Youth for the Quality Care of Animals
Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance training through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). YQCA is a national multi-species quality assurance program focused on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. YQCA training is completed online through self-directed courses. Some counties may also offer face-to-face YQCA trainings. For more information about local in-person training opportunities, please contact your local Extension office.
Nebraska 4-H youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete the YQCA online course annually. The deadline to complete your annual YQCA training is determined by your local Extension office. Please check your local county information to ensure that you meet the deadline for county fair exhibition. 4-H members who exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to have their YQCA training requirements met by the date of entry for those respective shows.
Youth enrolled in any of following projects or project areas will need to complete YQCA training.
- Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)
- Dairy Cattle
- Goat (breeding meat goat, diary goat, meat goat)
- Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
- Swine (breeding swine, market swine)
LOGIN & COURSE COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1: Login & create account
You will be prompted to select the state 4-H program you are enrolled in. Select "Nebraska 4-H Youth Development".
Then, enter the login information for your family 4-H Online account.
After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select a family member and begin the account creation process.
After creating your account, you can still log in using your 4-H Online credentials. The username will be used if you decide to disconnect your account from 4-H Online.
STEP 2: Accessing & Paying for Courses
To begin a course, click one of the courses listed.
Be sure to select the web-based version.
Read the descriptions of the courses carefully to make sure the individual associated with the account meets the requirements.
Select the appropriate course and course options for the participant. Youth completing lessons on their own time must select and pay for the "Web-Based Training" option. The Instructor-Led Training option is only for face-to-face YQCA trainings.
Purchase the course by entering your credit card information or entering your coupon code provided by your local Extension office, if applicable.
STEP 3: Accessing Certificates of Completion
Once all of the lesson quizzes have been successfully completed, the participant will have access to their Certificate of Completion. Return to the course menu screen to print the certificate. Certificates can be downloaded as PDF files and/or sent electronically.
Certificates will need to be delivered to your local Extension office.
Swine Exhibitors: The number on your Certificate of Completion will be used as the number that will be asked for by swine buyers.