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Pesticide Exam Sign-Up Instructions

PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION EXAMS Revised ALERT (issued January 11, 2021)**
 
The Department and Rutgers University are pleased to announce that the new online Pesticide Applicator Certification Exam Registration (PACER) system is NOW AVAILABLE for your use.  Anyone interested in taking a Pesticide exam must register through the PACER system at pacer.rutgers.edu

  • The registration PACER system and exams are available 24/7.  
  • All exams will be administered via remote proctoring including real-time student ID verification and activity monitoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. 
  • Exam applicants will be assessed a nominal fee for each exam. 
  • All exams are CLOSED book.
  • The Department no longer offers any pesticide certification exams.

Part 1. Commercial Pesticide Applicator
Part 2. Private Pesticide Applicator
Part 3. Pesticide Dealer

Part 1. COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATOR EXAM SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS (CORE & CATEGORY)

In most cases, a Commercial Pesticide Applicator is fully certified after passing the Core exam and at least one Category exam. Please note that any exam you pass is only good for 12 months unless you become fully certified.

CORE EXAM SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1 - You must attend an approved Basic Pesticide Training Class before taking the Core exam if:

(a) You have NEVER taken the "Basic Pesticide Training Class" before, or
(b) You can no longer provide proof of having previously taken the course

You do not need to take the "Basic Pesticide Training Class" if you are taking exams for recertification (see Attention Recertification Applicants in Step 2 below).

Note: This option does not apply if you have not been licensed for two (2) consecutive years or more. In this case, you must take the "Basic Pesticide Training Class" again. Follow instructions in Step 2 below.

STEP 2 - Prepare the following:

1) A digital copy/picture of the "Basic Pesticide Training Class Attendance Certificate" to upload to the PACER system. You will receive the Basic Pesticide Training Class Attendance Certificate from the course coordinator after completion of the course.


Attention Recertification Applicants: If you are taking the exam for recertification purposes, you do not need to resubmit the "Basic Pesticide Training Class Attendance Certificate."


2) To prepare for the exam, it is recommended you purchase the "Core Training Manual" from the County Cooperative Extension Office in your area or online at https://pestmanagement.rutgers.edu/pat/manuals. Training manuals cannot be purchased from the Pesticide Control Program.

STEP 3 – Sign up for the exam with Rutgers University

Register through the PACER system at pacer.rutgers.edu

  • The registration PACER system and exams are available 24/7.  
  • All exams will be administered via remote proctoring including real-time student ID verification and activity monitoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. 
  • Exam applicants will be assessed a nominal fee of $115.00 for the Core exam. 
  • All exams are CLOSED book.
  • Once exams are graded, scores will be communicated to examinees by Rutgers University.

The Department no longer offers any pesticide certification exams.

QUESTIONS? Email pacer@njaes.rutgers.edu


CATEGORY EXAM SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1 - Complete 40-hours of "On-the-Job Training" (OJT) for each category, if it is available to you. If you are unable to get the 40 hours of OJT, follow instructions in Option A or Option B below. Note: Category 10 and 13 are exempt from Category Training Requirements.

Option A - If you are applying for Categories 3A, 3B, 7A, 7B, or 8B and cannot get the 40 hours of OJT, you must take an approved category training course from one of the following providers. Providers and contact information can be found by scrolling to the bottom of our Basic Pesticide Training Class page.


Prepare a digital copy/picture of your "Category Course Attendance Certificate" to upload to the PACER system. You will receive the Category Course Attendance Certificate from the course coordinator after completion of the course.
OR
If you have at least one year of verifiable work experience as a Pesticide Applicator or Operator in any category (including Categories 3A, 3B, 7A, 7B or 8B), complete the
Affidavit Form VPE-001 affirming that you have the required one year of work experience and upload it to the PACER system.

Option B - If you are applying for categories other than 3A, 3B, 7A, 7B or 8B and cannot get the 40 hours of OJT, complete the "Training Verification Form VPE-002" with an explanation of why you cannot obtain the OJT, and upload it to the PACER system. Important: If you are taking exams because you did not get enough recertification credits during your 5-year recertification period, you do not need to take the 40 hours of the OJT again. However, this option does not apply if you have not been licensed for 2 consecutive years or more.

If you were previously licensed as a NJ Pesticide Applicator and have not been licensed for 2 consecutive years or more, you must receive the 40 hours of OJT again or fulfill the requirements in Options A or B above.

If you are taking Categories 10 or 13, OJT is not required. If you are taking Category 11, OJT is required, but additional categories required with Category 11 do not require OJT as long as all applications will be aerial.

Note: To prepare for the exam, it is recommended you purchase the specific
"
Category Training Manual" from the County Cooperative Extension Office in your area or online at https://pestmanagement.rutgers.edu/pat/manuals/. Training manuals cannot be purchased from the Pesticide Control Program.

STEP 2 – Sign up for exam with Rutgers University

Register through the PACER system at pacer.rutgers.edu

  • The registration PACER system and exams are available 24/7.  
  • All exams will be administered via remote proctoring including real-time student ID verification and activity monitoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. 
  • Exam applicants will be assessed a nominal fee of $115.00 for each Category exam. 
  • All exams are CLOSED book.
  • Once exams are graded, scores will be communicated to examinees by Rutgers University.

The Department no longer offers any pesticide certification exams.

QUESTIONS? Email pacer@njaes.rutgers.edu

Part 2. PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR EXAM SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS

A Private Pesticide Applicator is fully certified after passing the Private Pesticide Applicator exam.

STEP 1 – Prepare for the exam

To prepare for the exam, it is recommended you purchase the "Private Pesticide Applicator Training Manual" from the County Cooperative Extension Office in your area or online at https://pestmanagement.rutgers.edu/pat/manuals/. Training manuals cannot be purchased from the Pesticide Control Program.

STEP 2 – Sign up for exam with Rutgers University

Register through the PACER system at pacer.rutgers.edu

  • The registration PACER system and exams are available 24/7.  
  • All exams will be administered via remote proctoring including real-time student ID verification and activity monitoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. 
  • Exam applicants will be assessed a nominal fee of $50.00 for each Private Applicator exam. 
  • All exams are CLOSED book.
  • Once exams are graded, scores will be communicated to examinees by Rutgers University.

The Department no longer offers any pesticide certification exams.

QUESTIONS? Email pacer@njaes.rutgers.edu

 

Part 3. PESTICIDE DEALER EXAM SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS

A Pesticide Dealer is fully certified after passing the Pesticide Dealer exam.

STEP 1 - Prepare for the exam

To prepare for the exam, it is recommended you purchase the "Pesticide Dealer Training Manual" from the County Cooperative Extension Office in your area or online at https://pestmanagement.rutgers.edu/pat/manuals/. Training manuals cannot be purchased from the Pesticide Control Program.

STEP 2 - Sign up for exam with Rutgers University

Register through the PACER system at pacer.rutgers.edu

  • The registration PACER system and exams are available 24/7.  
  • All exams will be administered via remote proctoring including real-time student ID verification and activity monitoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. 
  • Exam applicants will be assessed a nominal fee of $115.00 for each Pesticide Dealer exam. 
  • All exams are CLOSED book.
  • Once exams are graded, scores will be communicated to examinees by Rutgers University.

The Department no longer offers any pesticide certification exams.

QUESTIONS? Email pacer@njaes.rutgers.edu

 
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