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YQCA {Youth for the Quality Care of Animals}

May 5, 2021

To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals. This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. More information about YQCA is available at http://yqca.org. While this is a new requirement, it should not be viewed as just another rule but rather as an important educational opportunity for 4-H livestock members. Making this an exhibition rule is how we are ensuring that 4-H members learn about quality assurance, but it really has nothing to do with animal exhibition. This is required so youth learn best management practices with their animals. The goals of having 4-H members complete the YQCA program include ensuring that:

  1. Youth will be more prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors.
  2. Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
  3. 4-H members are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.

This will provide quality assurance education on all species not just swine, as we have used the Pork Quality Assurance Program in the past. The PQA program will be phasing out effective 12/31/2017 and the new YQCA will replace the current PQA program. Several of the national shows are already utilizing this program. If your PQA certification is still valid in 2021, you will be grandfathered in and will not need to take the YQCA course this year. The PQA certification will cover all species you are showing for this year. If you need to know if you are still certified under PQA, please contact our office by calling 317-462-1113.       

Each 4-H member must register for instructor-led trainings prior to arriving at the session. To register you need to go to https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login. You will use your 4-H Online account information to login using the 4-H Online portion on the left side of the screen. Once you have logged into the system you will have to register each youth member that needs this certification. Step-by-step instructions can be found attached below. 

Each 4-H member will then come to a screen that shows different courses based on their age level. Select the course appropriate for their age. You will select the age you turned in the previous calendar year. Once you have selected the course you will see a different screen that shows two option: web-based ($12) or instructor –led ($3). If you want to register to take the training in person through Purdue Extension Hancock County, you must select the $3.00 option and pay via credit card. The only way to pay for this training is by credit card online. We cannot accept cash or check for this. Financial assistance from our office can be provided upon request.

Each 4-H member will also have the option of taking the web-based option for $12.00. If you decide to go this route, you do not have to attend a training session in person. You will take the course online at home, on your own time. However, the difference between the web-based program and instructor led program is with the web-based program you will have to take a test at the end. If you do not pass the test you will be locked out of the system for 1 hour and then have to retake the test until you pass it. 

Those that attend the instructor– led training do not have to take a test, just coming and participating in the training will certify you that evening. You must register for the instructor – led training prior to coming the class. A step-by-step guide on how to register can be found below. 

Online Test Out Option

The newest change comes in the form of the online test out option for youth in the intermediate, senior, and young adult categories. This will be an accepted form of certification for Indiana 4-H members. Those individuals wishing to test out must meet the following criteria:


If you have trouble with your YQCA profile, you can contact help@yqca.org

More information about this program can be found here: https://extension.purdue.edu/4h/Pages/Online-Animal-Ethics-Program.aspx 

Check out this quick video made by Harrison County on how to sign-up for a workshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8MKDooXt4k&feature=youtu.be 

Hancock County will be offering the last in-person training for the year on May 12th at 6:00pm at the Sarah Burke 4-H Exhibit Hall, 620 Apple Street. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to sign in. 


The YQCA training is required by June 1st for Hancock County. You will not be able to unload your animals for the 2021 Hancock County Fair or participate at the 2021 Indiana State Fair if you do not complete the YQCA training.


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