Iowa Pork industry Center sets 6 PQA Plus 4.0 advisor certification sessions in 2021

21 December 2020, at 1:00am

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled a series of six virtual certification sessions for PQA Plus Advisors in 2021, and applications are now being accepted for all of them.

Iowa State extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the sessions, set for February 12, April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8 and December 10.

“Our certification sessions have been held virtually since March 2020 and it’s worked very well,” Rademacher said. “There’s no travel time involved and participants can ask questions just as easily as if we were all in the same room.”

He reminds potential attendees that the requirements for eligibility for these advisor certification sessions have not changed.

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 for their preferred date from the certification page on the IPIC website, and complete and submit the form. The form is available as both a fillable pdf document and a word document. Applicants may use either version.

There is a five-person minimum with the application deadline of two weeks prior to the session date for each session. 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. Online access information is provided to approved applicants closer to the date of the session.

Five hours of CE credit have been approved by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine for each session.