ACE Prep Course

Prep courses can help you prepare for the ACE Exam. You should view them as an enhancement to your training, not as a stand-alone way to prepare. A prep course alone will not prepare you for the ACE exam, but it is a great way to hone your focus.

Check here for upcoming ACE Prep Courses. If you are hosting an ACE Prep Course and would like it added, please send the details to

For each of the classes and courses cited below, please be aware that in almost every case you will need to register twice -- once with ESA to apply to become an ACE and once with the organization hosting the course.

Here is a list of upcoming courses:

- The Missouri Pest Management Association will host an ACE prep course and exam on November 13th in conjunction with their annual conference. Details online here.

- Texas A&M AgriLife Research will again host an ACE prep course and exam during the 69th Texas A&M University Urban Pest Management Conference and Workshop, January 7-9, 2015 in Bryan, TX. Details online here

Here is a list of BCEs who offer prep course instruction:

- Pest Elimination Strategies & Technologies, a business run by Allie Taisey, BCE can run ACE prep courses for your organization. Click here to contact Allie.

- BugWizzards, a business run by Laurie Jo Jensen, BCE holds regular ACE prep classes in the southern California area. Click here to contact Laurie Jo.


Training Materials:

Drs Mike Merchant, BCE (TAMU) and Bob Davis, BCE (BASF) have developed a series of PowerPoint slides that are available to approved instructors of an ACE prep course. The slides follow the course outline. A copy of the slides may be requested by emailing Dr. Merchant or Dr. Davis

Attention ACE Prep Course Instructors!
Instructors conducting ACE Preparatory Classes may apply for a stipend to help offset expenses incurred when serving as a course instructor. These expenses include, but are not limited to gas, hotel and meals. Stipend funding is limited to a maximum of $100 per course and is not intended as payment for an instructor’s time, is not guaranteed, and is limited based on the amount allocated through the Certification Corporation budget process each year. Stipend funding is only available to current BCEs or ACEs. All requests should be sent in writing to the Certification Manager at, and will be reviewed and approved by the Certification Board . The stipend amount will be based on anticipated or actual expenses incurred and may not cover all expenses. Instructors are encouraged to charge class participants a registration fee to cover the costs of conducting the prep course, including the instructor’s expenses.