Youth & Parents

YQCA certification is designed to be useful and help prepare you for your show but also prepare you as a young producer in animal agriculture industry. That’s why the program includes information on multiple species even though you may only be raising one or two – we hope that you see that by raising animals you are part of a larger community that relies on the good faith of everyone doing their part. Also, we hope this training continues to spark your interest in animal agriculture so that you consider pursuing a career in the industry or becoming an entrepreneur and continuing to raise animals to meet the demands of a growing world.

If you ever have questions about YQCA, please contact If you ever have issues with the system, with your certification or any technical difficulties, please contact Your extension educator, ag teacher or other advisor may be able to help, but our team of dedicated support professionals will respond as quickly as possible to help you.

A Few Notes

  1. Check the List of Fairs & Shows and their requirements page to see if the shows you want to attend require an in-person training. Double-check by reading the entry requirements or by checking with the show manager.
  2. If you are currently a 4-H member and your state uses 4-HOnline, you have the option of creating your YQCA account using your 4-HOnline account. This will link the two and allow your YQCA certification to show in your 4-HOnline profile.
  3. If you need assistance with helping your youth earn their certification, please check out these help documents to guide you through the process. Click “here” for earning certification through an instructor-led session or “here” for earning certification through the web based program.
  4. When you register for YQCA, you will be presented options for the online program or for any applicable in-person workshops offered in your state. Check the rules for eligibility for in-person trainings.
  5. You will need to be prepared to pay for the cost of the YQCA training when you register in the system. Credit cards, debit cards and coupon codes are accepted. If you are uncomfortable using a credit card or debit card for online purchases, find a friend or educator that will willingly buy the coupon codes you need and pay them back.
  6. If you currently rely on Youth PQA or Nebraska Extension’s online program for quality assurance training, prepare to transition to YQCA. Both are supporting the move to YQCA, and have discontinued their programming. Leaders from both groups were instrumental in the design and development of YQCA.
  7. Finally, enjoy the program. A lot of people put a lot of effort to make sure that each program was appropriate and engaging for each age level. We hope this is part of the educational foundation for your animal project.