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.

Possible Delays with the U. S Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service is currently experiencing high mail volumes and other challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, delivery times may take longer than normal. Please allow additional time to mail your renewal or you can renew online.

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some states have issued travel advisories, enacting quarantine requirements for travelers arriving from high-risk locations. If you are taking the SNS Exam out of state, please check the travel requirements for the state in which you are traveling before applying to take the exam.

SNS Exam Site COVID-19 Protocols

SNA is also implementing COVID-19 exam site protocols to ensure the utmost safety of the candidates and proctors at the exam site. Masks and Face coverings are recommended. Please refer to state or local mandates for mask/face covering and social distancing requirements. If there are no state or local mandates, please refer to the CDC Guidelines on mask/face covering and social distancing protocols. Please note the protocols are subject to change. More information on these COVID-19 protocols will be included in the exam confirmation email.

If you have specific questions about these safety protocols, please feel free to call 703-824-3000 or email

How to Apply:

Location Host/Meeting Registration
Exam Date
Framingham, MA

Framingham State University 08/03/2022 08/24/2022
Myrtle Beach, SC

SC SNA 09/22/2022 10/13/2022
Jacksonville, FL

FL SNA 09/29/2022 10/20/2022
Pasadena, CA

CA SNA 09/29/2022 10/20/2022
Verona, NY

NY SNA 09/29/2022 10/20/2022
Hot Springs, AR

AR SNA 10/06/2022 10/27/2022
Peoria, AZ

AZ SNA 10/15/2022 11/05/2022
Dover, DE

DE SNA 10/18/2022 11/08/2022
Indianapolis IN

IN SNA 10/19/2022 11/09/2022
Kalamazoo, MI

MI SNA 10/20/2022 11/10/2022
Branson, MO 

MO SNA 10/28/2022 11/18/2022

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

  • School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Study Guide – 2019 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.

SNS Exam Recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

The SNS Exam is listed in the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) Guide under Certification for Alternate Recertification Periods, Activity Type 545: SNA, School Nutrition Specialist. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (RDNs/NDTRs) who successfully pass the SNS exam after June 1, 2017 can earn CPEUs. The SNS exam has been approved for 75 CPEUs for CDR cycles ending through 2024 and 40 CPEUs thereafter. Instructions on how RDNs/NDTRs can receive a CPEU certificate for passing the SNS exam are included in the pass notification letter.

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