Selecting A Proctor

Selecting a proctor is an important step in a person's journey to become certified. The proctor needs to be a person of high ethical standing whose commitment to excellence and the science of entomology is above reproach.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to locate a proctor, though ESA HQ can assist on occasion. First choice for a proctor should always be a BCE. All proctor choices must be reviewed and approved by ESA HQ.

The proctor's job is that of monitor. They do not work for ESA but have agreed to serve as our administrator. Essentially the proctor receives the instructions for the examination on behalf of the applicant, provides the computer and internet line for the applicant's exam, and ensures that the applicant abides by the guidelines for taking the examination.

The Certification Board has set the following guidelines for selecting a proctor for BCE Examinations.

Finding a Proctor:

BCE applicants select their own proctor, using the criteria below. If you are unsuccessful in locating your own proctor, contact bce@entsoc.org and ESA can assist. Once you have chosen a proctor, communicate that information to bce@entsoc.org. To select a proctor, consider the following:

  1. Ideally the proctor would be a Board Certified Entomologist (click here to see the roster).
  2. If no BCE is available within the applicant's geographic region, then a member of the Entomological Society would also be a good candidate.
  3. If the applicant does not live or work near a BCE or an ESA member, then a college professor, extension agent, or some other “community leader” would be acceptable in such a circumstance.
  4. At this point in time, the Certification Board is not willing to accept an ACE as a proctor.

The Proctor's Job:
The proctor's job is that of monitor. They do not work for ESA but have agreed to serve as our administrator.

Essentially the proctor receives the instructions for the examination on behalf of the applicant, provides the computer and internet line for the applicant's exam, and ensures that the applicant abides by the guidelines for taking the examination.

The instructions are sent the week prior to the exam (usually on a Thursday).

The online examination can take place anywhere that is of mutual convenience to the applicant and proctor, but usually it occurs in the proctor's place of employment on a computer supplied by the proctor.

Other factors that you may want to consider in selecting a proctor are to ensure that:

  • Their computer has a reliable internet connection. The online examinations are optimized for Internet Explorer version 5.0 and higher,
  • Their location is one that you can access conveniently,
  • Their location does not offer extraneous distractions that would inconvenience you during your examination.

If you have trouble locating a proctor, please contact bce@entsoc.org and one will be chosen for you.

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