Earning CEUs

CEUs are Continuing Education Units. The purpose of CEUs is to provide job-related professional development and growth experiences.

Annual training (earning CEUs) is a requirement for both USDA Professional Standards and maintaining your Certificate in School Nutrition or SNS Credential.

For SNA’s Certificate and Credentialing programs, CEUs must be a minimum of one hour in length and must fall under one of the four key areas (nutrition, operations, administration and communications/marketing).

Education earned in the four key areas can also be used to meet the initial requirements for a Level 2 or Level 3 certificate.

Ways to Earn CEUs and Initial Requirement Hours

1. SNA offers the following programs:

2. SNA offers the following programs:

3. Additional CEUs can also be earned by

  • Teaching a class (first time only) – 1 CEU
  • Publish an article in a national journal/magazine – 1 CEU

Calculating CEUs

1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 hour of training for Professional Standards
Core Requirements for Levels 1, 2 and 3 can be used for CEUs but CEUs cannot be used for Core Requirements.
Initial hour requirements can also be met by using college credits. The conversion table is listed below:

1 Credit Course = 15 hours
2 Credit Course = 30 hours
3 Credit Course = 45 hours

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