Beef Quality Assurance Examination

Credential Source Contact Information

Source Company Name:
Virginia Cooperative Extension/VT APSC
Contact:
Katherine E. Carter, Assistant Specialist, Youth Livestock Program
Phone:
540.231.2257

Credential Contractor

Credential Contractor:
A&G Safety Solutions, d/b/a Safety First
Contact:
Brian Alexander/Jonathan, Grimes
Phone:
276.620.5205

Test Administration

Test Site:
  • School: Online
Paper & Pencil
No
Can the instructor take this test?:
Yes
Number of Test Items:
25
Time Allowed (minutes):

45

Passing Score (percent):

75

Cost Per Test:

$30

Additional information:

The Beef Quality Assurance High School Credential Curriculum is updated annually to provide a comprehensive and inclusive learning opportunity for students. The curriculum must be delivered prior to students taking the exam and must be delivered by a BQA-certified trainer who has been certified under the guidance and approval of the Virginia Extension youth animal science specialist and using approved Beef Quality Assurance trainer modules.

Training requirements are established by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program. Teachers may receive their trainer certification by completing the BQA Trainer Certification program under the direction of the extension youth animal science specialist at Virginia Tech and using the trainer modules created by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program, in addition to required supplemental trainings via Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Tech Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences. Once certified, teachers will receive access to the curriculum and associated resources.

Virginia Cooperative Extension field faculty (4-H and ANR agents) who are BQA-certified trainers are eligible to deliver the curriculum with approval from the extension youth animal Science specialist.

The 10-module format requires time to deliver, taking several class periods for complete and effective delivery. Modules have associated hands-on activities that support the information presented in the modules and expand the students' opportunities to retain the information.

Hands-on activities are considered a critical part of the curriculum and should be included to adequately prepare students for testing.

An online testing format, through a third-party company, is used for the credential exam.

Students who successfully pass the exam will have knowledge of the beef cattle industry and the Beef Quality Assurance Program, and will receive industry certification that provides for continuing education and the opportunity to maintain this certification through recertification opportunities offered by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program.

Timing

Multiple test sessions:
Yes
Time of day
Yes
Order of tasks
Yes
Planned breaks during test
Yes
Is extended time an option for the test-taker?
No

Setting

Test location
Yes
Adaptive or special furniture
Yes
Special lighting
Yes

Presentation

Written directions accompanying oral directions
Yes
Specific verbal prompts
Yes
Visual aids
No
Amplification equipment
Yes
Headphones, earmuffs, or earplugs
Yes
Large-print test
Yes
Braille test
Yes
Read-aloud test
Yes
Audio test
Yes
Interpreting/transliterating testing directions
Yes
Interpreting/Transliterating the test
Yes

Response

Enlarged copy of the answer document
Yes
Communication board or choice cards
Yes
Examiner records responses
Yes
Brailler
Yes
Word processor or word processor with speech-to-text
Yes
Augmentative communication device
Yes
Word prediction software
Yes
Spelling aids
Yes
English dictionary
Yes
Dictation using a recording device
Yes
Dictation to a scribe
Yes
Read back student response
Yes
Calculator and arithmetic tools
Yes
Calculator with additional functions
Yes
Math aids
Yes
Dry erase board
Yes
Additional writing implements
Yes

Audio test
Yes
Bilingual dictionary
No
Dictation to a scribe
Yes
English dictionary
Yes
Examiner records responses
Yes
Flexible Schedule
Yes
Is extended time an option for the test-taker?
No
Multiple test sessions
Yes
Read-aloud test
Yes
Test directions delivery
Yes
Visual aids
Yes

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