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.
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 certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and skills from the following weighted industry standards:
Terms & Terminology
External Components of Livestock
External Anatomy Identification (cattle, goat, sheep, swine)
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)
SELECTION & EVALUATION CRITERIA
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.
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