People who became certified as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus advisors in 2007, need to complete a recertification training and testing session in 2010. Under the National Pork Board’s PQA Plus program, recertification is required every three years.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) has scheduled four recertification sessions in early June.

Session dates, times and locations include:

  • June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Ames, Iowa State University campus, Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room.
  • June 2 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Ames, Iowa State University campus, Kildee Hall, Ensminger Room.
  • June 3 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, Building C, Room C349.
  • June 4 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Ainsworth, Marr Park.

IPIC Associate Director James McKean, DVM, says there are still spots open but it is wise not to delay signing up.

“There are less than 10 vacancies in both of the Ames sessions, and just a few more in the Sheldon and Ainsworth locations,” he says. “We continue to get registration calls daily, and when the 30-person limit is reached at a site, no one else will be allowed to attend there.”

All sessions are taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers. People must register and pay the $50 fee prior to attendance at a session. The preregistration form is available online at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPRecert.doc. It also is available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.

PQA Plus was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition to be a continuous improvement program. For more information on PQA Plus, contact the National Pork Board at (800) 456-7675 or go to http://pork.org/Producers/PQAP.aspx?c=PQAP.