Exam Overview

The Agriculture 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:

  • 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
  • Agricultural machinery and facility maintenance and operations
  • Agribusiness marketing and finance concepts
  • Mathematics and physical science skills


The certification standards for the Agriculture Associate exam include the standards and benchmarks identified by relative industry partners.  Each standard is weighted based on industry needs and feedback and are noted below.  The number of questions per standard is determined by the industry weight.

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 66% or above to receive a passing score and the certification.  Retakes are available to individuals who do not meet the minimum score.



66% 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.


The following references were used to develop the questions for the certification exam.  We are proud to partner with Cengage/National Geographic Learning to provide the official references for the exams, along with FFA’s Career Development Events.  Standards that are not covered by an official textbook reference will use additional references (also identified below) and will be made readily-available online.

Official References

Agriscience Fundamentals and Applications Author : L. DeVere Burton 9781435419667 848 Pages Hardcover 5th Edition

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

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