BCE Application Process
***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BCE CORE AND MED/VET EXAMS WILL BE UPDATED FOR ANY NEW EXAM TAKERS STARTING ON SEPT. 1, 2018. PLEASE VISIT THE RESPECTIVE PAGES FOR THOSE EXAMS FOR A LIST OF UPDATED STUDY REFERENCES.***
The BCE is the most respected professional credential in entomology and will help you stand out from the crowded field of colleagues. The application procedure is as follows:
- Apply. Fill out the PDF application and submit with all of the required materials. Be sure to select at least one specialty.
- Review. Your application will be reviewed by the Chair of the Examining Committee. You will hear within just a few days of receipt if your application was accepted or not.
- Select a proctor. This is the person who will administer the exams to you and to whom ESA will send your testing instructions.
- Schedule your exam. The tests must be taken within 365 days of making application.
- Take your exams.
Passing score is 70%. The Chair of the Examination Committee contacts the applicant and welcomes them to the BCE program (if they passed) or offers suggestions on how to improve their score for the next test date. If re-testing is required, the test must be taken no sooner than 30 days, but no more than 365 days later than you last attempt, or else re-application to the program may be required. Click here for the re-test application. If the applicant became a BCE in the first 3 quarters of the year (January 1 -- September 31) they will need to renew their certification annually, beginning with the next year. If the applicant successfully passed his or her exams in the fourth quarter of the year (October 1 -- December 31) fees for the following year will not be required and annual renewals will start one year later.
While most applicants apply for BCE-Full, there are two alternative options which modify the requirements. Click here to learn more about BCE-Intern and BCE-Administrative status.