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Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Agriculture


Exam Overview

Developed in collaboration with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s leader in aviation and aerospace education, this certification encompasses the study of UAS technologies used to monitor plant growth, evaluate soil conditions, monitor animal operations, develop integrated pest management plans, make fertilizer recommendations, provide yield estimates of agricultural and forage crops, and make forest management decisions using UAS images and data.

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.

“Agriculture production requires more training and education in the programs of engineering, science and technology, so we can stay competitive and meet the growing demand for sustainable food, fiber, and fuel.” -Dr. Colleen Conklin, Executive Director of the Gaetz Aerospace Institute

See what industry is saying about the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Agriculture Specialist Certification

Industry Support Letters


Industry Readiness Indicators

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

  • Agricultural Uses of UAS Technology (Contact AEST to obtain copies of this curriculum)