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:
- Youth will be more prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors.
- Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
- 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:
- This is only available to youth in the first year of intermediate (age 12), senior (age 15) and young adult (age 19). There is no test-out option for juniors. At the bottom of the “Course List” page are the test-out options for these age levels.
- The test consists of 50 questions and requires a pass rate of 80% or better for certification.
- If passed, the certification will last through the end of a user’s age level (intermediate – ages 12, 13 and 14; senior – ages 15, 16, 17 and 18; and young adult – ages 19, 20 and 21.)
- The intermediate and young adult test-out course will cost $36 ($12 x 3 years of certification) and the senior test-out course will cost $48 ($12 x 4 years of certification.) If passed, users will receive access to online modules that correspond with the age levels indicated above, found on the user’s “My Library” page.
- Users will have one chance to take the test-out option. If they fail, they will not be provided another opportunity for that level of certification. If the youth passes, payment for the completed test out course will be required after the completion of the test. No payment is required to attempt the test.
- Participants attempting and not passing will be prompted to take the instructor-led training or web-based training annually.
- It is the user’s responsibility to ask if their state recognizes YQCA certification via the test-out option.
If you have trouble with your YQCA profile, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What if I show multiple animal species?: You only need to complete the certification once per year, and that will apply to each of your animals.
- How long does the in-person class take?: It is approximately one hour but please come early to sign up before the class starts.
- What if I still have a valid PQA Certification?: Currently, if you have a valid PQA Certification, it will be honored until it expires, even if you show multiple species.
- When should I register for a class?: As soon as possible! Space is limited in each class, and we recommend registering at least a week prior to the class being offered.
- What if I do not remember my 4HOnline email address?: Contact our office, and we can tell you what it is. If you do not sign in with 4HOnline, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to gain access to your completion information. If you do not remember your password, you can reset that yourself using the "Forgot Password" option at https://in.4honline.com
- How long is my certification valid?: The in-person trainings are only valid for 1 year. There is an online test out option now outlined above.
- What if I am not selling my animal in the Auction?: This is not an auction requirement, it is an exhibit requirement, so to show your animal, you must complete the certification.
- Do Mini 4-H Members need a YQCA Certification?: No, this is for 4-H members in grades 3-12.
- Can I attend a YQCA In-Person Training in another county?: Yes, if our schedule does not work for you, you can attend a class in any other county. You can find all classes listed at yqca.org when signing up.
- When should I register for a class?: As soon as possible! Space is limited in each class. You MUST register for a class before attending.