ACE Application Process

Are you ready to apply for your ACE? 


  1. Ensure you have all documents (applicators license, two letters of reference, resume) in digital format (e.g: PDF, .DOC, .JPEG) ready to upload.  If you are an international applicant, you will not need your applicator's license. 
  2. Go to the account creation page and create a log-in. PLEASE NOTE: You might already have an account associated with your email address from previously purchasing a book, or other item; if you do the system will notify you and you can click here to get a password reset email sent to you. 
  3. If this is your first time logging in, at the bottom of the page, you will see the text "Submit My ACE Application" if you've logged in previously you will see a tile for the ACE application link. From there, follow the instructions within the application itself. 
  4.  Once your application is submitted and reviewed by a staff member, you will get a system generated email indicating that your application has been approved. From this date you have one year to take the exam and three years to pass it.

Application Fee: $395 ($355 for ESA members)

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Selecting a Proctor & Scheduling Your Exam

  • If you did not indicate a proctor and exam date on your application, you will need to select a proctor for your exam. Work with your proctor to set an exam date and notify with the date & proctor information. 
  • About one week prior to your exam, ESA will send examination instructions to your proctor.