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WSU Entomology Extension Structural Pest IPM

What is ACE?

ACE stands for Associate Certified Entomologist. It is a third-party certification from the Entomological Society of America (ESA) designed for pest management professionals. ACE certification provides career-minded pest management professionals with credentials that document your expertise and professionalism. The certification can also boost customer and employer confidence.

ACE Application requirements

  • Hold a current pesticide applicator license in PCO General or PCO Structural
  • Minimum of 5 years of pest management experience
  • Two letters of professional reference (current or former employers, major clients, professional colleagues)
  • Ability to pass an online test (this is that review session)
  • Willingness to adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics
  • Application fee of $395
  • Allow at least 30 days for application approval.
    • Once approved you have 3 years to take the exam
    • Retesting is allowed but must submit retest application and $75 per attempt


For more information about ACE see the Entomological Society of America website