On April 17, 2017, the State of New Jersey passed the “Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act.” People have until June 16, 2017 to comply with the new regulations.
The act creates two new license categories for people doing tree work in the state of New Jersey: “licensed tree care operator” (L.T.C.O.) and “licensed tree expert” (L.T.E.).
Every company performing tree work in N.J. must have at least one employee who is licensed. In order to receive a license, people must meet certain minimum qualifications and then pass an exam. To see the necessary qualifications, please visit this page at njtreeexperts.org.
People with the L.T.C.O. license can perform the following work: tree pruning, tree removal, stump grinding, stump removal, brush cutting, and brush removal.
People with an L.T.E. license will be able to perform all the work of an L.T.C.O. plus fertilization, tree establishment, consulting, diagnosis, treatment of diseases, cabling and bracing, tree management during site development, and tree assessment.
Please note that this new licensing requirement comes with a continuing education requirement. Every licensed person must complete 32 credits of continuing education every two years. One credit equals one hour of an approved course.
Rutgers has several courses that provide these credits. To see all of our tree courses, please click here.