The NCLCA Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification was developed to address the need for formal training opportunities to help fulfill the more than 500 job classifications (American Society of Animal Science) within the animal science industry.
The certification addresses industry valued and accepted standards produced by the National Collegiate Livestock Coaches’ Association (NCLCA), and the certification serves as a validation of knowledge and skills needed to enter a variety of animal science careers, specifically those related to the selection of breeding and market animals. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to enter highly-specialized roles within the industry. Additionally, the certification allows employers to connect with more skilled candidates.
The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and concepts from the following industry standard areas.
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)
Terms & Terminology
External Components of Livestock
External Anatomy Identification (cattle, goat, sheep, swine)
SELECTION & EVALUATION CRITERIA
The NCLCA 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 and is known nationally for providing students relevant and applicable knowledge of the livestock industry as well as honing important employability skills, such as communication, character and leadership, with the overall goal of making students more marketable to potential employers as evidenced by the multitude of companies and associations endorsing the certification. Attached is a sampling of letters of endorsement from various industry sectors for this certification.
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