The National Pork Board has launched a revised version of Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus, which includes an online training option. This will allow youth to go through the program at their own pace or in place of attending a face-to-face training or taking the pass-out test at the Grant/Adams Extension office. Online Instructions for Youth PQA Plus Training and Certification.
All youth exhibiting swine projects at the Grant County Fair and Adams County Fair must be certified in the National Youth PQA Program. The Youth PQA program is for youth between the ages of 9 and 18 and youth must re-certify annually by attending an approved Youth PQA Education program; or youth between the age of 12 and 18 may re-certify by testing at the appropriate skill level for their age bracket.
To certify by test, a minimum of 70% of questions must be correctly answered. Once certified by test, the youth is not required to recertify in Youth PQA until the next age bracket and skill level is reached (which is usually 2-3 years).PQA classes are offered between January and June at various locations. Youth between 12 and 18 do not have to attend a classroom training to certify by test. However, no supplemental information maybe used during the administration of the test; the test is a measurement of unassisted knowledge.
A good study guide is the PQA+ manual that is available from the Extension office. Because of postage cost we are asking that you pick up the manuals at the Extension office.Youth between 12 and 18 wishing to take the pass-out test may take the test on Wednesdays between June 11th and July 9th, between 1:00 and 4:00 PM at the Extension office in Moses Lake. Youth planning on taking the test at the Extension office need to call and verify attendance at least one business day prior to the testing date.
Washington State University
Extension Educator, Animal Sciences
1525 E. Wheeler Rd.
Phone: (509) 754-2011, Ext. 4313
PQA Program information at http://www.pork.org/Certification/Default.aspx