The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible to take the NJ Licensed Tree Expert examination:

The licensed application fee and completed LTE/LTCO Exam Application, including three letters of recommendation, must be received by the Board office prior to the posted deadline.

Any verification documents specifically requested by the board must be received by the board no later than two weeks prior to the date of the examination.

A candidate for the examination must meet the following qualifications. He/she must be:

  • a person 18 years of age or older; a person of good moral character;
  • provide three (3) letters of reference from professionals in the field of arboriculture or in a closely related field, who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate's work and moral character;
  • a graduate of a four-year college with a degree in forestry, arboriculture, ornamental horticulture, botany, nursery production, plant biology, plant physiology, ecology, horticulture, environmental planning and design, landscape architecture, natural resources, or the equivalent (as determined by the Board of Tree Experts) and one year of continuous employment in the practice of arboriculture for one year or,
  • a person who has been continuously employed in the practice of arboriculture for at least three years immediately preceding the date of his/her test application or
  • a person who has completed two years of college, with passing grades in at least three college courses related to arboriculture, such as botany, soils, plant science, plant biology, plant pathology, plant physiology, entomology, forestry, natural resources, ecology, horticulture, plant propagation, landscape construction or dendrology and has been continuously employed in the practice of arboriculture for at least three years preceding the date of his/her test application.
  • Include the License Application Fee of $50.00 with the completed exam application.

The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible to take the NJ Licensed Tree Care Operators examination:

The license application fee and completed LTE/LTCO Exam Application, including three letters of recommendation, must be received by the Board office prior to the date of examination.

Any verification documents specifically requested by the board must be received by the board no later than two weeks prior to the date of the examination.

A candidate for the examination must meet the following qualifications. He/she must be:

  • a person 18 years of age or older; a person of good moral character;
  • provide three (3) letters of reference from professionals in the field of arboriculture or in a closely related field, who have first-hand knowledge of the candidate's work and moral character;
  • a graduate of a four-year college with a degree in forestry, arboriculture, ornamental horticulture, botany, nursery production, plant biology, plant physiology, ecology, horticulture, environmental planning and design, landscape architecture, natural resources, or the equivalent (as determined by the Board of Tree Experts) or,
  • a person who has been continuously employed in the practice of arboriculture for at least five years immediately preceding the date of his/her test application or
  • a person who has completed two years of college, with passing grades in at least three college courses related to arboriculture, such as botany, soils, plant science, plant biology, plant pathology, plant physiology, entomology, forestry, natural resources, ecology, horticulture, plant propagation, landscape construction or dendrology and has been continuously employed in the practice of arboriculture for at least three years preceding the date of his/her test application.
  • Include the License Application Fee of $50.00 with the completed exam application.