SNS Credentialing

SNA established the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program in 1997 to enhance the professional image of school nutrition professionals, elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance.

The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to manage school nutrition programs in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs.

SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing program is governed by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council, an autonomous arm of the School Nutrition Association. The Governing Council members and SNA Credentialing Program Staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of SNA’s Credentialing program.

How to Apply

  1. Download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook & Application to register for the exam.
  2. Read the SNS Exam Preparation Tips  
  3. Purchase the SNS Study Guide (optional)

Location   Host/Meeting   Registration
Exam Date  
Indianapolis, IN

IN SNA - Annual Conference 10/14/2015 11/4/2015
Atlantic City, NJ 

NJ SNA - Annual Conference 10/15/2015 11/5/2015
Ontario, CA

CA SNA - Annual Conference 10/15/2015 11/5/2015
Branson, MO 

MO SNA - Annual Conference 10/23/2015 11/13/2015
Louisville, KY

Jefferson County 11/02/2015 11/18/2015
Portsmouth, NH

NH SNA – NE Leadership Conference 11/13/15 12/04/15
San Diego, CA

SNA - SNIC 12/26/2015 1/16/2016
Albany, NY 

NY SNA 01/11/16 02/01/16
Montgomery, AL

AL SNA – Annual Conference 02/17/2016 03/09/2016
Savannah, GA

GA SNA – Annual Conference 3/24/2016 4/14/2016

Now Available: SNS Study Guide & School Food and Nutrition Service Management Bundle  

As a special introductory offer, SNA is offering a SNS Preparation Resources Bundle which includes:

  • School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Study Guide – 2015 Edition  
  • School Food and Nutrition Service Management for the 21st Century – 6th Edition, authored by Dot Pannell-Martin & Julie A Boettger

Note: the preparation resources are also available separately in the SNA  Bookstore.

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