Youth Quality Assurance Program
The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) curriculum
enhances the educational experience for youth who show or produce livestock. It
is a national, multi-species, science-based program for ages 8 to 21. The training is delivered in age-appropriate materials for junior, intermediate, senior, and young adult groups.
YQCA was developed by a group of livestock industry
professionals and educators, and expands on a program developed by the National
Pork Board. The program focuses on three core pillars – animal well-being, food
safety, and character development.
YQCA certification can be earned in three ways — online
training, instructor-led training, or test out. As noted, the training applies
to swine and other species such as cattle, sheep, goats, etc., so this is good training for youth working with several species.
Certification for Fairs and Livestock Shows
certification is accepted – and may be required for many state fairs and other livestock shows that require youth quality assurance certification.