ACE program fees are affordable and offer a solid value for the participants. The fees are set by the ESA Certification Corporation Governing Board as part of the annual budgeting process. Starting in 2014 ACE moves to a 3-year application and renewal program.
The application fee will cover up to three years of testing and certification. If the applicant passes their exam immediately, they are ACE certified until the end of the three-year period. If retesting is required, it must occur during the three-year period or the application expires (Please note that retesting must still occur within 1 year of the prior attempt).
A CEU report will be required with the renewal that documents continuing education. Throughout the 3-year period, an ACE will be required to maintain a state pesticide applicator's license and adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics. This will be audited.
This nominal fee is assessed in the case where an applicant does not pass the examination on the first attempt and needs to retake the test. The fee will be assessed each time that the test needs to be re-administered.