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


STEP 1: Login & create account

Go to

Select to sign in with 4-H Online.

YQCA Instructions Step 1

You will be prompted to select the state 4-H program you are enrolled in. Select "Nebraska 4-H Youth Development".

YQCA Step 2

Then, enter the login information for your family 4-H Online account.

YQCA Step 3

After successfully logging in, you will be given a list of active family members. Select a family member and begin the account creation process.

YQCA Step 4

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.

YQCA Step 5

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.

YQCA Step 7

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. 

YQCA Step 8

Purchase the course by entering your credit card information or entering your coupon code provided by your local Extension office, if applicable. 

YQCA Step 9

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. 

YQCA Step 10

For YQCA login questions or technical issues, please contact:

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For questions about the YQCA program in Nebraska, please contact:

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PHONE: 402-480-1089