Youth PQA Plus is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages 8 to 19. Youth PQA Plus mirrors the content of the industry’s adult program Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®), but presents it in a format conducive to youth learning.

When using the original face-to-face training and certification model, youth receive training from certified Youth PQA Plus advisors who have received training from certified Youth PQA Plus (state) trainers. Youth who attend class will be granted a one- year certification. Youth aged 12 to 19 have the option to attend a face-to-face training and complete a closed-book test or complete an online module and closed-book test, for a multi-year certification.

In 2014, changes to the program included an online training, testing, and certification option. Delivered in the form of an engaging, interactive online module, the new online option allows participants to learn, test, and become certified in Youth PQA Plus. For youth age 12 and under, a parent log-in for security is required.

Beginners who participate in the online module will receive a one year certification. Intermediate and senior youth, depending on their age at the time of completing the course and if they pass the exam, could receive a three year certification, or certification lasting until they age out of their division if it’s less than three years, and move into the next age division. If an intermediate or senior youth member does not pass their exam online, they will receive a one year certification.

Youth PQA Plus advisors remain essential to the process.

Youth PQA Plus advisors carry the Youth PQA Plus program to youth producers ages 8 to 19. Advisors are veterinarians, Extension specialists, or ag educators who have become certified in Youth PQA Plus and offer training to youth producers.

Youth PQA Plus advisors must become certified through Youth PQA Plus certification training. Qualified Youth PQA Plus advisor candidates must receive Youth PQA Plus advisor training and pass an examination. Advisor certification is valid for three years.  Web-based advisor training and testing is available to Youth PQA advisors.

Youth PQA Plus state trainers, listed below, are responsible for training and assisting the advisors and also must complete training and pass an examination. If you wish to become a Youth PQA Plus advisor or renew your certification, please contact one of the state trainers.


For more information on becoming certified in Michigan, please visit:


State Trainers:

Julie Thelen –