What is the difference between Associate and Specialist level certifications?
Associate certifications assess fundamental agriculture knowledge and typically require one year of study, or 150 hours, or more to gain the knowledge needed to earn certification.
What is the difference between Primary References and Secondary References?
Primary references are AEST’s recommendations to help one prepare to sit for a given certification exam. These references include content for all, or a majority, of the industry readiness indicators that will be assessed on a given certification exam.
Is there a charge for creating an account with AEST?
No! AEST only charges for proctored certification exams. Exam pricing information is available at https://aest.ag/certify/.
How can I get an estimate for exam credits?
Printable estimates for exam credits can be generated through the exam delivery platform, https://fbaest.com, using the Exam Price Estimator. Estimates can also be obtained by emailing AESTbilling@ffbf.org.
Who can serve as an AEST proctor at a school site?
A third-party designated proctor must administer all AEST certifications. Third-party proctors for AEST certification exams cannot be agriculture teachers or teachers who provide direct instruction for the content being assessed on the certification exam. Acceptable third-party proctors within a school district include school administrators, computer lab coordinators, media specialists, guidance counselors, testing coordinators, teachers not affiliated with the agriculture program, other non-instructional support staff or school district officials.
How do I report a testing issue or violation – fire alarm, internet outage, cheating incident, etc. – that occurred during an exam session?
In the event an incident occurs that interrupts exam delivery, a report must be filed with AEST. The information provided in the report helps us take the appropriate actions to rectify any problems that may have resulted from the incident. More information on Reporting AEST Testing Irregularities is available in the exam delivery platform’s ‘Quick Tips Toolbox.’