Overall policy for the ESA's certification programs is set by the Governing Board, but operational decisions are managed by the elected Certification Board. The Certification Board oversees the certification program, sets certification standards, and promotes the recognition of BCEs and ACEs. The Certification Board consists of a Director, Past Director, Director-Elect, and a Representative from each Branch of the Entomological Society of America, two Ad Hoc positions, plus an ACE Representative. Each year the Director-Elect moves to the Director's position, and the Director moves to the Past-Director position. The Certification Board, which meets quarterly, also supervises a number of committees which perform many of the administrative functions of the programs.