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. The fees are currently as follows and will reamin in effect until December 31st, 2013, at which time the new rates take effect (see below):
This fee includes your first year of certification, your online examination, as well as the processing of your application. If you become an ACE after October 1st of the current year, your application fee also includes the following year's certification.
Each year an ACE will be required to submit his/her renewal application with a copy of his/her current Pesticide Applicators license. Failure to submit this renewal in a timely fashion will result in the revocation of the ACE's certification status and the loss of all the rights and privileges associated with that certification. Reinstatement may require re-application to the program.
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.
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.
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 is unchanged for 2014 and the rules for retesting have not changed. 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.