endorsed by American Meat Science Association

The Meat Evaluation Certification endorsed by the American Meat Science Association requires students to define the major factors utilized in carcass grading and evaluation.



Certification Overview

Students are asked to display a thorough understanding of meat carcass quality grading, meat handling and food safety, as well as the slaughter and fabrication process. The certification consists of 12 modules and a 100-question final certification exam.

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Gary C. Smith, Ph.D.
American Meat Science Association


  • Agricultural Science


  • Define the major factors utilized in carcass grading as well as carcass and cut evaluation. 
  • Understand the fundamentals of judging beef, pork and lamb carcasses.
  • Understand the USDA grade standards.
  • Identify cuts of meat as well as muscle and bone.
  • Understand slaughter and fabrication process.


  • Background of the American Meat Science Association
  • Harvesting of Livestock
  • Meat Science & Food Handling
  • Meat Judging Fundamentals
  • Beef Grading: Quality
  • Beef Grading: Yield
  • Retail Cut ID
  • Beef Forequarter: Fabrication & Retail ID
  • Beef Hindquarter: Fabrication & Retail ID
  • EXCEL Beef Plant: Fabrication
  • EXCEL Pork Plant: Fabrication
  • AMSA Meat Evaluation Certification Review