Exam Overview

The Agriculture Systems Associate Certification certifies that individuals have a fundamental knowledge and skill set applicable to entry level positions in the agricultural industry.  This certification exam covers basic principles of:

  • The evolution of production agriculture
  • Differences between animal welfare and ethical treatment of animals
  • Principals and skills used in dairy production
  • Principals and skills used in livestock production
  • Principals and skills used in poultry production
  • Principals and skills used in aquaculture production
  • Principals and skills used in vegetable production
  • Principals and skills used in nursery production
  • Good work habits, agricultural leadership, and communication skills
  • Scientific and technical skills used in production agriculture

Industry Readiness Indicators

In addition to fundamental skills and knowledge related to agriculture systems, certifications encompass skills and practices that everyone should acquire to be career ready including communication, decision-making, creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, integrity, ethical leadership, and cultural/global competency.

Indicators are identified by industry and correlated with current educational frameworks.

Exam Specifics

The certification is awarded to those persons passing the two-hour long certification exam. Exams will be taken online and administered by approved, non-agriculture educator proctors.  Exams are 50 questions in length and include multiple choice options for all questions.  Individuals are required to score a 75% or above to receive a passing score and the certification.  Retakes are available to individuals who do not meet the minimum score.

$50 EXAM FEE

  $50 RE-TAKE EXAM FEE

75% Minimum Score

Questions for the certification exam were developed by industry professionals and teacher educators using the identified references and resources.  All questions were field-tested by agriculture teachers during  area conferences in which teachers were able to provide input and feedback on each question.

Official References

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Agriscience: Fundamentals and Applications L. DeVere Burton ISBN-13: 9781133686880 6th Edition

Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications AUTHOR: Ray V. Herren ISBN-13: 9781285058955

Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications
AUTHOR: Ray V. Herren
ISBN-13: 9781285058955

Biotech

Introduction to Biotechnology Ray V. Herren ISBN-13: 9781435498372

Leadership

Leadership: Personal Development and Career Success Cliff Ricketts | John C. Ricketts ISBN-13: 9781435492882