Pork Quality Assurance Advisor Sessions Set for 2023

Pork quality certification sessions to be held in April, July and October

February 3, 2023, 10:14 am | Chris Rademacher

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled three virtual certification sessions for PQA Plus Advisors in 2023, and applications are now being accepted for all of them. Chris Rademacher, swine veterinarian with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will lead the virtual, synchronous sessions, set for April 21, July 18 and Oct. 2.

“We’re into a new year of PQA version 5.0 training and have set this schedule to allow people to choose the date that works best for them,” he said. “Each session, including the exam, will last approximately six hours."

Swine in swine facility.Rademacher, who also is interim IPIC director, reminds potential applicants that while this session is virtual – meaning no travel is required – the application process hasn't changed.

"Qualification requirements are available on the two-page application form, which is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document from the PQA page on the IPIC website, " he said. "Applicants may use either version. No individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC."

The cost is $85 per person and includes all materials and online access. Registration for each session starts at 8:30 a.m. and the session begins at 9 a.m. Connection information will be shared with approved applicants closer to their session date.

Five hours of CE credit have been approved by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine for each session.

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