Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Metro Institute provides online computer-based testing services in Idaho for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. DACF proctored testing sites are located throughout the state. All persons desiring to hold a pesticide license with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry must contact Metro Institute to schedule a computer based exam.

Not registered to test?

If you have not already registered and been issued a BPC IND number first visit the Maine Department of Agriculture "Here"  and create an account. You will receive a BPC# needed to schedule computer based exams with Metro.
Get your BPC IND number HERE

Find a Testing Center

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

Already registered to test?

If you have already registered with the DACF and been issued an BPC IND 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:

In order to schedule a  computer based exam at a Metro testing center you must first register with DACF and receive a BPC IND number. Click this link to register with DACF or to retrieve your existing BPC IND number:

Maine BPC Online Portal

  • Once you have your BPC IND number visit to schedule your exam online.
  • There is no pre-approval to take exams, with exception of the Master’s exam, which will exclusively still be held at BPC offices.
  • All Commercial Exams meaning anything that is not a Private Exam are $65.00 including retakes. All Private exams are $55.00 including retakes.
  • Exam payments are processed by PayPal and Visa, MC, AMEX and PayPal are acceppted. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account.
  • 24 hour notice is required reschedule any exam. Failure to provide the required notice may result in the loss of your testing fee. There is no charge to reschedule an exam with 24 hours notice.
  • Don't forget: You must bring and present your valid unexpired government issued photo ID to each testing session.
  • All exams are closed book.  No calulators are allowed in the testing room.

DACF has a zero policy for cheating, meaning your examination will be canceled. Cheating is defined as, but not limited to:

Copying answers from another test taker; supplying answers to another test taker, during exam use of notes; pictures, or audio recordings during exam; use of any device that provides information during exam, etc.

The following devices are prohibited:

Smartwatches, cell phones and smartphones, audio players, earbuds,  recorders, laptops, tablets, electronic reading devices, or any other personal computing devices, cameras, video cameras, or other photographic or video equipment,

any device capable of recording, transmitting, receiving, playing audio, photograph, text, or video content.

Examinees should not leave the testing room unitl the exam is complete

Examinees takers must leave the room when they have completed the exam;

Exam takers must turn in all scrtach paper to the exam proctor before leaving the testing center.

Schedule a Test Online - Click "HERE"

Schedule a Test by Phone - Call "(602) 452-2900 or toll free (877) 533-2900"

Test Study Materials - Click "HERE"

Find a Testing Location - Click "HERE"

Helpful Testing Skills

  • You may take a practice test as many times as you wish prior to the real exam to become familialr with the computer and testing inerface.. The practice exam has no content relative to the actual exam it is only a sample to demonstrate the computer based testing experience.

  • Exam duration is 60 to 120 minutes depending on the exam so take your time and read each question and each of the possible answers very carefully.

  • 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. If you forget to answer any questions before selecting the "Finish Test" button, you will receive one warning that you have unanswered questions. You may then answer those questions and then click the "Finish Test" button again to get your final score.

  • An 80% or higher is required to pass an exam, for all exams.

  • You will recive you score onscreen immediately after completing your exam.

  • You will be provided a printed exams results page with instructions

  • You may not use a calculator.

  • Sctracth paper and a pen or pencil will be provided. You must return the scratch paper before leaving the testing center.

Note that study materials/manuals for all exams are to be obtained via the UMaine Cooperative Extension at: 

Phone: 207-581-3880.

Passed the Test! What Next?

All exam results will be forwarded to the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, BPC.

  • If you receive a passing score on the Private Core exam you will be eligible to apply for an Agricultural Basic Applicator license through the Maine BPC.
  • If you receive a passing score on the Private Core exam and a private category exam you will be eligible to apply for a Private Pesticide Applicator license through the Maine BPC.
  • If you receive a passing score on a Commercial Core and category exam you ae able to apply for a Commercial Operator Applicator license through the Maine BPC.
  • If any applicant passes one of either the Core or Category exams, they must retake the exam that was failed until a grade of 80% is obtained.

After obtaining passing exam results, applicator licenses may be applied for and payments submitted on the Maine BPC online portal, or by sending in one of the paper forms below with a check:

  • To apply for an Agricultural Basic Applicator license please fill out and mail this form.
  • To apply for a Private Pesticide Applicator license please fill out and mail this form.
  • To apply for a Commercial Applicator license please fill out and mail this form.

To Reschedule a Test Online - Click"HERE" or Call Metro Institute to schedule a new testing time at (602) 452-2908 or toll free (877) 533-2900. Please leave a message and your call will be returned in the order it was received.

About Metro

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.

About us




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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