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Certificate inSchool NutritionPROGRAM GUIDEAligned with USDA Professional StandardsLevel 1Level 2Level 3Level 4SchoolNutrition.org/CertificateJanuary 2022

Certificate in School NutritionProgram GuideTable of ContentsSNA Certificate Program Overview/ Alignment with USDA Professional Standards . 2Earn Your SNA Certificate in Three Simple Steps. 3LEVEL 1 Requirements . 4LEVEL 2 Requirements . 5LEVEL 3 Requirements . 6LEVEL 4 Requirements . 7Calculating CEUs and Training Hours . 8CEU Requirements . 8How to Earn CEUs . 9Maintaining Your Certificate . 10Audit Information . 11Required Renewal Hours . 11CEU Documentation Accepted by SNA . 12SNA Certificate Program – January 20221

SNA Certificate Program Overview/Alignment with USDA Professional StandardsEarning a Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 SNA Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitmentto your profession and helps you stay current on the job. SNA’s Certificate Program is based on thestandards of practice in the four key areas of the Keys to Excellence Program and, SNA’s CertificateProgram is aligned with USDA Professional Standards.Level 1 is aligned with USDA Professional Standards continuing education requirements. Renewals arebased on membership type.Employees/staff should consult with their manager/supervisor to determine training plans in the fourkey areas.Table A.Membership TypeSNA CEU Requirements forLevel 1Professional Standards RequiredAnnual Training HoursStaff less than 20 hours6 CEUs4 Training HoursEmployees/Staff6 CEUs6 Training HoursManagers10 CEUs10 Training HoursDirectors12 CEUs12 Training HoursState Agency Directors15 CEUs15 Training HoursYou should ALWAYS keep a file of all training documentationin the event you are randomly selected for an audit.Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program –January 20222

Earn Your SNA Certificate in Three Simple StepsStep 1: Academic Experience & RequirementsFirst, determine if you have met all the academic experience and requirements for the certificate levelthat you would like to apply for. The initial requirements and annual CEU requirements for each of the 4levels are listed in this guide.Step 2: Documentation and PaymentYou have two options when submitting the required training documentation. You may submit proof ofALL training documents along with the cover sheet OR your manager may review your training and thensign the cover sheet providing confirmation. If your supervisor signs the cover sheet you DO NOT needto send the supporting documentation. You should ALWAYS keep a file of all training documentation inthe event you are randomly selected for an audit.OPTION 1This option includes the certificate program cover sheet. The cover sheet assists in verifying your training with thedocumentation you submit. The cover sheet is optional for initial Level 1 submissions. List all training on the Certificate Program Submission Cover SheetSubmit all proof of training documentationSubmit the completed Certificate Program Submission Cover SheetSubmit the completed application, documentation and the appropriate feesOPTION 2This option provides verification of your training documentation and required training by your supervisor. If youutilize this option, you DO NOT need to submit all of your documentation, ONLY the cover sheet, verified andsigned by your supervisor, AND a copy of your High School Diploma/ GED/ College transcripts. List all training on the Certificate Program Submission Cover SheetHave your supervisor review and confirm training and required education then sign the cover sheetSubmit the completed and signed Certificate Program Submission Cover SheetSubmit the completed application, documentation and the appropriate feesStep 3: Celebrate!Upon approval of your application, SNA will send you a verification letter to confirm you earned yourSNA Certificate in School Nutrition. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed. YourSNA Certificate is valid for one year from month of approval.Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program –January 20223

Level 1Initial Level 1 Application Requirements1. Eight (8) hour Core Course in Nutrition OR 1 College Credit in Nutrition AND2. Eight (8) hour Core Course in Food Safety & Sanitation CEUs must be categorized by Key Topic Area based on the USDA Professional Standards. CEUs CANNOT date back further than five (5) years from the date you apply. College credits have no expiration.Annual Renewal Requirements Required annual training hours can be in one or all key areas.Employees6 CEUsManagers10 CEUsDirectors12 CEUsState Agency15 CEUsLevel 1 Application FeesMember: 18.00Non-Member: 61.00How You Can Earn CEUs SNA Live Webinars Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) USDA Training Programs Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) SNA Approved Core Courses Association of Nutrition and Foodservice SNA Conferences & Meetings SNA Webinars On-Demand (SNA Members only) SNA Professional Development Articles (PDAs)Professionals School Districts (back to school workshops andtrainings)Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program –January 20224

