People who need to recertify as Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus® Advisors and those interested in becoming certified for the first time are invited to consider an upcoming joint session at Iowa State University. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) has planned one session of each for April 19 in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the ISU campus.

James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, said that while spots remain in these sessions, people who want to attend need to act quickly to assure their attendance.

“There is a limit of 30 people for each session, so people need to complete and submit the appropriate form by the April 12 deadline,” he said. “Both sessions will be taught simultaneously beginning at 9 a.m. The recertification segment ends at noon and the initial certification session continues to mid-afternoon, with an exam at the end.”

Those who are recertifying need to complete the registration form available on the IPIC website and pay the $50 per person fee prior to the session.

People who would like to become certified advisors need to complete and submit that application form. The $75 per person fee is due from approved applicants by the time of the session.

Both forms also are available by mail or fax by calling Sunny Hsu at 515-294-4103.

The sessions will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.

PQA Plus was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition to be a continuous improvement program. The coalition, made up of pork producers, packers/processors, restaurants and food retailers, dedicated itself to finding a food-industry solution that would give confidence to consumers that U.S. pork is produced in a way that respects animal well-being.

PQA Plus merges the food safety and animal well-being concepts of the original PQA program into three steps: individual certification through education, farm site assessment, and the opportunity for project verification that gives customer credibility. For more information on PQA Plus contact the National Pork Board at 800-456-PORK, or go to