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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Certification (YQCA)

June 20, 2019

What is YQCA?

The Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Program (YQCA) is a program that will provide quality assurance education on all livestock species. YQCA is a national quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. Certification is an annual requirement for Indiana 4-H members to exhibit livestock.

YQCA includes information for youth exhibiting Swine, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, and Poultry. YQCA is available as an online program or an in-person training. Youth may complete the training online ( at a cost of $12 or they can participate in an in-person training for $3.  Financial assistance is available for those who need it for the in-person trainings only.

Want to understand more about the background and purpose of YQCA? Check out the Purdue Barn Chatter at There is a written and audio version.

The Requirements:

In order to exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits, 4-H members must be certified through the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals. This is an annual program that can be completed via online modules or in-person trainings. More information about YQCA is available at This requirement should not be viewed as just another rule, but rather as an important educational opportunity for 4-H livestock members. Making this an exhibition rule is how we are ensuring that 4-H members learn about quality assurance, but it really has nothing to do with animal exhibition. The real reason we are requiring this this is so youth learn best management practices with their animals. The goals of having 4-H members complete the YQCA program include ensuring that youth will be more prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture in their role as youth livestock exhibitors; that animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care, and 4-H members are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply."

How to get certified:

There are three ways to complete your certification (choose one):

  1. PORK QUALITY ASSURANCE: Youth who have completed the Pork Quality Assurance program and have a current certificate, do not need to take YQCA, unless their certification expires before the fair.
  2. YQCA ONLINE:  Youth may complete the entire YQCA course online, and pay a $12 fee. Be sure to log in using your 4honline account. There is also an option to test out for youth in their first year of each level.
  3. YQCA IN PERSON: Youth may attend an in-person training for a $3 fee. Youth must register and pay online prior to the training. Financial assistance is available upon request for the in-person trainings only.

2019 Franklin County Trainings are all at the Franklin County Government Center at 6 PM, the dates are:

Thursday February 21

Tuesday, March 19

Wednesday, April 17

NEW DATE: Tuesday, July 2, 5 PM @ Franklin County 4-H Fairgrounds - Building #4

You must register and pay online, BEFORE the class!

You can find a detailed document (with screenshots) in the files below to help you see how to register for classes. You can also contact the Purdue Extension- Franklin County Office with any questions you may have. We have computers in the office you can use to register for a class. 

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