How to Earn Your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition

SNA Certificate in School Nutrition Program

Earning your Level 1, New Level 2, or 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 SNA’s Keys to Excellence Program and, SNA’s Certificate Program aligns with USDA Professional Standards.

Get started today by downloading SNA's Certificate in School Nutrition Program Guide (pdf) to review the requirements for each level and download the application form.

3 Steps to Earning Your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition

The following provides an overview of the Certificate in School Nutrition requirements. Please download the Program Guide for detailed requirements for all three certificate levels.

Step 1: Academic Experience and Training Requirements

First, determine if you have met all the academic experience and training requirements for the certificate level that you would like to apply for. The initial requirements and annual CEU requirements for each of the 4 levels are listed in the Program Guide. You must meet all requirements for a specific Certificate Level prior to sending your application to SNA.

Step 2: Documentation and Payment

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: You now have two options when submitting required paperwork.

You may submit ALL proof of training documents along with the new cover sheet OR your manager may review your training and then sign the cover sheet providing confirmation. If your supervisor signs the cover sheet, you DO NOT need to send copies. You should ALWAYS keep a file of all training documentation in the event you are randomly selected for an audit.

Be sure to download the Program Guide to get all the details on the new submission options!

Step 3: Celebrate!

Upon approval of your application, SNA will send you a verification letter to confirm you earned your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition. Share your success and achievement with your friends, co-workers and the students you serve using the fun tools SNA created.

NOTE: Individuals earn their Certificate in School Nutrition for a one-year period. To keep your Certificate current, you must obtain CEUs within your annual certificate period and pay your yearly renewal fee.  

Incomplete Applications

  • The application fee is non-refundable.
  • If your application is incomplete, you will receive a letter listing additional documentation needed to earn your Certificate.
  • Requested documents must be received by SNA within 30 calendar days of receipt of notice.
  • If SNA received your documents after 30 calendar days, you will have to resubmit the entire application and pay the initial certification fee again.

>>> Download the Certificate Program Application (pdf)
                                 Certificate Program Submission Cover Sheet (doc)
                                 Certificate in School Nutrition Program Guide (pdf)

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