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The Youth for Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) online learning experience was created by a collection of livestock and 4-H specialists from across the Midwest to continue Iowa 4-H’s invested commitment to teaching youth to produce safe and quality food for consumption. This training is designed to help prepare 4-Hers to be a young producers in the animal agriculture industry. 4-Hers produce 17 million pounds of meat a year through their 4-H projects, and so two important goals of this program is to be help youth raise animals in a healthy and safe environment which will then produce the safest food possible for our world.

All beef, bucket bottle, swine, sheep, dairy cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, rabbit, and poultry exhibitors are REQUIRED to be YQCA certified to exhibit at the county fair and State Fair. Certification must be complete by June 1 and is good for one calendar year.

For YQCA online certification, use this website. yqcaprogram.org  It does require a log in as it saves your family's testing/certificate history. We suggest using your family’s 4hOnline login email and password to make it easy to remember.  You should be able to see what your child has already taken in the past years. It saves all your completed certificates.

Each child in the family must log in and take their appropriate aged course on their own each year. Select the course based on the child’s age on January 1 of the current year.  Parents are invited and encouraged to watch alongside and learn too! There are three focus topics of the year. You will learn, practice and then test in each topic area. When they have completed all three modules, and it has a certificate,. Print it, save it, and screenshot it.  Put it with their record book.  Cover all your basis so you can find it again if you need it quickly, but then also send a copy to the Extension Office or washington4h@iastate.edu by June 1. 

It costs $12 to take the course, however, County 4-H members can receive a coupon code for free training while coupon codes are available.  Contact washington4h@iastate.edu or 319-653-4811 to get a coupon code before you plan to sit down and take the course.  Each code is unique to a child and can be used one time. 

Family help sheet with step-by-step log in directions is available here


In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities. With over 15,000 Iowa 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects, about 17 million pounds of meat is produced each year.

The goal of this program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible.