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March 27, 2020

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

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.

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 http://yqca.org. when signing up.

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. We recommend registering at least a week prior to the class being offered. You MUST register for the class before attending.

What if I don 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? In most instances, your certification is valid for one year.

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.

This is an important educational opportunity for 4-H livestock members to learn about quality assurance and best management practices with their animals. The goals of having 4-H members complete the YQCA program include ensuring that:

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


1. To sign up for a training go to www.yqca.org and create your YQCA account by logging in with the same info as your 4-H online profile.
2. You will select either web-based training (cost is $12) or instructor-led training (cost is $3)
3. When you are selecting your course, it is your age as of December 31st of last year.
4. Web-based training, you will register, pay and complete the training on line and then print your certificate.
5. Instructor-led training, you will register and pay on line BEFORE you attend the training. Below is a list of trainings in our area. At the conclusion of the training, the instructor will go on line and verify your attendance at the training.
6. One week following your in-person training, you can go on line and print your certificate.

Instructor-led trainings at Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds

Time:  6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Dates & Locations:

Tuesday, April 28-Hall B - CANCELED

Thursday, May 28-Hall C

Monday, June 22-Hall C

New for 2019: online test out option for youth in the intermediate and senior age categories.
 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. 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.

4-H’ers may count this certification training as one of their livestock project manual activities in each species they are exhibiting.

To exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, meat goats, dairy goats, poultry and rabbits, you must be YQCA certified by July 1.

If you have questions about the YQCA program, please contact Lisa Hanni at the Extension Office,
317.776.0854 or


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