AEST certifications were developed as a result of a need within the agricultural industry. Florida Farm Bureau saw that agriculturists needed a trusted, reliable credential that could be used when hiring employees. As a result, industry-driven assessments of agricultural career fields have been developed in the form of industry certifications. Each certification reflects a differing agricultural sector and the skills and competencies necessary for success in that field.
AEST is managed under contract by the Florida FFA Association, Florida’s premier agricultural youth organization. The AEST team (Farm Bureau and FFA) work together to ensure a quality product is available to students and teachers. Industry Certifications by AEST and Florida Farm Bureau are essential components of the Complete Experience™ and prepare students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.