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Exam Overview

Agritechnology encompasses the study of environmental resource conservation and management, plant growth and reproduction, animal systems and livestock management, along with mechanics and business, with an emphasis on applications to agriculture, food and natural resource systems.

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.

“Industry certifications are a great channel to prepare students for the workforce.”
-Kerrie Campbell, Vice President, Human Resources – Phosphates, The Mosiac Company

See what industry is saying about the Agritechnology Specialist Certification

Industry Support Letters


Since forming in 2004, Mosaic has grown to be a global leader in phosphates and potash crop nutrition. We are proud to be a competitive low-cost producer with strong customer relationships, and the financial strength to invest in growth and innovation. And we’ve led the industry in developing high-quality performance products that help growers succeed. None of Mosaic’s success would be possible without our greatest asset—our people.

Each employee at Mosaic adheres to the same company wide principles and priorities, and contributes to our company strategy: to win in our core businesses of phosphates, potash and international distribution, and to grow in new ways. To learn more about careers at Mosaic, please visit


Industry Readiness Indicators

Industry partners have identified the industry readiness indicators that are measured on the Agritechnology 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 Agritechnology 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 Agritechnology industry certification exam, though other resources may be used to effectively prepare as well.