Agricultural Mechanics


Exam Overview

Agricultural Mechanics encompasses the study of mechanical operations, welding, small engine maintenance and repair,  planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, and underlying principles of technology.

Industry Readiness Indicators

Industry partners have identified the industry readiness indicators that are measured on the Agricultural Mechanics certification exam.  Based on the industry needs and assessment of each indicator, the number of exam items per area have been determined and are noted on the exam guide.  Additionally, where applicable, the industry readiness indicators have been correlated with current educational frameworks.

Exam Specifics

Exams are delivered online and must be administered by an approved AEST proctor. Candidates have a two-hour window during a single session to complete the exam. Exams are 100 questions in length and include multiple choice options for all items. Candidates are required to achieve a passing score on the exam to earn certification.  Reduced price retake exams are available to candidates who do not meet the minimum passing score on the initial attempt.


Minimum Passing Score


Initial Exam Fee


Retake Exam Fee

Exam Guide

The exam guide is designed to assist candidates to prepare to sit for the Agricultural Mechanics certification exam. It includes information about the exam, exam objectives, recommended references and sample items – all with the intent of helping candidates achieve a passing score. AEST recommends a combination of classroom instruction and self-study to maximize a candidate’s chance of earning industry certification.

Exam References

Primary references and secondary references posted on AEST’s website are available for candidates to use to prepare to sit for the Agricultural Mechanics industry certification exam, though other resources may be used to effectively prepare as well.

  • Agriscience: Fundamentals and Applications
    AUTHOR: L. DeVere Burton ISBN-13: 9781133686880
  • Agricultural Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications
    AUTHOR: Ray V. Herren ISBN-13: 9781285058955
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  • Refrigeration_101