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.

Specialist Certifications

Agricultural Biotechnology

General agricultural laboratory safety, biotechnological applications to agriculture, food and natural resources, scientific reasoning, mathematics and physical science skills

Agritechnology

Agricultural safety, Environmental resource conservation and management, plant growth and reproduction; including fertilization, irrigation and pest control, animal systems and livestock management; including health and reproduction, agribusiness marketing and finance concepts, mathematics and physical science skills

Unmanned Aircraft Systems In Agriculture

This certification will ensure that an Unmanned Aircraft Systems operator can properly use the UAS along with remote sensors for precision agriculture.

Agricultural Communications

Developing and editing materials for printed media and media broadcast, utilizing photography and graphics, writing technical papers and media scripts, ethical and professional issues in the industry

Animal Science

Use and care of animal health-care instruments, technical and production skills, animal health, animal behavioral, animal digestive systems, animal breeding

Agricultural Mechanics

Mechanical operations, welding, small engine maintenance and repair, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, health, safety, and environmental issues

Forestry

Career opportunities; safety; operation, maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment and facilities; soil testing, surveying; water resources; and financial management skills;  timber marketing; business management skills; measuring trees and forest volume; silvicultural systems; prescribed burning; preventative maintenance.

Associate Certifications

Agriculture

Global impact of agriculture; career opportunities; scientific and research concepts; biological and physical science principles; environmental principles; agriscience safety; principles of leadership; and agribusiness, employability, and human relations skills in agriscience.