To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry, and/or rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the national educational Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program.
This is an annual education program that can be completed via online modules ($12) or in-person training programs ($3). IN-PERSON TRAININGS HELD IN PORTER COUNTY WILL BE FREE TO PORTER COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS! (Thanks to our Porter County 4-H Council and sponsors. If your farm or business would be interested in sponsoring the YQCA program, please contact email@example.com.)
NEW FOR 2019: Online Test-Out Option available at a cost to you of $36 or $48. However, 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.
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 Indiana 4-H is ensuring that 4-H members learn about quality assurance (though actually, the program has nothing to do with animal exhibition). Indiana 4-H is requiring this program so youth learn best management practices with their animals. The YQCA program will:
- Ensure that youth livestock exhibitors are better prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture.
- Ensure that animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
- Ensure that 4-H members are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply for consumers.
- Enhance the future of the livestock industry so that today’s youth producers can become more informed producers, consumers, and/or employees of the agriculture and food industry.
More information about YQCA is available at http://yqca.org.
Program Dates - RSVPs Required
The following sessions have been scheduled at the county government building at 155 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso. RSVP at http://bit.ly/PC2019YQCA.
Thurs. 3/12/19, 6:00-7:15 p.m., Room 102A - RSVP at http://bit.ly/PC2019YQCA.
Thurs. 3/28/19, 1:30-2:45 p.m., Room 102 A - RESERVED FOR DAIRY MEMBERS. Will open up to non-dairy members for sign-up after 3/21/19. Dairy Members RSVP at http://bit.ly/2019DairyYQCA.
Tues. 4/9/19, 6:00-7:15 p.m., Commissioners' Chambers - main level - RSVP at http://bit.ly/PC2019YQCA.
Thurs. 5/9/19, 6:00-7:15 p.m., Commissioners' Chambers - main level - RSVP at http://bit.ly/PC2019YQCA.
Mon. 5/13/19, 6:00-7:15 p.m., Room 102A - RSVP at http://bit.ly/PC2019YQCA.
More dates may be added as these fill up.
After completion of your instructor-led training course, Porter County 4-Hers will receive a unique coupon code, courtesy of the Porter County 4-H Council. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to use your coupon code to register your participation online. Step by step instructions will be provided at the program and are available for download at the bottom of this page.
Should you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 465-3555.
Alternative to In-Person Training:
If you were unable to attend one of the in-person sessions, you'll need to complete the YQCA program online, at your own expense, at http://yqca.learngrow.io. Log in with your 4HOnline profile and complete the training online.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- QUESTION: I'm wondering if members whose certification has not expired under PQA for the swine project still need to complete the new YQCA program. They sound similar in content. ANSWER: According to the information I have received, youth with multi-year PQA certification will be grandfathered in until that certification expires.
- QUESTION: What dates will in-person workshops be held? ANSWER: See above for more information.
- QUESTION: Will members be required to pre-register for their preferred workshop date? ANSWER: Yes. Please RSVP at the links noted in the above information.
- QUESTION: Will the number of participants who can attend each session be limited? ANSWER: Yes. We anticipate that each session will be open to 30-50 4-H members. The number who can attend is dependent on size of meeting space and considerations for effective class size.
- QUESTION: Do I have to report online after I attend the course? ANSWER: Yes. At the conclusion of the in-person class, you will be given a coupon code (valued at $3) and written instructions on the next step, which will be to register your participation in the YQCA website that is linked to your 4HOnline account. (Step-by-step instructions are available for download at the bottom of this page.)
- QUESTION: Is there a quiz for the 4-Hers to complete at the conclusion of the in-person training session? ANSWER: No. Currently, the in-person YQCA program is dependent on participation, there is no quiz component.