IPIC Sets Three Virtual PQA Advisor Certification Sessions
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled three virtual certification sessions in 2020 for PQA Plus Advisors and is taking applications from those who aren't sure which date will work best for them. The sessions are set for August 7, October 16 and December 4, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach all sessions.
"For those eligible for recertification, plan on approximately four hours, followed by an exam," he said. "Those being certified for the first time will spend approximately six hours of classroom time, followed by an exam."
“We've already held several advisor certification sessions, yet know there are others who need to be certified under this 4.0 version of the program,” Rademacher said. "These virtual sessions help us reach even more who need to be certified as advisors. Specific undated application forms are available for those unsure of the date they can attend. We ask people to write in their preferred date when they submit their form."
To be eligible to submit an application or recertify as a current advisor, people must meet the following qualifications:
1. Be a veterinarian, extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program 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.
Those who qualify and are interested in attending the program should download the two-page application form from the certification page on the IPIC website and complete and submit the form soon. The form is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document for each session. Applicants may use either version.
This session will be held virtually with access information provided to approved applicants closer to the date of the session. There is a 15-person minimum with the application deadline of two weeks prior to each session date. No individual spot is guaranteed until the application is approved and specific payment is accepted by IPIC. The cost is $85 per person and includes all materials and online access. The session begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction starting at 9 a.m.
Five hours of CE credit have been approved by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine for these three sessions.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.
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