Skip to main content

Agriculture Systems


Exam Overview

Agriculture Systems encompasses the study of basic skills and principles of agricultural systems used in the dairy, beef, swine, poultry, vegetable, nursery and landscape, and food science industries. 

By Industry… For Industry

Certifications were developed through comprehensive needs assessments and job analysis within the agriculture industry. AEST Certifications are meeting industry needs by identifying workers with specific, employer-demanded knowledge, skills and abilities to support hiring practices and fill the gap in employment needs.

“These certifications allow employers to easily identify qualified candidates that will meet their workforce needs.” -Danielle Daum, Happiness Farms, Inc.

See what industry is saying about the Agriculture Systems Associate Certification

Industry Support Letters

Industry Readiness Indicators

Industry partners have identified the industry readiness indicators that are measured on the Agriculture Systems 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 50 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.


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 Agriculture Systems 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 Agriculture Systems industry certification exam, though other resources may be used to effectively prepare as well.

  • Exploring Agriscience, 5th Edition
    Author: Ray V. Herren ISBN-13: 9781305949706