Plant-Related Entomology Specialty Exam

To become a BCE specializing in Plant-related entomology, you must pass the qualifying exam as well as this specialty exam.

You must have applied and been accepted into the BCE program prior to taking this exam. After you have been accepted into the program, confirm with your proctor a date when you are ready to take the exam and inform the ESA Certification Coordinator by email to The Coordinator will e-mail instructions one week prior to the scheduled test date to you and your proctor.   If your exam date changes please notify the Certification Coordinator at your earliest convenience.

This exam is administered through paper examination, and will be emailed to your proctor. You will take the examination at his/her location, and the proctor will email/scan/fax the examination back to the ESA Certification Coordinator at the completion of the test. 

Recommended Study Materials

Destructive and Useful Insects 5th Edition, by R.L. Metcalf and R.A. Metcalf, 1993

Insect Pests of Farms, Garden and Orchards, by R. Davidson and W. Lyon, 1987 (8th Edition or newer)

Introduction to Insect Pest Management, R. L. Metcalf and W. H. Luckman, 1994

An Introduction to the Study of Insects, 6th Edition, by Borror, Triplehorn, and Johnson, 1989

Entomology and Pest Management, by Larry Pedigo (newest edition)

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