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Natural Resources


Exam Overview

Natural Resources encompasses the study of the management, improvement, and conservation practices of ecosystems, agroecosystems, soil, water, air, wildlife, wetlands, and forests.

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.

“Companies of all stripes will recognize the benefit of an employee receiving certification as an example of that person’s willingness to undertake a myriad of important ecological challenges.”  -Michael D. Martin, Martin Law Office

See what industry is saying about the Natural Resources Specialist Certification

Industry Support Letters

Industry Readiness Indicators

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

  • Agriscience: Fundamentals and Applications, 6th Edition
    Author: L. DeVere Burton ISBN-13: 9781133686880
  • Managing Our Natural Resources, 6th Edition
    Authors: William G. Camp & Betty Heath-Camp ISBN-13:  9781285835075