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Kansas 4-H Tip Sheet

September 14, 2018

YQCA Instructor Certification

Submitted by Lexie Hayes

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program that was launched in 2017. Youth may participate in the program online, or through a face-to-face class with a certified instructor. This is a fee based program, which is $12/child for the online course or $3/child for a face-to-face session.

Kansas 4-H signed a partnership agreement with the program in 2018, which allowed agents to have the opportunity to obtain their certification and teach youth the curriculum through face-to-face sessions. As the first year comes to a close, YQCA shut down the system on September 1st. So, through the month of September, youth will not be able to access the system to complete the training or obtain a number.

During this time, the YQCA staff will be uploading the new modules and curriculum for the 2018-2019 year, as well as performing system maintenance. Kansas did renew our agreement with YQCA, so agents who were certified last year can re-certify beginning on October 1st. Details will be distributed directly from YQCA to currently certified instructors.

Any additional agents who would like to become certified need to email Lexie at adhayes@ksu.edu to be added to the Kansas list of approved instructors by October 1st. Once agents complete the certification process, their certification will be valid until September 1, 2019.