Level 2 CEUs must be categorized by Key Topic Area based on the USDA Professional Standards. CEUs CANNOT date back further than five (5) years from the date you apply. College credits have no expiration.Initial Level 2 Requirements 8 Hour Core Course in Food Safety & Sanitation 8 Hour Core Course in Nutrition Education OR 1 College Credit in Nutrition 6 Hours: Key Area 1 Nutrition 6 hours: Key Area 2 Operations 6 hours: Key Area 3 Administration 6 hours: Key Area 4 Communications & Marketing 6 hours: General ElectivesInclude a copy of your: High School Diploma OR High School Transcripts OR GED ORCollege/University Degree OR TranscriptsAnnual Renewal Requirements: Level 2 Required annual training hours can be in one or all key areasEmployees8 CEUsManagers10 CEUsDirectors12 CEUsState Agency15 CEUsLevel 2 Application FeesMember: 21.00Non-Member: 67.00How You Can Earn CEUs SNA Live Webinars Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) USDA Training Programs Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) SNA Approved Core Courses Association of Nutrition and Foodservice SNA Conferences & Meetings SNA Webinars On-Demand (SNA Members Only) SNA Professional Development Articles (PDAs)Professionals School Districts (back to school workshops andtrainings)Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program –January 20225

Level 3 CEUs must be categorized by Key Topic Area based on the USDA Professional Standards. CEUs CANNOT date back further than five (5) years from the date you apply. College credits have no expiration.Initial Level 3 Requirements 8 Hour Core Course in Food Safety & Sanitation 8 Hour Core Course in Nutrition Education OR 1 College Credit in Nutrition 15 Hours: Key Area 1 Nutrition 15 hours: Key Area 2 Operations 15 hours: Key Area 3 Administration 15 hours: Key Area 4 Communications & Marketing 10 hours: General ElectivesInclude a copy of your: High School Diploma OR High School Transcripts OR GED ORCollege/University Degree OR TranscriptsAnnual Renewal Requirements: Level 3 Required annual training hours can be in one or all key areasEmployees10 CEUsManagers10 CEUsDirectors12 CEUsState Agency15 CEUsLevel 3 Application FeesMember: 23.00Non-Member: 73.00How You Can Earn CEUs SNA Live Webinars Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) USDA Training Programs Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) SNA Approved Core Courses Association of Nutrition and Foodservice SNA Conferences & Meetings SNA Webinars On-Demand (SNA Members only) SNA Professional Development Articles (PDAs)Professionals School Districts (back to school workshops andtrainings)Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program – January 20226

Level 4 CEUs must be categorized by Key Topic Area based on the USDA Professional Standards. CEUs CANNOT date back further than five (5) years from the date you apply. College credits have no expiration.Initial Level 4 RequirementsOption AOption B1. 8 Hour Core Course: Food Safety & Sanitation1. 8 Hour Core Course: Food Safety & Sanitation2. 3 College Credits: Key Area 1 Nutrition2. 8 Hour Core Course: Nutrition Education3. 3 College Credits: Key Area 2 Operations4. 3 College Credits: Key Area 3 AdministrationOR: 1 College Credit: Key Area 1 Nutrition3. 35 Hours: Key Area 1 NutritionAND/OR:4. 35 Hours: Key Area 2 Operations3 College Credits: Key Area 4 Comm. & Marketing5. 45 Hours: Key Area 3 AdministrationAND/OR: Key Area 4 Comm. & MarketingFor either option, include a copy of your: 6. 15 General electives in any of the four key areasHigh School Diploma OR High School Transcripts OR GED ORCollege/University Degree OR TranscriptsAnnual Renewal Requirements: Level 4 Required annual training hours can be in one or all key areasEmployees12 CEUsManagers12 CEUsDirectors12 CEUsState Agency15 CEUsLevel 4 Application FeesMember: 33.00Non-Member: 180.00How You Can Earn CEUs SNA Live Webinars Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) USDA Training Programs Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) SNA Approved Core Courses Association of Nutrition and Foodservice SNA Conferences & Meetings SNA Webinars On-Demand (SNA Members only) SNA Professional Development Articles (PDAs)Professionals School Districts (back to school workshops andtrainings)Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program – January 20227

Calculating CEUs and Training HoursThe purpose of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) is to provide job-related professional development and growthexperiences. Annual training (earning CEUs) is a requirement for both USDA Professional Standards andmaintaining your Certificate in School Nutrition or SNS Credential.SNA’s CEU Bundling Policy Has Changed as of January 1, 2022SNA has simplified its Continuing Education Unit (CEU) bundling policy. To allow more flexibility for our members,CEUs will no longer have to be a minimum of 1 hour in length to be accepted for credit for the SNA CertificateProgram and SNS Credential renewal requirements. Because of this change, you will no longer have to bundleshorter training sessions in the same subtopic code to reach 1-hour. However, a training session must be aminimum of 15 minutes in length to be accepted. SNA still encourages that training is at least 1 hour in length, butit is no longer required.Old CEU Bundling Policy CEUs must be a minimum of one hour inlength.o Two 30-minute trainings withinthe same subtopic code, within thesame year will be accepted as oneCEU.o Four 15-minute trainings withinthe same subtopic code, within thesame year will be accepted as oneCEU.New CEU Bundling Policy(As of January 1, 2022) CEUs must be a minimum of 15 minutes inlength.o Training sessions that are less thanone hour in length are no longerrequired to be bundled within thesame subtopic to reach one CEU tobe accepted.CEU Requirements 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) 1 hour of training for Professional Standards CEUs must be a minimum of 15 minutes in length. CEUs CANNOT date back further than five (5) years from the date you apply.Renewal CEUs must be completed during the certificate year. Initial hour requirements can also be met by using college credits. See college credit conversion on the next page.Education earned in the four key areas can be used to meet the initial requirements for Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4certificate.SNA Certificate Program – January 20228

