A-P is a YQCA Instructor-Led Certified Program
The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) curriculum enhances the educational experience for youth who show or produce livestock. It is a national, multi-species, science-based program for ages 8 to 21.
YQCA is the result of a collaborative effort between states that have previously offered multi-species youth livestock quality assurance programs, the National Pork Board’s Youth PQA Plus program and representatives from other national livestock groups.
The program has been designed by extension specialists and national livestock program managers to ensure it is accurate, current and relevant to the needs of the animal industry and shows and is appropriate for youth.
YQCA certification can be earned in three ways - online training, instructor-led training, or test out. It focuses on three core pillars - food safety, animal well-being and character development - for the following animals:
YQCA is required for all county fair exhibitors (both 4-H/ FFA), as well as all State Fair FFA and 4-H exhibitors.