First-time Certification: The first-time certification provides new caretakers with the basic knowledge and education needed to work in the industry. This set 75-minute presentation includes core content needed to be successful in the industry.
Recertification: The recertification training allows experienced caretakers the opportunity to renew their certification in a scenario-based setting with their advisor or online.
Customized Presentations: Advisors can customize a portion of the training to fit the caretaker or group, based upon experience and skills that need refreshed. Beyond the core training, additional content is available for advisors to focus on particular areas of production.
Testing: To be certified in PQA Plus, participants will be required to pass a test including questions related to 10 Good Production Practices (GPPs). Participants must achieve a passing score by missing no more than three of the 25 questions.
Online Certification: Producers may complete the first-time or recertification training online through the interactive learning modules. The online training modules are divided into the We Care ethical principles that range from 2-14 minutes each.
Site Assessment: The PQA Plus site assessment, which aligns with the Common Swine Industry Audit, helps prepare producers for third party auditors. The assessment covers animals, facilities, caretakers and records which highlight the 27 key aspects of swine care and pre-harvest pork safety for all phases of production.
Trainers/Advisors Certifications: During face-to-face training of Trainers and Advisors, more extensive instructions and information will be shared to increase farmer interaction during PQA Plus training.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): Flexibility to the certification program allows for customization for larger systems to add in the company’s SOPs.
Implementation: All revisions to PQA Plus will be effective June 3, 2019.
Secure Pork Supply: To help producers prepare for a foreign animal disease, a Secure Pork Supply resource is included in this version of PQA Plus.
A PQA Plus Trainer eligibility is defined as one who is an animal scientist or veterinarian associated with a university, preferably with an extension appointment. On the rare occasion a state does not have that infrastructure, we are forced to look outside the university for a veterinarian who is independent of a pork producing company.
PQA Plus Advisor can be a veterinarian, university Extension specialist, or adult ag educator who conducts producer training and on-farm assessments. These individuals need a D.V.M. or B.S. or equivalent experience in Animal Science or associated field and have two years of recent, documentable swine production experience.