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PQA+ certification - Online

Event information


Online course


Sarah Schieck Boelke, swine Extension educator
schi0466@umn.edu, 320-235-0726 ext. 2004

Diane DeWitte, swine Extension educator
stouf002@umn.edu, 507-384-1745

Check your certification status

To check your PQA+ or TQA status, call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at 1-800-456-7675.

Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) provides a framework for significant, relevant food safety standards and improved animal well-being.

Many pork packers require producers providing pigs to them to be PQA Plus certified along with any family members or employees working in the barns with them.

Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) certification training includes time for the exam. 

PQA Plus certification is good for 3 years, therefore producers need to be re-certified every 3 years to keep their certification current.

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To complete PQA+ certification online, contact Sarah Schieck Boelke (schi0466@umn.edu, 320-235-0726 ext. 2004), or Diane DeWitte (stouf002@umn.edu, 507-384-1745) for access to the certification course.

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