State Pesticide Applicator and Dealer Certification exams are administered as described in the alert below by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Licensing & Registrations.
**NJDEP PESTICIDE CERTIFICATION EXAMS Revised ALERT (updated in bold and issued November 9, 2020)**
Please be advised that in response to the ongoing COVID 19 coronavirus emergency and consistent with Federal, New Jersey State and local government direction, the Department continues to take every precaution to limit the possible spread of the virus. Based on continued governmental guidelines and restrictions, the Department will no longer be offering in-person pesticide certification exams.
In accordance with Pesticide rule amendments at N.J.A.C. 7:30 and in partnership with the Department, all pesticide certification exams will only be available online through Rutgers University’s Office of Continuing Professional Education. Exam applicants will register through an online Rutgers portal and will be assessed a nominal fee of $115 per exam. Registration services and exams will be available 24/7. Student ID verification and activity monitoring will be conducted via remote proctoring to uphold the Department’s exam standards and security. The Department and Rutgers continue to work on finalizing data transmission issues and hope to have the exam registration portal available by November 16, 2020. Please check this website at www.pcpnj.org for updated information including the link to the portal.
Applicators must pass a pesticide applicator exam for either Private or Commercial pesticide applicator certification depending upon the type of certification needed. Both of these exams are closed-book. Additionally, commercial applicators must register to take separate exams for certification to practice each additional Commercial pest control category.
Prior to registering to take the Core (Commercial) applicator exam, the candidate applicator must have taken and have a record of completion of an approved basic CORE training course. There continues to be no specific training requirements (with the exception of manual study) for Private applicators.
Prior to registering to take a category exam, the applicator must have completed and have record of 40 hours of on-the-job training that includes the NJDEP-specified minimum number of applications per category.
Individual exams are based upon content contained in the corresponding New Jersey Pesticide Applicator Training manuals for Private, Core, Dealer, or Commercial Category, available from your County Cooperative Extension office or online ordering (See Manuals webpage). Make sure that you have purchased and study from the most recent version of the manuals. See the certification & licensing webpage for a detailed listing of the types of pesticide applicator certifications that are issued in New Jersey upon successful passing of the applicable certification exam(s).
When these examinations are administered in person, there is a time limit of one hour and forty-five minutes for taking each exam. As of September 1, 2020, all Pesticide Certification exams are closed book. The passing score for a closed book exam is 75%.