SNA Certificate in School Nutrition

What is the sna certificate in school nutrition?

SNA develops and encourages the highest standards in school nutrition programs and provides educational opportunities to ensure the professional development of its members. SNA's Certification Program is based on the standards of practice and indicators in the Keys to Excellence in School Food and Nutrition Programs that define nationally accepted standards for quality programs.

SNA Certificate in School Nutrition - Program Guide

Why should i obtain the sna certificate in school nutrition?

Becoming SNA certified adds credibility to your position and to your school's program. It is also a factor in attracting people to careers in school foodservice and nutrition.

  • Increase your knowledge and skills of food safety and nutrition to create a healthy school environment.
  • Enhance your professional image with parents, children and school administrators.
  • Stay current on issues concerning school nutrition initiatives.
  • Demonstrate commitment to your profession.
  • Provide a career ladder you can use to advance in the field from assistant, to cook, to manager, to director.

How do i earn the sna certificate in school nutrition?

There are several different levels of certification:

LEVEL 1

 

Core Requirements

•8 Hour SNA-Approved Nutrition Education Core Course or 1 college credit course in Nutrition

•8 Hour SNA-Approved Food Safety and Sanitation Core Course or 1 college credit course in Food Safety and Sanitation, HACCP or Microbiology (You can contact your local health department for further information about a Safety and Sanitation Course)

Total Hours

16 hours


LEVEL 2

 

Academic Experience

High School Diploma/GED

Core Requirements

•8 Hour SNA-Approved Nutrition Education Core Course or 1 college credit course in Nutrition

•8 Hour SNA-Approved Food Safety and Sanitation Core Course or 1 college credit course in Food Safety and Sanitation, HACCP or Microbiology (You can contact your local health department for further information about a Safety and Sanitation Course)

*Additional Key
Area
Requirement

~ 20 hours in Key Area 1 – Nutrition
~ 15 Hours in Key Area 2 – Operations
~ 20 Hours in Key Area 3 – Administration
~ 15 Hours in Key Area 4 – Communications/Marketing

Total Hours

Additional 86 hours

Note: College courses can be used for moving from one level to the next regardless of how many years ago they were taken. Key Area hours completed by attending programs/workshops cannot date back further than five years of the date you apply to move from one level to the next and must be at least 2 hours of active instructional time.

Conversion for College Course

  • 1 credit course = 15 key hours
  • 2 credit course = 30 key hours
  • 3 credit course = 45 key hours

LEVEL 3

Please visit http://schoolnutrition.org/Certificate/Certificate-Program/ to get details about Level 3 certification.

SCHOOL NUTRITION SPECIALIST (SNS) PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Please visit http://schoolnutrition.org/Credentialing/ to get details about the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Program Requirements.