License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 7 states
33rd most burdensome licensing requirements
79th most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Tree trimmers cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks or utilities, or to improve appearance, health and value of trees.
In seven states, a license is required for tree trimmers. These states require one or two exams, and three have education and training requirements. Rhode Island costs aspiring tree trimmers 28 days, and Maryland requires three years of training -- two years of education and one year working in the field -- for a "tree expert" license. California requires tree trimmers to earn a specialty contractor's license, which requires four years of experience.