PQA Advisor training is set for June 29
AMES, Iowa – Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 5.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a session set for Wednesday, June 29, the day before Iowa Swine Day. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session, which is the latest in a series of certification sessions to help meet industry demand. Those interested should apply soon due to limited spots remaining.
Potential attendees should plan on an approximately six-hour session, followed by an exam, he said. There's no session length difference between new certification and recertification for those doing in-person training.
“With the release of the new version, current advisors have the option to do their recertification online or in an in-person setting. Anyone whose certification has expired or who is a first time advisor must do an in-person training and that is what we are planning to host with this session,” Rademacher said.
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. Applicants may use either version.
This session will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center on the Iowa State campus in Ames. There is a 60-person maximum with the application deadline of either June 15 or when the maximum is reached, whichever occurs earlier. 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 $85 per person and includes all materials, refreshments and the noon meal. The session begins with registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and instruction starting at 9 a.m.
The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine has approved five hours of CE credit for the session.
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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