Transport Quality Assurance ® (TQASM) is a program that helps swine transporters, producers and handlers understand how to handle, move and transport pigs and the potential impacts of those actions on pig well-being and/or pork quality. Anyone who handles or transports pigs, or sets protocols for handling pigs, is a potential influencer of animal well-being and pork quality.
There are two types of individuals certified through the TQA Program: A handler is an individual who receives TQA certification to move, handle and transport pigs. An advisor is an individual who is trained by the Pork Checkoff and who can offer certification training and administer exams to handlers.
Upcoming Certification Classes:
The TQA Certifications will immediately follow the PQA Certifications and should start at approximately 3:30 PM.
- TQA Certification - April 17, 2014 at the Watertown Regional Extension Center; 1910 W. Kemp Ave, Watertown, SD at 3:30 PM
- TQA Certification - July 10, 2014 location to be determined at 3:30 PM
- TQA Certification - October 16, 2014 at the Parkston Public Library; 110 W. Main St, Parkston, SD at 3:30 PM
To register for these certification classes please contact:
For more information please visit http://www.pork.org/Certification/2337/tqa.aspx
If you would like more information, call 1-800-830-PORK