Livestock Quality Assurance

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Annual Training

4-H members (4-H age 8-18) enrolled in any of the projects listed below are required to participate in an annual YQCA training.  Annual training requirements may be completed by using the online web-based training or by attending a face-to-face instructor led training. (Custer County holds ONE face-to-face instructor led training annually.)  Club trainings and in office test-out will not be an option.


YQCA is requred for all members that are enrolled in the following projects:

  • Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)

  • Sheep (breeding lambs, market lambs)

  • Swine

  • Rabbit

  • Poultry

  • Meat Goat (breeding goats, market goats)

  • Dairy Goat

  • Dairy Cattle

Getting Started on Web-based training

Youth can now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at

You will use your 4HOnline login(email address) and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family.  Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course.  If you have forgotten your password for 4-H Online, use the 4-H Online program to make a password change.  Then log back into YQCA.  Google Chrome browser works best for this program.

All 4-H'ers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations.

The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their Qualtiy Assurance training for this year. 

To receive credit for the modules, youth will need to pass the module's associated quiz with a score of 80% or higher. If youth do not pass a quiz on the first try they will have the option to return to the materials and review them again prior to attempting the quiz, or choose a different module instead.  Please print the certificate of completion from YQCA and bring it to the office when complete.  Due in office by June 14th.

Online Help

All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to There will not be local support for the YQCA program.

Testing Out Option Web-based Only

Test-out options are only available to youth in the first year of Intermediate (age 12) and Senior (age 15) age levels. There is no test-out option for Juniors. If passed, youth will not be required to complete the annual training requirements for the remainder of their current age level (Intermediates: 12-14; Seniors: 15-18). Each test consists of 50 randomly selected questions and has a pass rate of 80% or better for certification. 

Participants will have only one chance to take the test-out option. If youth fail, they will not be provided another opportunity to test out of that age level. Participants who do not pass will be prompted to take the instructor-led training or web-based training annually. 

If the youth passes, payment for the completed test-out course will be required after the completion of the test. No payment is required to attempt the test. Test-out costs are:

  • Intermediate (Age 12 only): $36 ($12 x 3 years of certification)
  • Senior (Age 15 only): $48 ($12 x 4 years of certification).

If passed, youth will receive access to online modules that correspond with the age levels, found on the user's "My Library" page.

All training must be completed and submitted to the extension office by June 15th to be eligible to participate at the Custer County Fair.