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.