Exam Overview

Animal Science certifies that individuals have a knowledge and skill set applicable to the animal sector of the agriculture industry including planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, health, safety and environmental issues, and the use and care of animal health-care instruments, animal grooming equipment, animal restraining equipment, and laboratory equipment.


The certification standards for the Animal Science 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.

Study Guide

A study guide for the exam has been created to help you understand what types of questions will be asked.  Additionally, references and chapters that were used for each standard are identified on the references chart.

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 100 questions in length and include multiple choice options for all questions.  Individuals are required to score a 65% or above to receive a passing score and the certification.  Retakes are available to individuals who do not meet the minimum score.

$85.00 Exam Fee

$50.00 Retake Fee

65% Minimum Passing 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 and will be identified on the study guide.

Official References

Agriscience: Fundamentals and Applications AUTHOR: L. DeVere Burton ISBN-13: 9781133686880

Modern Livestock & Poultry Production AUTHORS: Frank Flanders; James R. Gillespie ISBN-13: 9781133283508

Modern Livestock & Poultry Production
AUTHORS: Frank Flanders; James R. Gillespie
ISBN-13: 9781133283508