency for tree care in New Jersey will insist that all Tree Care Businesses and Licensees shall practice social distancing during the time that the Governor's Executive Order is in place.

The Board of Tree Experts encourages all tree care businesses and licensees to go to the Tree Care Industry Association's website at TCIA.org and review under the Resources and Guidance section on how to deal with Coronavirus as tree care workers. From here you can find a link to the CDC website and get guidance from OSHA about the need for employers to implement work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE).

The Board of Tree Experts along with the NJ Arborists — ISA Chapter and the Committee for the Advancement of Arboriculture (CAA) want to see you and your family, your employees and customers safe and healthy. Please reach out to the Board at its email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone call: (732) 534-0982 should you have any question during this national crisis. The NJ Arborists ISA Chapter can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the CAA can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (732) 833-0325.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 104, implementing aggressive social distancing measures to mitigate further spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing around the evolving situation, and we're committed to being responsive and flexible, hoping that you and your families are staying safe in these unprecedented times.

The Board is prepared for remote work in the event of a state or national quarantine order. Due to restrictions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), our office is closed to the public until further notice.

For the fastest level of service, we strongly encourage you to visit our website and/or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you do plan on contacting The Board of Tree Experts over the phone, please know our staff will continue to work throughout this situation. Contact us at 732-534-0982, the Board staff is available Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, if you reach our voicemail, please leave a message and our staff will return your call within the next 24 hours. For your convenience, a drop box is available outside our office during regular business hours. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and other government agencies, so we can make ongoing assessments and consider ways to further support our industry and communities as needs unfold.

For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at cdc.gov or your local health department's website.


CONSUMERS: CHECK BEFORE YOU HIRE!

Click here for listings of non-registered tree care businesses.

Note to Consumers: Any business that provides tree care services for hire in the state of New Jersey shall be registered with the NJ Board of Tree Experts and have, in its employ, at least one full time Licensed Tree Expert or Licensed Tree Care Operator, depending on the services that are offered.

Please call the Board of Tree Experts to verify that a business is registered and licensed under the law. Call us at (732) 534-0982 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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

The April 1, 2020 exam has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus restrictions. As soon as we have been cleared to allow the public to access to our office, we will schedule new examination dates. When the restrictions are lifted the Board plans on providing multiple dates for the examination to be given. Please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail if you have any questions.

  • 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 License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version) or 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 License by Reciprocity Application (fill-in version) or 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