MODULE FIVE-A: INTRODUCTION TO INDIANA'S ONLINE BLOOD TESTER RECERTIFICATION SCHOOL

This module applies ONLY to individuals who have attended and successfully completed an Indiana State Poultry Association NPIP Blood Testing School Class.

CHECKLIST

1. To register for the Online Blood Tester Recertification School CLICK HERE.  You will complete an online form to register for the recertification.  As part of the registration, you will provide updated contact information (address including Indiana county, email and phone) and choose your payment method.  Recertification costs $50 and must be PAID, before taking the Recertification Exam.

2. Only individuals that have successfully taken an Indiana Blood Testing School Class at Purdue SIPAC (Dubois) or the main Purdue campus (West Lafayette) can take the online test.

  • The online course is designed for re-certification of those who have already attended a class at one of the Purdue locations.
  • If you have not attended a school in the past, contact our office at ispa@purdue.edu or 765-494- 8517 and ask to have your name added to the Blood Testing School notification list.
  • Two blood testing schools will be held in April of each year. Check this website in late January for further information.

3. You will need to complete all five modules, or sections, before testing for certification.

  • There is a short quiz at the end of each module for your review.
  • Complete all course activities carefully; the information covered may be critical to the health of your flock.
  • Make sure you understand the material in each module before proceeding to the next module.
  • Allow adequate time (20-30 minutes) to complete each module.
  • The Glossary and Additional Resources sections are supplemental materials for further information.

4. UPON COMPLETION OF THE ON-LINE PORTION, A RECERTIFICATION EXAM OF TWENTY-FIVE (25) MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS WILL BE ISSUED AND PROCTORED AT YOUR LOCAL COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE.

  • A SCORE OF AT LEAST 20 CORRECT ANSWERS OUT OF THE 25 QUESTIONS IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PASS THE EXAMINATION TO BE RECERTIFIED.
  • Please contact your county extension office (https://extension.purdue.edu/pages/CountyOffices.aspx) to set an exam appointment.  Once the exam is scheduled, plase ask them to contact the ISPA Office so that we can provide them with your Recertification Exam.
  • TIP: You may need to ask for the 4-H extension educator in charge of the 4-H poultry project to get assistance with scheduling your Recertification Exam.

5. After successfully completing all of the modules and passing the final examination, you will:

  • Receive a new Official Blood Tester Identification Card
  • Be recognized as a certified NPIP blood-tester by the Indiana State Poultry Association
  • Receive a blood testing Reference binder full of poultry based material and a new book of VS Form 9-2's.

6. You will need to repeat this course every three years in order to maintain your certification.

If you have questions about the information or the procedure for becoming certified, please contact the Indiana State Poultry Association at (765) 494-8517 or ispa@purdue.edu.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN INDIANA'S ONLINE BLOOD TESTING SCHOOL?

The guide includes:

  • An introduction to the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)
  • Information about the rules and forms required by the NPIP
  • A look at poultry diseases and disease prevention
  • What YOU can do to prevent and control disease in your flock
  • A review of proper procedures for blood-testing for individuals who have previously been certified at a NPIP Blood Testing School class

This course also provides an introduction to biosecurity and how it affects you, your home, and the world around you. Biosecurity simply involves practicing proper handling techniques with your flock to prevent disease. This training does NOT qualify you to make entry into a known hazardous area. And it is NOT significant training to diagnose sick birds. Instead, it is designed to help improve the overall health of the birds in your care and provide education to flock owners about biosecurity.

WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME CERTIFIED?

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand how to achieve and maintain an NPIP-certified U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean flock
  • Be certified to blood-test your flock prior to exhibitions
  • Be certified to blood-test other flocks of poultry owners prior to exhibitions
  • Improve your knowledge of flock handling procedures to keep your birds and surrounding flocks healthy
  • Receive emergency updates from the Indiana State Poultry Association
  • Receive the latest information regarding the poultry industry

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)
  • Recognize the Indiana State Poultry Association’s role as the official state agency for the NPIP
  • Identify common poultry diseases and their causes
  • Learn ways to prevent the spread of disease in flocks through proper biosecurity practices
  • Know the proper steps to take if you have sick birds
  • Understand the importance of working together with the poultry industry, government officials, your neighbors and other partners 

MODULE 5-A QUIZ

Test your comprehension of the Module 2 material.  For each question note which answer you think is correct.  When you have selected an answer for each question CLICK HERE to see the Correct answer for each question.

Question One: What is the benefit of becoming an Authorized Testing Agent for Pullorum-Typhoid in Indiana?

A. You will understand how to achieve and maintain an NPIP-certified U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean flock status.

B. You can improve your knowledge of biosecurity to keep your birds healthy.

C. You are authorized to test birds for county fairs and exhibition membership in Indiana.

D. All of the above are benefits to becoming certified.

Question Two: In order to be certified by the NPIP to collect and test blood samples from poultry, you are required to pass a recertification course (either through the April Class or through the Online Course) every ____ years?

A. 1

B. 3

C. 5

D. Once certified you never have to recertify

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Congratulations, you have completed Module 5-A!

CLICK HERE to return to the Blood Testing School Manual to begin Module 5-B: Testing Poultry for Pullorum-Typhoid Disease.