Animal Husbandry & Quality Assurance (AH&QA) Program
2017 Program Requirements
All youth participating in livestock* projects will be required to complete this training according to the following:
1. If you are a first year livestock project participant, or
2. If you change into a different age group:
Junior to Intermediate / turn 11 in 2017
Intermediate to Senior / turn 14 in 2017, or
3. If your livestock project is a species that you have not previously taken
Those exhibitors who are required to complete the online QA training must do so no later than June 30, 2017 in order to exhibit at any 2017 Fair, Festival or Show in the state of West Virginia.
*Dogs, Cats and Small Pets are not considered livestock and are not covered in the AH&QA Training
- The program must be completed using Firefox, Chrome or Safari web browsers. The program is not supported by Internet Explorer.
- 4-H/FFA members may access the AH&QA program at http://www.agnr.umd.edu/ahqa/ or via a link on the WVUES website at http://anr.ext.wvu.edu/youth_agriculture/program_resources.
Log In / Log Out
- After going to one of the above links, participants will be asked to register for the program. All youth participants must register and be logged in for the system to track their progress and record their completion of the program. Participant status is indicated at the top of the screen. When logged in correctly, the message will read “Logged in: [Participant Name]“. If the member is not logged in, the message will read “Guest“.
- When registered, participants will be provided a unique Passcode. Members should write their Passcode down and keep it in a safe place! Participants may log out and back into the program at any time and return to the place at which they logged out. No progress will be lost. However, their passcode is required to do so.
- Participants will be asked to respond to questions to evaluate knowledge at different points during the program. Participants will be asked to enter their passcode when responding to the quizzes.
- The AH&QA program has voice narration, so the material is provided in both written and oral formats.
- The program takes about 45 minutes for Juniors to complete and 60-75 minutes for Intermediate/Seniors to complete.
- Upon completion of the program, participants should print their Certificate of Completion and staple to the inside of one of their record guides. Each member’s progress will be kept in a statewide database and their County 4-H staff will receive notification that they have completed the online QA training.
Questions about the program may be directed to: Kevin S. Shaffer, Ph. D. – Livestock Production Specialist West Virginia University Extension Service 2084 Ag. Sci. Bldg – PO Box 6108 Morgantown, WV 26506 Office: (304) 293-2669 Email: Kevin.Shaffer@mail.wvu.edu
The Maryland and West Virginia 4-H and FFA Animal Husbandry & Quality Assurance (AH&QA) Program is an on-line training program which enables youth to fulfill their Quality Assurance training requirement via internet from their home, school or local library. This program is offered to help youth who participate in 4-H and FFA animal projects in Maryland and West Virginia learn about their role as food producers and the importance of caring for, grooming and showing their animals in safe and ethical ways.