USDA Professional Standards Hub

Learn more about Professional Standards with SNA's USDA Professional Standards Hub

On July 1, 2015, the USDA released Professional Standards for school foodservice directors, managers, school nutrition staff and state agency directors. SNA has created the following resources to assist you with understanding and meeting the requirements.

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SNA Developed Professional Standards Online Training Tracking Tool

SNA Developed Professional Standards Online Training Tracking Tool

This tool provides an easy way for you to track your training in
an Excel spreadsheet and features dropdown menus for both
Key Areas and Key Topics.

SNA's Professional Standards Training Guidelines

Professional Standards Training Guidelines

Recommended guidelines to help SNA members and SNA state
affiliates approach training for USDA professional standards and code training according to USDA Professional Standards Codes.

SNA's Professional Standards Summaries

Professional Standards Summaries

These simple summaries highlight the hiring requirements for
School Nutrition and State Agency Directors and the continuing
education/training for all school nutrition personnel.

SNA's Training Needs Assessment

SNA’s Training Needs Assessment Released

SNA, in collaboration with four state agency partners, conducted a comprehensive online assessment to identify the top training needs of school nutrition professionals at the director, manager and employee levels. Respondents from 49 states and various district sizes provided insights into the training topics they and their staff seek most.

SNA's Professional Standards Learning Topics Grid

Learning Topics Grid

This user-friendly grid will help you to code and identify training
topics in the four Key Areas of Nutrition, Operations,
Administration and Communications/Marketing.

SNA's Certificate Program is aligned with USDA Professional Standards

Certificate Program

SNAs Certificate Program is based on the four key areas aligned with USDA Professional Standards.

SNA Provides Information on How to Earn Professional Standards Training Hours

How to Earn Professional Standards Training Hours

Click on this link to view a list of CEU/training hour resources.
This page provides you with information and direct links to  
online training.

SNA's Professional Standards Training Content Development Guidelines

Training Content Development Guidelines

The SNA Training Content Development Guidelines are a resource for you to utilize as you create continuing education training materials. Please review this brief documents and utilize the principles described as a basis for your training.

SNA's State Support Center Exhibit Hall Participation Hours as Approved by State Agencies

Exhibit Hall Participation Hours as Approved by State Agencies

At the discretion of the state agency, no more than 2 hours of
exhibit/food show time may count toward Professional
Standards annual training. This chart notes the training hours approved by each state agency. If a determination has not yet
been communicated by the state agency to SNA, the chart has
been left blank.

USDA Resources

The USDA website also has a number of Professional Standards Resources.

SNA Answers Your Questions Regarding USDA Professional StandadrdsQuestions or Comments?
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