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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


What is Quality Assurance?

This course ensures youth raising market animals learn the important best practices for raising quality and safe animal products for the food system. They will learn proper animal handling and welfare in not only farm animals, but also for companion and performance animals. Click here for more information about Quality Assurance. 

Hamilton County QA Dates:

All test out and class dates will be held at the Hamilton County Extension Office

  • 2055 Reading Road, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
  • Contact Claire Linepensel, 4-H Educator, at for questions and registration information.


Hamilton County Deadline to Complete QA: May 12, 2023

  • Test Out
    • February 8, 2023 -  6:00 pm  
      • 12-14 year-old and 15-18 year-old 4-H members can test out of their annual quality assurance (QA) program.
        • Youth ages 12-14 who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program for up to 3 years.
        • Youth ages 15-18 years who pass the QA test can test out of their annual QA program permanently. 
      • These ages are as of January 1, 2023 – a youth’s 4-H age.  If you fail the QA test, you must take an In-person class.  You will receive your results via email within 1 week of the test.
  • Quality Assurance Classes:
    • March 8, 2023 - 7:00 pm
    • March 20, 2023 - 7:00 pm
    • April 12, 2023 - 7:00 pm

YQCA Online Course

Click here to go to the YQCA website to take the age-appropriate on-line module for $12.


  • Families can make a profile and add youth to the family profile. Make sure that you assign the correct training to the correct youth. Instructions for online YQCA sessions can be found here
  • The BQA, PQA, BEST, etc. online courses do not meet the Ohio Youth Food Animal QA certification requirements.


Quality Assurance in Other Counties

Youth may attend QA in another county, but must provide a copy of their certificate to the Hamilton County Extension Office as soon as possible.  Below are additional dates from counties nearby. Please reach out to their Extension office to register. You may also have to pay an out of county fee. 

Warren County

Classes are held at the Warren County Fairgrounds 

665 N Broadway St, Lebanon, OH 45036

  • March 13, 2023 - 7:00 pm
  • March 30, 2023 - 7:00 pm
  • April 11, 2023 - 7:00 pm
  • May 4, 2023 - 7:00 pm

Butler County

Test Out: January 31 at 5:00 pm.

Location: Butler County Extension 1802 Princeton Rd Hamilton, OH 45011

Classes are held at the Butler County Fairgrounds 

1715 Fairgrove Ave, Hamilton, OH 45011. 

Parent/guardian must attend with each member. 

  • February 13, 2023 - 6:30 pm
  • February 15, 2023 - 6:30 pm
  • March 8, 2023 - 6:30 pm
  • March 13, 2023 - 6:30 pm