Youth PQA Plus to replace Youth PQA as the pork quality and animal well-being certification program for producers eight to 19.

On June 1, 2008, after a one-year phase-in that began in June 2007, Youth PQA Plus will completely replace Youth PQA as the food safety, antibiotic use and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers of ages eight to 19.

Youth PQA Plus mirrors the content of the industry’s adult program Pork Quality Assurance Plus™, or PQA Plus™, but presents it in a format conducive to the learning of youth.

The structure behind the youth program is similar to that behind the adult program PQA Plus. Youth receive training from certified Youth PQA Plus advisors who have received training from certified Youth PQA Plus (state) trainers. Youth who attend class will be granted a one- year certification. Youth aged 12 to 19 have the option to take a closed-book test and certify for a multi-year certification. Please refer to the Youth PQA Plus Minimum Standards for more information.

Visit the Youth PQA Plus Frequently Asked Questions tab to find out how to become certified in Youth PQA Plus! If you need more information, call (800) 456-7675.

Youth PQA Plus advisors and trainers are the backbone of Youth PQA Plus.

Youth PQA Plus advisors and trainers are the backbone of Youth PQA Plus. They carry the Youth PQA Plus program to youth producers ages eight to 19. Advisors and trainers are veterinarians, Extension specialists or ag educators who have become certified in Youth PQA Plus and offer training to youth producers (advisors) or certify advisors to train youth (trainers).

Youth PQA Plus advisors and trainers must become certified through Youth PQA Plus certification training. Qualified Youth PQA Plus advisor candidates must receive Youth PQA Plus advisor training and pass an examination. Advisor certification is valid for three years. Web-based advisor training and testing is available to current Youth PQA program educators as well as traditional face-to-face sessions.

Youth PQA Plus state trainers also must complete training and pass an examination.

To become certified in Youth PQA Plus, current youth program trainers and individuals wishing to become trainers can contact the Pork Checkoff at (800) 456-7675 to find out how to complete the training.

Youth PQA Plus advisors must be veterinarians, Extension personnel or secondary/post-secondary agriculture instructors, and they must attend a training session provided by their state trainer. To become Youth PQA Plus advisors, interested individuals should contact their state’s trainer.

State programs and equivalency

Some states have pursued state-specific youth quality assurance education and created state-specific programs. An equivalency process that allows the National Pork Board to verify that these state-specific quality assurance programs address all of the minimum standards and key learning objectives of the Youth PQA program exists. Read more about the Youth PQA Plus state program equivalency process by clicking here.

Youth PQA Plus Mission Statement

Youth Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ (Youth PQA Plus™) demonstrates the dedication of America’s youth pork producers and their Advisors to assuring consumers that they are purchasing pork that is safe, of high quality and produced in a responsible manner.