Quality Assurance Ethics Course (QAEC) and Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training


ALL 4-H members exhibiting animals are to complete either the QAEC or YQCA training depending on what type of animal they are showing.


The Quality Assurance Ethics Course (QAEC) program is required if you are showing Horse, Poultry, Cats, Dogs, or Rabbits/Small Pets. This training needs be completed once in a 4-H member’s career for at least one of the species. To complete this training requirement, please visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. Certification must be completed by June 1 of the current 4-H year.


Members showing Dairy Cattle, Beef, Sheep, Swine or Goats must complete the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals Certification (YQCA). To complete the YQCA training, please register through the website: https://yqca.learngrow.io


• This program is the industry-standard certification and is the only program accepted by packers and processing plants.
• This will be mandatory in order to exhibit at any 4-H County or State Fair.
• This certification may be taken online or in person.
• 4-Hers will need to re-certify every year.
• There will be a $12 fee per year for all ONLINE courses.
• Each county will offer a $3 face-to-face training option for those not wanting to take the training online.
• 4-Hers must register for YQCA training through the YQCA website, using their 4-H ONLINE credentials. Do not log in using       FFA/Other.
• 4-H Members will be required to print two (2) copies of the certificate (one to keep with their show box and one to send to the     Extension office)
• This training must be completed by June 1st and copy of certificate on file in the Extension office.


June 1st is the DEADLINE to complete this training in order to show at the 4-H Fairs.