New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Metro Institute provides computer-based testing services in New Mexico for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Proctored testing sites are located in Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Farmington, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. All persons desiring a Pesticide Applicator license in New Mexico must apply for the license with NMDA before they can schedule any exams


The Metro Institute headquaters in Phoenix Arizona

The most secure computer based testing system just got better.

Metro Institute (MI) is the current iCBT provider for the Arizona Department of Agriculture - Pest Management Division (PMD).  MI has been providing testing services in Arizona since 2003.  After our initial success in Arizona, MI was selected by fourteen additional state pesticide regulatory agencies for iCBT exams  Metro also delivers online open-book exams to the South Carolina Pest Control Association and certification exams to Colorado Private Applicators, who may test in the convenience of their own home, via the Internet. 

Metro Institute provides remote online tesing solutions for our state partners to adminsister exams to candidate conveniently from home or office.

 Since inception, Metro Institute has delivered over 1,000,000 secure exams.

There are many benefits to implementing a well planned iCBT program.

Convenience - The tester is free to take the test Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  In some cases evenings and weekends are possible.  The testing centers can be located in the most populated and or geographically advantageous sites throughout your state to provide even more convenience for your testers. Instant pass/fail notification and test scores by category are provided instantly at testing centers.
Security - Our system is designed around security first.  No test is ever sent in its entirety, rather a redundant fire walled database server is employed to send and receive encrypted test questions/answers in small packets a question at a time through our protected web server.  In other words when a tester answers a question the next question is delivered in one or multiple packets.   Even if these packets could be intercepted they would not correspond to answers and would be viewed as random data.  No test data is stored on the local hard drive if any test station.  If a tester were to attempt to leave a test to browse the Internet (Google the answer) they would be prevented and immediately locked out of the test.

We employ many other security features as well including an onsite proctor that verifies the identity of the tester, photographs the tester, logs the tester into the test, explains how to take the test and monitors the testing session visually.

Cost - The cost savings of our system is verifiable.  An example of this is the experience of Arizona Department of Agriculture - Pest Management Division.  PMD has reported a saving of over $140,000 dollars in test administration cost the first year of the program alone.  Metro Institute schedules all tests, collects all testing fees, finds and manages all testing centers, fields the majority of test related logistical questions, provides all software, and necessary hardware and more.

Field Relations - If your inspection personnel have testing duties, iCBT will allow them to be in the field more often.  With the testing duties lessened, your personnel can spend more time visiting companies and individuals and more time performing enforcement duties.  This one-on-one time is a great way to enhance your presence to your constituency.  Additionally, your field personnel can verify identity by pulling up a photo of each certified applicator on their web enabled laptop/pda during a field inspection.

Progress - The EPA and various regulatory official associations have been proposing the implementation of iCBT throughout the states.

Apply for a License

If you have not been issued an NMDA Testing ID number or your previous testing application is expired you must apply with the NMDA. Click the button below to visit !


Find a Testing Center

Metro has a testing center network with conveniently located throughout New Mexico.
You get  directions and print a map.
Click the button to find your location!

Ready to Test?

If you have already applied and been issued an NMDA Testing ID number and need to schedule or reschedule a test click the Schedule Now button below. It's fast and easy. Good luck!

Testing "Step-by-Step"

Testing Procedure:

1. Apply with NMDA online  "Here"

2. Wait to receive your email from NMDA with your testing ID number.

3. Contact Metro Institute to schedule:  "Here" or 877-533-2900.

4. Payment of $55 per test may be Check, Visa, MC, AX, or PayPal.

5. Mail checks to Metro Institute, 202 East Earll Drive, Ste 180, Phx, AZ 85012

6. If you cannot make your exam appointment for any reason, you may

reschedule at no charge with 24 hrs notice.

7. Don't forget: You must bring your picture ID to the testing site. 

Schedule a Test Online - "Here"

Schedule a Test by Phone - Call 877-533-2900  



Helpful Testing Skills

1. You will have 2 hours to take each examination. Most people complete a test in less than one hour. Therefore, take your time and read each question and each of the possible answers very carefully.

2. You may skip questions and return to them later. You may review any or all of the test as long as you have time remaining on the clock.

3.  Most tests have 50 questions and you must answer 70% correctly to pass.  For instance, on a test with 50 questions you could miss up to 15 questions and still receive passing score.  However, if you miss 16 or more questions you will receive a failing score and then must re-schedule to take the test over again.

Pass the Test What Next?

Passed the Test?

1. If you passed all the exams you were approved for, follow the instructions for your specific license type.

  • Operator/Technicians:  Print your score sheet and mail it to NMDA with the $50 license fee.
  • Commercial Applicators: Print your score sheets and mail with your insurance certificate and $75 license fee to NMDA.
  • Public Applicators: Print your score sheets and mail a copy to NMDA. Your license will be printed and mailed to your agency.
  • Noncommercial Applicators and Pest Management Consultants:  Print your score sheets and mail with your $75 license fee to NMDA.

2. If you passed the “Core” and at least one “Category” exam, you can get your license with only that category. Email NMDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and notify them that you want your license issued without the categories you failed or did not take.

Reviewing Test Scores

When you complete your test, be sure and print your score sheet. You will be prompted by the computer to do this at the end of your testing period.

If you passed your test, the score sheet is your written proof that you have passed that specific exam. Please review the BOLD text on your score sheet for licensing information.

Failed the Test?

If you failed one of your exams, you may re-take that exam. However, you may not take the same exam more than once on the same business day. Don’t forget, you must complete ALL the licensing requirements in 60 days, or you’ll have to start over. Reschedule online at or by phone 877-533-2900. 


Metro Institute is Smart and Cost Efficient.

We would love to show you the "day in the life" of our test administration services.

To schedule a free no obligation demo of our services call Kelly Denny @ (602) 471-0155

About Metro

Metro Institute  is the current Computer Based Testing (iCBT) provider for  15 State Pesticide Regulary Agencies.  MI has been providing testing services  since 2003. Our testing experience combined our understanding of the industry make Metro the right choice to help you navigate the ins and outs of implenting the optimum testing program for your agency. Reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get the details.




202 East Earll Drive, Ste 180
Phoenix, AZ  85012,  USA

Phone: (602) 452-2900

Toll Free: (877)-533-2900

Fax: (602) 452-2920

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