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BASF Plant Science Certification

The BASF Plant Science Certification verifies individuals have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in a variety of plant, natural and environmental science related fields.

Meeting the Industry Need

The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by BASF, an internationally known brand recognized for providing solutions to reflect the specific needs of farmers’ fields, crops and soil for more than 15 years. BASF helps provide an adequate supply of high-quality food, feed and renewable plant-based raw materials. For those endeavors, BASF focuses on developing and successfully commercializing innovative products and solutions based on scientific knowledge.

The certification validates individuals are prepared to play a vital role in ensuring agricultural productivity. Additionally, the certification allows employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates, filling gaps in the labor market and jump-starting individuals’ careers.


Discover job opportunities aligned with the skills acquired through this certification.

There are more than 100 career titles working with plants, spanning across art, science, technology, and business, fostering a projected growth rate of 5 – 8 % according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Related Occupations

  • Landscaping & Groundskeeping Workers
  • Horticulturalist
  • Agronomist
  • Plant Geneticists
  • Crop Farmers

Industry Standards

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


Plant Anatomy
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Plant Structures



Classification & Nomenclature
  • Plant Types
  • Plant Classification
  • Taxonomic Hierarchy
  • Cells, Tissues, Organs & Organ Systems



Plant Processes
  • Cell Cycle
  • Plant Life Cycle
  • Plant Growth
  • Plant Hormones & Growth Regulators
  • Photosynthesis, Respiration & Transpiration
  • Plant Nutrition



Plant Genetics
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Breeding
  • Biotechnology



Crop Production
  • Midwest Region
  • Northeast Region
  • Southern Region
  • Western Region



Plant Pests
  • Bacterial Diseases
  • Fungal Diseases
  • Viruses
  • Chewing Insects
  • Sucking Insects
  • Vertebrates
  • Weeds



Fertilizers, Pesticides & Herbicides
  • Application Methods
  • Equipment
  • Records & Schedules
  • Proper Handling & Storage
  • Effects on the Environment



Water Resources
  • Properties of Water
  • Sources of Water
  • Hydrologic Cycle
  • Freshwater Storage
  • Water Quality & Pollution
  • Wastewater
  • Water Rights
  • Water & Watershed Conservation



Optional Cert Prep


Optional Certification Preparation Materials

The iCEV online curriculum platform offers a variety of preparatory content and resources designed to prepare individuals to earn industry certifications.

Featured Support Letters

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About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Around 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €78.6 billion in 2021. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at

"At BASF, our goal is to build a sustainable future for agriculture through scientific innovation. The Plant Science Certification will provide a foundation to build on for tomorrow's leaders as they seek to meet social demands for food and fiber."

Ginger G. Light, Ph.D.
Head of Trait Development Operational Planning and Excellence

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If you do not have a certification number, please contact our customer support team to verify your candidate at: or 1-800-922-9965.

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