PRINCIPLES OF LIVESTOCK SELECTION & EVALUATION CERTIFICATION

The National Collegiate Livestock Coaches’ Association (NCLCA) Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification verifies individuals have acquired the specialized skills necessary to excel in the livestock industry.

Meeting the Industry Need

The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by NCLCA, an organization known for providing individuals with applicable knowledge of the livestock industry and honing important employability skills such as communication, character and leadership, with the goal of making students more marketable to potential employers.

The certification validates the foundational competencies needed to begin animal science careers, specifically those related to the selection and evaluation of breeding and market animals. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to enter a variety of roles within the industry. Additionally, the certification allows employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jump-starting individuals’ careers.

The need for qualified workers within the agriculture industry is evident and exists at all levels. According to Miranda Driver of CalAgJobs, an organization that works to connect farm businesses with employees, there are two jobs available in agriculture for every new job seeker. In some states, there are four jobs open for every applicant.

Industry Standards

The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:

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BREED IDENTIFICATION

Cattle
Goat
Sheep
Swine

10%

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EXTERNAL ANATOMY

Terms & Terminology
External Components of Livestock
External Anatomy Identification (cattle, goat, sheep, swine)

15%

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EXPECTED PROGENY DIFFERENCES (EPDs) & BREEDING SYSTEMS

Parent Selection (visual, pedigree, performance records, EPDs)
Types of Breeding Systems (grading up, crossbreeding, inbreeding, linebreeding)
Crossbreeding Methods (rotational, rotational-terminal, static, modified static, composite)
Mating Systems (hand, pen, stud, artificial insemination, embryo transfer)

15%

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SELECTION & EVALUATION CRITERIA

Cattle
Goat
Sheep
Swine

60%

About the National Collegiate Livestock Coaches' Association

The National Collegiate Livestock Coaches’ Association provides unique opportunities to develop student knowledge of the livestock industry through educational settings beyond traditional classrooms. The association is comprised of coaches from various universities throughout the United States.

Employer Certification Verification

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