The ACE program is designed to benefit the practicing pest control professional. You do not need an advanced degree to participate, just a solid grasp of the practical aspects of applied entomology.
ACE applicants without a bachelor's degree (or higher) in entomology must have the following:
- A current, US state, US military, territory, or tribal-issued license or certificate that allows the holder to apply pesticides in an urban, industrial, or structural setting without supervision. This licensure must require continuing education to remain current (if the applicant’s state does not require ongoing education to hold a license then the applicant is automatically exempted from this portion of the requirements). Applicant must send a copy of this document to ESA's Certification Coordinator with completed application,
- A minimum of 7 years of verifiable pest management experience in the United States,
- The ability to take and pass an online test of your knowledge of structural pest control,
- The application fee, which includes your first year of certification and the online examination, and
- A willingness to adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics.
Important note: On October 21st, 2014, two changes to the above requirements will go into effect. More details on this can be found on the Certification blog:
- The "years of experience" requirement will change to five years instead of seven.
- Two full letters of recommendation will be required instead of simply submitting references. There is no length requirement, but the letters should be from professional colleagues, employers, employees, co-workers, industry professionals, or major clients and should speak to the applicant's professionalism, knowledge, training, and any other information which would support the applicant's ambition to become an ACE.
For those applicants who also hold an advanced degree in entomology or a related life science, the requirements are slightly different. A copy of the applicant's academic transcripts must accompany the application in order to claim the lower experiential requirements and all the other requirements remain the same.
- A bachelor's degree in entomology (or a related life science) reduces the the requirement to 3 years of verifiable pest management experience in the United States attained post-degree.
- A master's degree in entomology (or a related life science) reduces the the requirement to 2 years of verifiable pest management experience in the United States attained post-degree.
- A PhD in entomology (or a related life science) reduces the the requirement to 1 year of verifiable pest management experience in the United States attained post-degree.