ACE Application Process

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Becoming an ACE helps you stand out from the crowd. The application procedure is as follows:

  1. Applicant submits a completed application, a copy of their current pesticide applicator's license, a CV or resume, and the application fee. The applicant signs a statement agreeing to abide by the ACE Code of Ethics. Frequently the applicant will select a proctor at this time as well. ACE application in PDF format. NOTE: The application is individually-based and cannot be transferred to a colleague. All certification applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the desired test date.
  2. The completed application and supporting materials are forwarded to the Chair of the ACE Support Committee (or his designee) for review. Please allow a week for this process to be completed. Be advised that the reviewer may ask for additional information during this time.
  3. Once the review is completed, applicants have either been approved or denied as ACE applicants.
    (a) If approved, the applicant will be sent a letter of welcome to the program. From this date the applicant has one year to test.
    (b) If the application is denied then the applicant is eligible to receive half of their application fees. If they are reasonably close to the five year mark, then ESA may (at their discretion) hold the application in abeyance until the five years' of experience has been met.
  4. If not previously selected, the applicant now selects a proctor for his/her examination and, together with their proctor, selects a testing date. This information must be communicated back to the Certification Coordinator, who establishes access for the applicant to take the test(s).
  5. Once a test date is confirmed, the Certification Coordinator sends examination instructions to the proctor. The proctor coordinates with the applicant on the testing.
  6. The applicant takes the test(s) on the proctor's computer and, upon submission, is shown their score, though final verification of the scores is not complete until reviewed by the Chair of the Examination Committee. 75% is a passing score.
  7. The Chair of the Examination Committee contacts the applicant and welcomes them to the ACE program (if they passed) or offers suggestions on how to improve their score for the next test date. If re-testing is required, the test must be taken no sooner than 90 days, but no more than 365 days later, or else re-application to the program may be required. A retest form will be required and should be received by ESA a full 2 weeks prior to the exam. Click here for the ACE Retest form.
  8. Upon becoming an ACE, the applicant is now entitled to use the moniker “ACE” or “Associate Certified Entomologist” in all materials for themselves and company materials that reference the applicant.
  9. An ACE welcome kit will be mailed to the new ACE by the Certification Coordinator.

If you are ready to proceed, please submit all materials to the Certification Coordinator, at the address below:

ACE Program
Entomological Society of America
3 Park Place, Suite #307
Annapolis, MD 21401-3722
301-731-4535, x3012


In addition to the updated Content Outline and exam, there are two major recent changes to the ACE program:

  • APPLICATIONS will be valid for a 3-year period. Once approved, the ACE applicant will have 3 years to pass the exam. The applicant can take the exam as many times as needed within that three years (waiting between 3 and 12 months between attempts), but must pass prior to the expiration of the application. As soon as they pass the exam, they are ACE certified for the duration of the initial 3-year period.
  • RENEWALS will also be for 3 years. A CEU report will also be required with all renewals that documents a minimum of 18 CEUs earned during the prior 3 years. In order to allow our current ACEs time to document their CEUs, that aspect of the program will phase-in. In 2014 ACEs will have the option to renew for just 2014 or for 2014-2016. If the 3-year renewal is chosen, a CEU report will be due. Click here to renew.

This blog post discusses the changes in greater detail. and this post discusses how it impacts current and prospective ACEs in any stage of the process.