Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Metro Institute provides online computer-based testing services in Michigan for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development. MDARD proctored testing sites are located throughout the state. All persons desiring to hold a pesticide certification with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development must contact Metro Institute to schedule a computer based exam.

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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 twelve additional state pesiticide 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.

 

Register to Test

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

 
 

Find a Testing Center

Metro has a testing center network with conveniently located throughout Michigan.
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 MDARD 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. Visit Metro Institute at http://michigan.metrosignup.com to schedule or call 877-533-2900.

2. Payment ($55.00 per test, or $65 for remotely proctored tests ) may be Visa, MC, AX, or PayPal.

3. A 24 hour notice is required to schedule, or reschedule any exam. There is no charge to reschedule an exam with 24 hours notice.

4. Don't forget: You must bring your government issued photo ID to each testing session.

5. All exams are closed book. No cell phones, personal calculators (one will be provided), drinks or any other personal items will be allowed in the testing room.

Schedule a Test Online - http://michigan.metrosignup.com

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

 

Helpful Testing Skills

1. For most exams, you will have one (1) hour to take each examination. Most people complete each test in less than one hour. Be sure to take your time and read each question and answer choice 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. If you forget to answer any questions before selecting the "Finish Test" button, you will receive an on screen alert that you have unanswered questions. You may then answer those questions and then click the "Finish Test" button again to get your final score.

3. Most tests have 50 questions and you must answer 70% correctly to pass.

 

Passed the Test! What Next?

When your exams are complete the proctor will provide you with a printed results page. This page will indicate your overall score on the exam (70% or greater is required to pass) with instructions on what to do next.

It is important to remember that passing an exam does not mean you are certified. You still need to submit your application along with the applicable fee to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development  (MDARD).

To obtain a Pesticide Applicator Application, or to find out more about MDARD's pesticide certification program, please visit www.michigan.gov/mdard .

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Failed the Test? What Next?

If you failed any of the tests, you may visit Metrosignup.com and schedule and purchase a retake.

To Reschedule a Test Online - Click "HERE"  or Call Metro Institute to schedule a new testing time at (877) 533-2900  

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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 (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 twelve additional state pesiticide regulatory agencies for iCBT exams.

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Phone: (602) 452-2900

Toll Free: (877)-533-2900

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