Pesticide Applicator/Operator Online Testing

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Updated December 14, 2020


The Illinois Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the University of Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is now offering the option to take pesticide exams online. All exams are proctored through an exam proctoring service in order to be compliant with federal certification and licensing guidelines. Exam length and time allotment will be similar to that of in-person testing. Exams are being released according to the following schedule: 

pesticide testing schedule

Individuals wanting to take an online exam and/or online training will need to go to the University of Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Program's Training and Testing Web Page at the following link:


Once you've reached the training and testing page, scheduling an exam consists of roughly 5 steps:

  1. Create a Learn @ Illinois Extension account.
  2. Locate the Exam for which you'd like to schedule and click on the title.
  3. Click the Self-Enroll button to view the exam instructions page.
  4. Follow the instructions to schedule a proctored exam session.
  5. NOTE: Some exams, while visible, remain unavailable. We are working to provide these exams as quickly as possible. 

(Look for the Large Orange Button!!!)


Training and Testing FAQs:


In order to utilize the online testing option, you will need to ensure you have access to the following:

  1. A Windows or Mac Computer with the Google Chrome internet browser installed
       -Computer must have only one monitor (screen) at the time of the exam
       -Chromebooks, tablets and other mobile devices are not compatible
  2. A functioning webcam (can be built-in to a laptop)
  3. A functioning microphone (can be built-in to a laptop/webcam)
  4. A strong internet connection (1 Mbps minimum, >12 Mbps recommended)
  5. A private, quiet room
  6. One form of government-issued photo ID (i.e. Driver's License, etc.)
  7. (Optional) A calculator (Computer calculator apps, smartphones, smart watches or other smart devices will not be allowed)


Proctoring Fees: 

Exams are proctored by an online proctoring service in order to be compliant with federal certification and licensing guidelines.  Each online exam requires a $12 fee per exam attempt.  The fee is payable directly to the proctoring company, by credit card only, at the time of scheduling your exam appointment.  No proctoring or exam fees are paid to the Department of Agriculture.


Schedule in advance: Exams scheduled to begin within 72 hours may incur an added fee.


In-Person Testing:

For those unable to take advantage of the online testing option, a limited number of small capacity, in-person testing sessions will be scheduled as COVID restrictions allow.  In-Person Testing Page