Developed in collaboration with the National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association, the Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification requires students to identify and analyze livestock breeds and the external anatomy of each livestock species.



Certification Overview

The Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification requires students to show understanding of selection criteria and major factors considered in livestock evaluation. The certification consists of 12 modules and a 100-question final certification exam.

"'s extremely critical that we continue to develop competent agricultural career-ready students, both coming straight out of high school and at the college level."

Ryan Rathmann, Ph.D.
National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association


  • Agricultural Science


  • Analyze the growth and development of the livestock industry as a global economy.
  • Evaluate the marketing practices for livestock, meat and meat products.
  • Identify and analyze livestock breeds including each breed's origins, characteristics and primary use.
  • Identify, analyze and compare external anatomy of livestock species.
  • Examine the stages of animal growth and relate them to market readiness.
  • Understand and apply the selection and evaluation criteria for breeding and market animals.


  • The Livestock Industry
  • Livestock Breed ID Series (four lessons; one for each species)
  • The External Anatomy of LIvestock: Terms & Terminology
  • Livestock Breeding Systems
  • Livestock Judging Fundamentals
  • Livestock Judging: Breeding Heifer Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging: Market Steer Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging: Breeding Gilt Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging: Market Hog Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging: Breeding Sheep Evaluation
  • Livestock Judging: Market Lamb Evaluation
  • Livestock Grading: Slaughter Cattle