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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program. It is an annual training open to youth 8-21 years of age and focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and life skill development. For further details, please contact your local extension office or visit the program website, www.yqca.org.  To register for training, create a user account here. Kansas 4-H members may use their family 4HOnline credentials to log in and register for the appropriate training. 

Youth who are FFA members or non-4-H members need to create an independent user account.

As of June 1, 2018, the Youth PQA Plus program has been retired and users are being transitioned to YQCA.  The National Pork Board will honor Youth PQA Plus certifications until they expire, but new certifications will no longer be issued. Youth are encouraged to use YQCA if they need livestock quality assurance training.


Kansas YQCA Requirement Flyer

Kansas YQCA Requirement Family Memo (2021)

YQCA Certificate Printing Instructions

YQCA Promotional Video

Purchasing Coupons

YQCA Coupon Order Form

Getting Your YQCA Certification

Web-based Certification Instructions

Instructor-led Certification Instructions (face-to-face class)

Test Out Certification Instructions (only available for youth 12 and 15 years of age on Jan. 1)


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Lexie Hayes
Animal Sciences and Industry
Kansas State University
214 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
Phone: 785-532-1264
Fax: 785-532-7059