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.

Requirements

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)
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
  • Swine (breeding swine, market swine)

LOGIN & COURSE COMPLETION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Visit the YQCA login page to begin.
  2. Select "Sign in with 4HOnline," and select "Nebraska 4-H Youth Development" from the dropdown menu.
  3. Use your family 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the active 4-H members in your family. Only active members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All 4-H members will need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations.
  4. Select the name of the 4-H member who is completing the course.
  5. Select the age of the 4-H member in the appropriate box. When the age is selected, the appropriate courses will also be selected.
  6.  Select the online option. (Instructor led classes will be developed by your local instructor.)
  7. Select the credit card payment method, or if applicable, enter your coupon code provided by your local Extension office.
  8. After comleting the three courses, be sure to save and print a copy of your Certficate of Completion. The certificate 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. 

All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to help@yqca.org