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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Production Agriculture-Teacher Test (5185)



NOCTI-Approved Area Test Centers throughout the United States.

September 2011 - December 2018.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: describe anatomy and physiology; explain grading and judging; describe handling and shipment of animals and products; explain genetics and breeding; describe feeds and feeding; describe specific beef production operations, including breeds and types; describe specific dairy, poultry, equine, aquaculture, small animal, swine, and sheep/goat operations, including breeds and types; conserve and protect water, land, and soil resources; recycle and manage waste products; research and develop new, renewable energy sources, including biofuels; identify and describe plant anatomy and physiology; describe taxonomy and plant identification; explain plant genetics, breeding, and propagation; formulate, mix, and properly handle agricultural chemicals; identify plant pests and practice pest control and identify and classify plant diseases; calculate fertilizer rates and costs; determine populations and planting rates; discuss harvesting and storage of crops; identify plant nutrient requirements; describe preparation of land for efficient cropping; exhibit knowledge of land judging and soil management concepts; identify and discuss soil tests and various amendments; maintain tools and equipment; perform calculations and measurements used in agricultural technology; describe basic welding, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry practices; explain maintenance of agricultural and livestock containment structures; operate, maintain, and service engines; safely operate, maintain, and repair agricultural machinery; identify sources of credit; use appropriate tax management skills; describe types of farm businesses and enterprises, including cooperatives; Identify assets, liabilities, and net worth; calculate net worth, income and expenses, and cash flow statements; identify fixed and variable costs; compute market values of livestock and costs of ownership; Interpret and apply analysis of financial tools and record keeping systems; determine factors of risk management; identify marketing and distribution networks, channels, and processes; identify agricultural-based sales and marketing skills and principles of agri-business economics, including supply/demand;  and describe career opportunities and advancement pathways. Performance Component: Vehicle Maintenance (20%), Calculate Net Worth (28%), Determine Genotypes and Phenotypes (Punnett Square) (14%), Crop Leaf Identification (6%), Administer an Injection (18%), and Compute Acreage (14%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours as an elective in Agriculture, Agriculture Business, Animal Science, Plant Science or Crop Production (5/12) (5/17 revalidation).