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Kansas 4-H Tip Sheet

October 15, 2019

New YQCA Certification Materials Available

Submitted by Lexie Hayes

The national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), launched its third year of the program on October 1. Therefore, a new set of educational modules are now available for youth to complete. Extension Agents and Ag Teachers who requested to become certified to teach face-to-face classes should have received an email the first week of October. The training is completed entirely online, through an instructor’s account. Once the certification process is complete, approved instructors will receive the 2019-2020 curriculum via email and are welcome to begin teaching classes. Youth may complete the online training for $12/child, or participate in an instructor-led session for $3/child.

All participants must register and pay through the YQCA site, regardless of the type of training, in order to obtain a number and receive their certificate. A young person’s YQCA certification is valid for one year, so youth need to re-certify annually. The Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and KJLS are expected to continue requiring all exhibitors to complete YQCA to be eligible to exhibit in the 2020 shows. For more information, contact Lexie Hayes (adhayes@ksu.edu; 785-532-1264).