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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.yqcaprogram.org.  To register for training, create a user account on the website.

The YQCA program transitioned to a new platform on March 23, 2022. Families will need to create a new account on the new website. Original accounts on the old platform became inactive after March 22.

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 (2022)

YQCA Certificate Printing Instructions

YQCA Platform Migration Video

Purchasing Coupons

Exchanging Unused Coupons from the Old Platform

Submitting Current YQCA Certification to New Platform

Getting Your Instructor-led YQCA Certification (in-person class)

Getting Your Web-Based YQCA Certification

Test Out Certification Instructions

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




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