Iowa Pork Industry Center to Hold PQA Advisor Certification Session Sept. 11



AMES, Iowa -- Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals by offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Monday, Sept. 11. Chris Rademacher, ISU Extension and Outreach swine veterinarian, reminded potential applicants that attendance at this all-day session and passage of an exam at the end of the session is required for certification.

“Everyone who wants to attend must complete the two-page application form and be approved in order to attend this session,” he said. “Because the application deadline is just a short time from now, I encourage people to submit their application soon to ensure receipt in time for approval and payment.”

Rademacher is coordinating the session, which will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center on the Iowa State campus in Ames. There is a 15-person minimum with the application deadline of the earlier of Aug. 31 or when the 30-person maximum is reached. No walk-ins are allowed and no individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $75 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and the noon meal.

The session begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction starting at 9 a.m.

Those who qualify and are interested in the program should download the application form from the IPIC website, then complete and submit it soon. The form is available as a fillable pdf document and as a Word document.

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine has approved seven hours of CE credit for the session.

Necessary Qualifications

To be eligible to submit an application, individuals must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined as a person who spends full time in adult education or at least half time in production training) AND
  2. Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) AND
  3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.