BCE Certification

Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) Certification can lead to better visibility, opportunities, and jobs.

In today's increasingly complex, competitive, and highly-specialized market, credentials are very important. You know you have the education and skills to do the job, but how do you convince potential customers and employers you do?  For many career-minded pest management professionals, certification is often the answer. Board certification in entomology is a way for professionals to stand out from the crowd, to prove their capabilities to customers and employers, and differentiate themselves from others in the field. 

I don't meet all the requirements for BCE Certification. Are there other options?

If you don't meet all the requirements for the BCE program, or if you don't feel that you can maintain your PMC requirements over the course of your tenure as a certified entomologist, you might consider either becoming a BCE Intern or an Associate Certified Entomologist.

I have a PhD in entomology. Why should I become certified?

For many, a degree in entomology or a related field is all that is required to prove their abilities. But for others certification is an essential part of their career development. Certification is not for everyone. To see if it is right for you, consider these questions.

What is the BCE program?

ESA conducts a program that tests the knowledge and experience of practicing entomologists and certifies their professionalism. Those who participate and meet the requirements of the certification program earn the designation Board Certified Entomologist (BCE). Continuing education and adherence to a strict code of ethical standards are required for BCEs to maintain certification.

What are the requirements to become a BCE?

BCEs are required to show competency through a combination of experience, education, letters of reference, CVs, and an ability to pass one or more examinations. Click here for more information.

How much does it cost to become a BCE?

A listing of current fees for the BCE program is listed here.

Do I have to be a member of ESA to become a BCE?

No, BCEs do not have to be members of ESA. However, certification fees are greatly reduced if you are an ESA member.

What standards does a BCE have to maintain?

When you apply to the BCE program and for the entire time that you are a BCE, you are required to adhere to the Code of Ethics. This set of principles sets a minimum standard by which the BCE makes all professional decisions. BCEs who willfully and knowingly violate the BCE Code of Ethics face the risk of certification revocation.

How do I prove I am a Board Certified Entomologist?

When you become a Board Certified Entomologist, you will receive a certificate of accomplishment, a copy of the BCE code of ethics, a certification card, a BCE logo decal, and a BCE lapel pin. In addition, you will be authorized to use the BCE designation after your name, listed as a BCE in the ESA Membership Directory, and included in the Register of Board Certified Entomologists maintained by ESA.

Who are the current BCEs?

For a list of current BCE's please visit our BCE Roster.

How do I apply to become a BCE?

Click here to review the application process and to access the application.

I used to be a BCE and would like to rejoin. What are my options?

The BCE program does offer an inactive status for BCEs who are planning to leave active service for a short period of time. However, this is limited to a 2-year stint.

I am now retired. Can I leave the active BCE program and still retain my certification?

Yes, this is possible. BCE members who have been certified for at least 10 years can apply for Retired status. Annual certification fees drop considerably and you do not need to file your PM&C paperwork anymore. Further, to re-enter active certification you would only need to fill out a current PM&C report and any current fees.  To apply for Retired status, please click here.