Idaho State Department of Agriculture

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


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.

Not registered to test?

If you have not already registered and been issued a Testing ID number or have never tested at a computer based testing center please register now.
It fast and easy. Please be sure to have the correct Date of Birth, last four of the Social Security Number and Legal Name of the person seeking to take exams. Good luck!

Find a Testing Center

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

Already registered to test?

If you have already registered and been issued an ISDA 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. To schedule your exam online, click  "HERE"

2. Payment ($65 per test / $55 for government employees ) may be Check, Visa, MC, AX, or PayPal.

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

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

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

6. All exams are closed book. 

Schedule a Test Online - "HERE"

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

Test Study Materials - Click  “HERE

A photograph will be taken by the testing center before an exam can be administered.  If you wish to request a religious or other accommodation please contact ISDA at 208-332-8595. This accommodation MUST be obtained before any exam is scheduled. 

Once an accommodation is obtained from ISDA, a testing candidate or representative must contact Metro Institute by phone (877) 533-2900 to schedule an exam. 

Testing candidates arriving at the testing center without prior accommodation or having scheduled online without notifying Metro Institute by phone in advance, regarding their refusal to be photographed, will not be allowed to test and may forfeit the testing fee. The exam will not be rescheduled until the proper procedure has been followed. 

Testing Policies

  1. Employees of the same company must sit separately from each other;

  2. Exam takers must leave the room when they have completed the exam;

  3. ISDA 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 takers answer sheet; 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.

  1. Permitted Devices Policy: The only devices permitted in the examination room are basic calculators and digital and analog watches. (Stored data calculators are not allowed.) 

Prohibited Devices.

The following devices are prohibited:


Cell phones and smartphones;

Audio players, 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.


Helpful Testing Skills

1. You will have one to three (3) hours depending on the exam to complete each closed book examination. Most people complete each 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. 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.

3. Most tests have 100 questions and you must answer 70% correctly to pass. For instance, on a test with 100 questions you could miss up to 30 questions and still receive a passing score. However, if you miss 31 or more questions you will receive a failing score and then must re-schedule to take the test over again.

Passed the Test! What Next?

To pass an exam, you must answer 70 percent or more of the questions correctly. If you have successfully completed the "Laws and Safety" exam and at least one Category-Specific exam you may qualify for a license. Some exams do not require the “Laws and Safety” exam, for more information on which exams require Laws and Safety please visit HERE. You must apply for a license from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The pesticide license application will be sent to either the email address or mailing address given when your test was scheduled. The email address or mailing address may be that of an employer or future employer if they scheduled your test. If you want your test results to go ONLY to you, you must make sure the contact information is accurate. If you have any questions about your license, please contact the Ag. Resources 208-332-8595.

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. If you failed your test, the score sheet will tell you which "Content Areas" you need to study.

Failed the Test What Next?

If you failed any of the tests, you may re-take that exam after 7 days.

To Reschedule a Test Online - Click"HERE" or Call Metro Institute to schedule a new testing time at (602) 452-2900 


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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Connect With Us.

Get Our Newsletter

Get timely news and updates!