Iowa Pork Industry Center to Offer PQA Plus 3.0 Advisor Certification Training Feb. 13



AMES, Iowa – Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Tuesday, Feb. 13. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher reminded potential applicants that attendance at this all-day session and passage of an exam at the end of the session is required for certification.

“Everyone who wants to attend needs to complete the two-page application form and be approved in order to attend this session,” he said. “The application deadline is Feb. 2 so I encourage people to submit their application soon to ensure receipt in time for approval and payment.”

Rademacher is coordinating the session, which will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center on the Iowa State campus in Ames. There is a 15-person minimum with the application deadline of the earlier of Feb. 2 or when the 30-person maximum is reached.

No walk-ins are allowed and no individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $75 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and the noon meal. The session begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction starting at 9 a.m.

Rademacher said veterinarians who plan to attend the IVMA Winter Conference in Altoona on Feb. 14-15 and want to start or continue their PQA Plus certification are encouraged to consider this opportunity just prior to that meeting.

Those who qualify and are interested in the program should download the application form from the IPIC website, then complete and submit it soon. The form is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document. Applicants may use either version.

To be eligible to submit an application or recertify as a current advisor, people must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training) AND
  2. Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) AND
  3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine has approved seven hours of CE credit for the session.