Exam Overview

Agricultural Biotechnology, one of the state’s fastest growing programs, certifies that individuals have a knowledge and skill set applicable to entry level positions in the agricultural industry, plant biotechnology laboratories and much more.  This certification exam covers:

  • General agricultural laboratory safety
  • Application and regulations for biotechnology
  • Laboratory skills, including: record maintenance, operating procedures, DNA extraction, buffer preparation, etc.
  • Tissue and cell culture techniques
  • Biotechnological applications to agriculture, food and natural resources
  • Genetic principles (inheritance, DNA, expression)
  • Scientific reasoning, mathematics and physical science skills


The certification standards for the Agricultural Biotechnology Certification 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 Exam Fee

$50 Re-Take Exam Fee

65% Minimum Score

Questions for the certification exam were developed by industry professionals and university professors using the identified references and resources.  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 Biotechnology 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


Introduction to Biotechnology Ray V. Herren ISBN-13: 9781435498372