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Licensing

​​​​​Oregon has contracted with Metro Institute​ to provide scheduling services for all pesticide exams. Testing centers (often community colleges) are located throughout the state for your convenience. The fee for each exam is $58 per attempt.  

ODA does not have the ability to schedule exams or make any changes to an already scheduled exam. All scheduling changes must be made directly with Metro Institute by calling 877.533.2900. Please leave a message and your call will be returned in a timely manner.​

How to schedule

  1. Register on Metro Institute's website by creating an individual profile and entering the following information when prompted:
    • Full legal name (no nicknames)
    • Date of birth
    • Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
    • Warning: You may not receive credit for an exam if the information provided during registration does not match your government-issued identification.​
    • Email address: this will be used by ODA to send you a license application once you pass the required exams.
  2. Select your exam(s), the license you are seeking, the testing center location, and the date/time of your exam(s). 
  3. Pay the exam fee ($58 per exam per attempt). A credit card is required.​

Note: It is recommended to schedule your exam(s) early as seats fill quickly, even if you have not yet finished studying. Exams can be scheduled several months in advance.

Additional information

  • Exams are closed-book and computer-based, with multiple-choice questions only.
  • Exams are administered in two-hour time blocks by default. However, a maximum of one hours of extra time can be requested in 15-minute increments at the time of the exam at the discretion of the proctor. You can also schedule a 3-hour exam in advance by calling the Metro Institute prior to scheduling an exam at 877.533.2900. Please leave a message and your call will be returned in a timely manner.
  • You will receive your exam score at the completion of each exam. The passing score is 70% or above for all exams.​

  • You must bring valid, government-issued photo identification
  • Know the last four digits of your Social Security number at time of testing
  • Testing centers are required to provide basic-function calculators, pencils, scratch paper, etc.​
  • ​Food or Beverages 
  • Notes, cell phones, scratch paper 
  • Behavior that would suggest that you engaging in unethical practices​

  • A photograph of you will be taken by the testing center. Please contact ODA if you want to request a religious or other accommodation.
  • If you need to request a reasonable accommodation on a pesticide exam for a disability, please fill out and return our request form prior to scheduling your exam(s) if possible. Completing this form prior to scheduling your exam gives ODA time to review the request and if necessary, work directly with the Metro Institute to organize the accommodation.

The Private Applicator and Laws & Safety exams are available in Spanish. When scheduling a Spanish exam through the Metro Institute's website, please make sure to select "Private Applicator: Spanish" or "Laws and Safety — Spanish". ​​

​​Status of Oregon testing centers
To minimize any business disruptions during the pandemic, ODA and Metro Institute will stay in frequent contact with the testing centers and will update our websites when new information is provided.  However, because of public health-related concerns, some testing centers may close with little advanced notice. Please confirm that a testing center will be open, prior to making plans. Updated May 2022. 

Respectful Professional Behavior: People who want to take exams value the option of having testing centers in numerous locations. To maintain options, please be courteous to staff at testing centers and respect all rules or policies. These include rules regarding social distancing and mask wearing, and not bringing items into testing centers such as notes, calculators, food and beverages. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us all keep these valued testing centers.

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The following testing centers in Oregon are open (remember to reconfirm):

  • Bend: Central Oregon Community College (on Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Bend: Sylvan Learning Center 
  • Brookings: Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Burns: T reasure Valley Community College
  • Coos Bay: Southwestern Oregon Community College

  • Eugene: University of Oregon 
  • Gresham: Mount Hood Community College
  • Hermiston: Blue Mountain Community College
  • Klamath Falls: Klamath Community College
  • La Grande: Eastern Oregon University 
  • Madras: Central Oregon Community College (every other Wednesday)
  • McMinnville: Chemeketa Community College
  • Milwaukie: Sylvan Learning Center
  • Ontario: Treasure Valley Community College (on Tuesdays)
  • Pendleton: Blue Mountain Community College (on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Portland: Sylvan Learning Center (Fremont)
  • Roseburg: Umpqua Community College
  • Salem: Chemeketa Community College (on Fridays )
  • Salem: Sylvan Learning Center
  • The Dalles: Columbia Gorge Community College (on Tuesdays)
  • White City: Rogue Community College (on Mondays)
  • Wilsonville: Clackamas Community College (on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

The following out-of-state testing center is open: 

  • Phoenix, AZ: Metro Institute Headquarters. Note: an additional fee may be assessed. A reservation must be made by calling Metro Institute at 877.533.2900.

  • Albany: Linn-Benton Community College — Closed indefinitely 
  • Astoria: Clatsop Community College — Closed indefinitely
  • Klamath Falls: Oregon Institute of Technology — Closed indefinitely
  • Oregon City: Clackamas Community College — Closed indefinitely
  • Portland/Rock Creek: Portland Community College — Closed indefinitely

​What happens after I pass the required exam(s)? 

Upon passing the required exam(s), ODA will use the email address you provided during registration on the Metro Institute website to send you a license application. Please note that if no email was provided, ODA will use the home address you provided to the Metro Institute to mail you a license application. 

For more information, go to ODA's how to get a pesticide license​ webpage​.




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