Veterinarians and others actively engaged in Iowa's pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus 2.0 Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus 2.0 program, which will be launched at the 2013 World Pork Expo. The 25th anniversary World Pork Expo will be held June 5-7 in Des Moines.
The initial certification process requires attendance at a daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session. People who currently are certified PQA Plus Advisors have until Aug. 31, 2013 to renew that certification under the new program which will be presented during a half-day session.
To meet this industry need, the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will offer both initial and recertification training sessions beginning in late May, led by faculty members who are certified PQA Plus 2.0 trainers.
If you want to become certified for the first time, or recertified for the new PQA Plus, submit your application form soon
James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, and Tom Baas, ISU animal science professor, are coordinating this training schedule. Each session has a 15-person minimum and a 30-person maximum, with a deadline two weeks prior to the specific session date or when filled. No walk-ins are allowed for any of the sessions and individual spots for all sessions are not guaranteed until specific payment is accepted by IPIC. Initial certification is $75 per person and recertification is $50 per person.
"Those who wish to become certified for the first time should complete and submit the application form for the May 29 date soon to enable adequate time for evaluation of the application," says McKean. "Those wanting to recertify also need to keep their specific session deadline in mind when submitting those registration forms and payment."
McKean says people who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the appropriate form for the desired session date. Recertification registration forms also need to be accompanied with payment. The schedule list and links to the forms are available on the IPIC website. This online page also will provide attendance availability for each session, and will list additional sessions scheduled as needed.