Animal Quality Assurance Policies
Master Quality Assurance Exhibitor Program
The Northwest Region of Penn State Cooperative Extension has implemented a Quality Assurance Program requiring each 4-H member working on an Animal Sciences Project to receive at least 2 credits of Quality Assurance and Ethics Training each year that they participate in those project areas. In an attempt to encourage youth to enhance their educational experiences in 4-H, the Erie County 4-H/Youth Development Program has agreed to implement a master Quality Assurance Exhibitor Program to positively reward all youth who meet their Quality Assurance requirements and to specifically recognize those that go above and beyond those requirements.
All current and active Erie County 4-H members are eligible to participate in the Master Quality Assurance Exhibitor Program.
The Master Quality Assurance Exhibitor Program is a three tiered recognition program. Each participating 4-H member can achieve one level of recognition, which will be awarded at the time of Round-up and recognized at the Achievement Night Ceremony.
- Level 1 - Quality Assurance Exhibitor: All youth who participate in the required 2 credits of Quality Assurance and Ethics training will achieve "Quality Assurance Exhibitor" status
- Level 2 - Outstanding Quality Assurance Exhibitor: All Quality Assurance Exhibitors who participate in a total of 8 or more credits of Quality Assurance and Ethics Training will be awarded "Outstanding Quality Assurance Exhibitor" status.
- Level 3 - Master Quality Assurance Exhibitor: All Outstanding Quality Assurance Exhibitors who participate in more than one project area's Quality Assurance Training (horse, livestock, dairy, rabbit, dog, etc…) will be awarded "Master Quality Assurance Exhibitor" status.
Quality Assurance Credits
All Quality Assurance credits are awarded at the discretion of the Cooperative Extension Office. Programs being attended to receive Quality Assurance Credit must be approved by the extension office in advance. Trainings may be statewide, regional, countywide, or at the club level. Two credits to participate in the 4-H Animal Science projects must be earned before July 1 each year. Additional credits earned between July 1 and Roundup may be applied towards the current year's Master Quality Assurance Program, however, in that case they may not also be applied towards the following year.