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Pork Quality Assurance training set for June 2

Iowa Pork Industry Center will hold a virtual training session for PQA Plus adviser certification.

May 7, 2020

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DEADLINE MAY 19: Register now if you want to attend the upcoming PQA Plus 4.0 adviser certification session. Farm Progress

The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled a new virtual certification session for PQA Plus advisers on June 2. ISU Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the session.

“For people who are eligible for recertification, plan on approximately four hours, followed by an exam,” he says. “Those who are being certified for the first time will spend approximately six hours of classroom time, followed by an exam.” 

He adds, “We've already held several adviser certification sessions, yet we know there are other people who need to be certified under the new version of the program. These sessions continue to help us reach even more people who need to be certified as Pork Quality Assurance advisers.” 

Who can submit an application? 

To be eligible to submit an application for this upcoming training session or to recertify as a current adviser, you must meet all three of 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).  

  2. Have a bachelor’s in animal science (or equivalent).

  3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.

People who qualify should download the two-page application form from the certification page on the IPIC website  and complete and submit the form soon. The form is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document. Applicants may use either version. 

Application deadline May 19 

This session will be held online with access information provided to approved applicants closer to the date of the session. There is a 15-person minimum, and the application deadline is May 19. 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. The session begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction starting at 9 a.m. June 2. 

Five hours of continuing education credit have been requested for this session from the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine. 

IPIC has a COVID-19 page on its website at our COVID-19 page for coronavirus-related information including webinars, resources and other information. 

Source: ISU, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 




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