Youth Pork Quality Assurance® Plus
Youth PQA Plus® is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages eight to 19. Youth PQA Plus mirrors the content of the industry’s adult program Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®), but presents it in a format conducive to youth learning.
When using the original face-to-face training and certification model, youth receive training from certified Youth PQA Plus advisors who have received training from certified Youth PQA Plus (state) trainers or complete the online learning and certification process. Youth who attend class will be granted a one- year certification. Youth aged 12 to 19 have the option to attend a face-to-face training and complete a closed-book test or complete an online module and closed-book test, for a multi-year certification. Please refer to the Youth PQA Plus Minimum Standards for more information.
In 2014, changes to the program included an online training, testing, and certification option. Delivered in the form of an engaging, interactive online module, the new online option allows participants to learn, test, and become certified in Youth PQA Plus. For youth age 12 and under, a parent log-in for security is required.
Beginners who participate in the online module will receive a one year certification. Intermediate and senior youth, depending on their age at the time of completing the course and if they pass the exam, could receive a three year certification, or certification lasting until they age out of their division if it’s less than three years, and move into the next age division. If an intermediate or senior youth member does not pass their exam online, they will receive a one year certification.
Visit the Youth PQA Plus Frequently Asked Questions tab to find out how to become certified in Youth PQA Plus! If you need more information, call (800) 456-PORK.