COMPUTER-BASED TESTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PESTICIDE APPLICATORS
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Computer-based testing is now available for pesticide applicators through the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, a change that Commissioner Ron Sparks says could save the state thousands of dollars.
"Giving applicators the opportunity to take examinations by computer throughout the state is a huge accomplishment for our Pesticide Management Section," said Sparks. "They have worked hard to make it happen and they have succeeded. Computer-based testing will allow applicators the convenience of taking the test in or near their home county and receiving instant scoring results. It is estimated that this change will save the state more than $44,000 annually that otherwise would have been spent to prepare and administer paper-based tests."
Testers can now take the exam Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening examinations will also be available in some cases. The testing centers are located in Athens, Tanner, Hanceville, Birmingham, Auburn, Dothan and Mobile. Instant pass/fail notification and test scores by category are provided at testing centers.
A primary responsibility of the ADAI Certification and Training Office is the licensing of pest management professionals. In the past, the department accomplished this by providing applicator examinations on a quarterly basis at four monitored sites with all examinations being graded by hand. Paper-based examinations were the only method for an applicator to take an examination in the category or categories he/she wanted to perform work.