Beef Quality Assurance Training

As a service to our members, UPI is consistently monitoring trends and emerging issues in the livestock industry. Recently, we were notified that a customer of a major packer will be requiring all beef product to come from beef producers who are Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified beginning January 2019. This packer supports several UPI markets and purchases cattle on a direct basis.

To have the opportunity for this packer to bid on your cattle in the auction or on a private treaty basis, the BQA certification process must be completed, and UPI must have a copy of your certification on file. This is not a mandate from UPI, this particular customer will be requiring the certification in order to purchase cattle from all cattle producers at every livestock marketing organization. Therefore, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get your training in 2018.

The BQA certification process can be completed online or through in person trainings. For your convenience, a schedule of local BQA trainings and instructions for online certification can be found on below.

Upon completion of the training you will receive a certificate, and a copy of your certification will need to be on file at the UPI market where you do business. Your BQA certification will remain in effect for three years and you will be notified by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) when your certification requires renewal.

Whether you market 1 or 1,000 head of cattle, our goal is always to help you get the maximum value for your cattle, and BQA certification is one important part of this goal. As you are likely aware, the BQA certification process is a benefit to producers, as it provides valuable information and reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry.

Local Training Meetings

There are several dates listed below for in-person BQA certification training. The training will last approximately two hours and will allow you to complete the certification process. 

Monday, November 19 9 a.m.UPI-Bucyrus, Ohio
Monday, November 196 p.m.Altamont High School 7 S Ewing St. Altamont, IL.
Monday, November 266 p.m.Southern Illinois University of Carbondale (online training)
Wednesday, December 5 6 p.m.Franklin Inn – Bad Axe (Thumb Cattlemen’s Meeting)

Online Certification

Visit the NCBA BQA website at and follow the steps for online certification. You will be required to complete a series of lessons followed by a quiz to complete the certification. Once completed, you will receive your certification.