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IDOA official: Preparation, Patience Needed for Online Pesticide Exam

Preparation and patience are Brad Beaver’s top recommendations for successfully completing the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA)’s online pesticide certification exam. Beaver, acting chief of IDOA’s environmental program bureau, discussed needed equipment and how IDOA addressed issues with the online testing process.
Since mid-December, 780 people completed exams and another 200 exams were scheduled this week. More than 800 are enrolled in online pesticide training. IDOA expects to offer 15,000 to 20,000 certification exams during the 2021 certification year.
Beaver told FarmWeek IDOA has resolved a problem that caused individuals to be kicked off during an exam. “The main issue was the server wasn’t big enough to handle the (computer) traffic. Things are running much faster,” he said.
Beaver recommended someone kicked off during an exam try to log back in and let the proctor know what happened. If that isn’t successful during an exam’s three-hour timeframe, the test can be rescheduled and $12 fee transferred to the rescheduled exam, according to Beaver. If a test must be rescheduled within 72 hours, an extra $12 may be charged to ensure an available proctor.
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