How to Earn CEUsThere are a number of resources for earning CEUs.Webinars, workshops and/or conferences SNA Live Webinars SNA Webinars On-Demand (SNA Members only) SNA Conferences & MeetingsSNA Professional Development Article SNA Professional Development Articles (PDAs)Online trainings SNA Approved Core Courses Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) Online Training Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Online CoursesAdditional Training Sources State Agencies USDA Training Programs SNA State Associations and Chapters Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals School Districts (back to school workshops and trainings) Universities and Colleges (including home study and correspondence courses) Industry and Allied OrganizationsCEUs can also be earned by Teaching a class (first time only) – 1 CEU Publishing an article in a national journal/magazine – 1 CEUCollege credit conversion 1 Credit Course 15 hours 2 Credit Course 30 hours 3 Credit Course 45 hoursLearn about SNA Membership! Members have access to ALL SNA’s on demand webinars for ional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program – January 20229

Maintaining Your Certificate Your SNA Certificate is valid for one year. Three months before your certificate is due to expire,SNA will mail you a renewal form. It is your responsibility to renew on time to avoid yourcertificate expiring. To keep your Certificate current, you must obtain CEUs within your annual certificate periodand pay your yearly renewal fee. Employees/staff should consult with theirmanager/supervisor to determine training plans in the four Key Areas. Each individual is responsible for maintaining and keeping records of CEUs earned and the KeyTopic Area. SNA will check proof of CEUs via a random audit. Only those chosen for the audit will berequired to send in documentation of CEUs earned. If you are selected for an audit, a notificationto send CEU documentation to SNA will be included in your annual renewal notice. Submit your annual renewal fee with the renewal form to SNA at least four weeks prior toexpiring. After SNA reviews and approves your certificate renewal, you will receive notification ofapproval. Please allow 4–6 weeks for your renewal to be processed. To show your school district that you obtained your certificate, you can print a copy from the MyAccount section of the website (www.schoolnutrition.org). If your renewal form is incomplete, you will receive a letter explaining what is required tomaintain your certificate. In order to pay the member renewal rate, your SNA membership status must be active duringyour entire certificate period. If your membership status was inactive at any point, you will berequired to pay the non-member rate.Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program – January 202210

Annual Certificate Renewal FeesCertificate LevelMember Annual Renewal FeeNon-Member Annual RenewalFeeLevel 1 12.00 55.00Level 2 13.00 60.00Level 3 15.00 65.00Level 4 17.00 165.00Note: Annual fees are subject to change at any time.Audit InformationSNA will check proof of CEUs via a random audit. Only those chosen for the audit will be required tosend in documentation of CEUs earned. If you are selected for an audit, notification to send CEUdocumentation to SNA will be included in your annual renewal notice.Required Renewal HoursMembership TypeSNA CEU Requirements for Level 1Staff less than 20 hoursStaff/EmployeesManagersDirectorsState Agency Directors6 CEUs6 CEUs10 CEUs12 CEUs15 CEUsMembership TypeSNA CEU Requirements for Level 2Staff/EmployeesManagersDirectorsState Agency Directors8 CEUs10 CEUs12 CEUs15 CEUsProfessional Standards RequiredAnnual Training Hours4 Hours6 Hours10 Hours12 Hours15 HoursProfessional Standards RequiredAnnual Training Hours8 Hours10 Hours12 Hours15 HoursProfessional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program – January 202211

Membership TypeSNA CEU Requirements for Level 3Staff/EmployeesManagersDirectorsState Agency Directors10 CEUs10 CEUs12 CEUs15 CEUsMembership TypeSNA CEU Requirements for Level 4Staff/EmployeesManagersDirectorsState Agency Directors12 CEUs12 CEUs12 CEUs15 CEUsProfessional Standards RequiredAnnual Training Hours6 Hours10 Hours12 Hours15 HoursProfessional Standards RequiredAnnual Training Hours6 Hours10 Hours12 Hours15 HoursCEU Documentation Accepted by SNA Tracking Grids College/University Transcripts Certificates of Completion Registration Confirmation Letters SNA My Account Record Copies of Roster Program AgendasYou should ALWAYS keep a file of all training documentation in the event you are randomly selectedfor an audit.NOTE: The Certificate in School Nutrition is valid for a one-year period. To keep your Certificate current, you must obtainCEUs within your annual certificate period and pay your yearly renewal fee.Professional Standards Resources: schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandardsSNA Certificate Program – January 202212

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Earning a Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, or Level 4 SNA Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitment to your profession and helps you stay current on the job. SNA's Certificate Program is based on the standards of practice in the four key areas of the Keys to Excellence Program and, SNA's Certificate Program is aligned with USDA .