The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 4.0 adviser certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Sept. 20 at ISU in Ames. Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the training session, the latest in an ongoing effort to help meet industry demand.
"For those people who are recertifying, they should plan on an approximate 4-hour session, followed by an exam," he says. "Those being certified for the first time will spend approximately seven hours of classroom time, followed by an exam.
“We've already held several adviser certification sessions in advance of the official program update. This newly scheduled session will help us reach even more who need to be certified as advisers."
Eligibility to apply for adviser training
To be eligible to submit an application or recertify as a current adviser, people must meet the following three qualifications:
- 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)
- Have a D.V.M. degree, or a bachelor’s degree in animal science (or equivalent)
- Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience
Those who qualify and are interested in attending the program should download the two-page application form from the certification page on the IPIC website and complete and submit the form. The form is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document. Applicants may use either version.
This session will be held at Hansen Ag Student Learning Center on the ISU campus in Ames. There is a 15-person minimum with application deadline of either Sept. 6 or when the 30-person maximum is reached, whichever occurs earlier. No walk-ins allowed, and no individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved, and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. Cost is $85 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and noon meal.
The session begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction starts at 9 a.m. The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine has approved 5 hours of CE credit for this session.
About the Iowa Pork Industry Center
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of agriculture (now Agriculture & Life Sciences) and veterinary medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.
IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.Source: IPIC, which is responsible for information provided and is wholly owned by source. Informa Business Media and subsidiaries aren’t responsible for content in this information asset.