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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Egg Candling Certification

UPDATE: At this time, ALL in-person Egg Candling Classes are cancelled due to COVID-19. The Department is looking at ways to continue offering this service in a safe and effective manner for Georgia residents in the future. We will make an announcement once the classes start back up. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Lee Lancaster
Lee.Lancaster@agr.georgia.gov
(404) 656-3680

Georgians who want to produce and offer for sale shell eggs must comply with the Georgia Egg Law and obtain an egg candling certificate in order to sell their eggs at retail to the end consumer. Each person who will act as a candler of eggs offered for sale must obtain a certification from the Department of Agriculture. Candlers may receive this certification, through a webinar at a cost of $25 per individual, after demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Department their capabilities and qualifications as an egg candler.

You can obtain an egg candling certification by attending an online Egg Candling Class and then successfully completing a virtual examination.  The exam tests both your knowledge and your practical ability to distinguish between grades of edible eggs and determine losses.  The class and exam are both administered by GDA staff.  Please check the website's Agriculture Calendar to find out about upcoming classes.  Classes are held online at various times during the year, and there is a small fee to register for a class.  The recommended study materials to successfully complete the Egg Candling Course include the Egg Grading Information, Basic Regulatory Requirements for Small Egg Producers, and the USDA Federal Egg-Grading Manual, available for download on this page.

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