The National Collegiate Livestock Coaches Association Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certification requires students to identify and analyze livestock breeds and their external anatomy. 



Certification Overview

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.

They will also need 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