Preparing for ANC 2013: Taking Advantage of Education, Certification and Credentialing Opportunities

May 1, 2013 – SNA wants you to take your career to the next level, and the Annual National Conference (ANC) is just the place to start!

The crux of the conference, the 90+ education sessions that run from Sunday, July 14, to Wednesday, July 17, are sure to engage, inform and excite you about the school nutrition profession. But go above and beyond by attending a pre-conference session* on Saturday, July 13. Topics include:

  • LEADING in Full Swing, focusing on taking risks and successful leadership in school nutrition. CEUs: 4; Key Area 3: Administration
  • Understanding the USDA Foods Program, an overview of how to make this significant program work efficiently in your school. CEUs: 4; Key Area 1: Operations
  • Financial Management, how to interpret financial operation decision and use a budget as an analysis tool for school nutrition directors. CEUs: 8; Key Area 3: Administration
  • USDA and State Agency Staff, a primer on how state agencies and the USDA can work effectively together. CEUs: 8; Key Area 3: Administration
  • Supervisory Skill Training for Managers, training on effective leadership. CEUs: 8; Key Area 3: Administration
  • Leadership Skills Needed Today, part of the Leadership Series that teaches necessary skills to combat industry challenges. CEUs: 4; Key Area 3: Administration
  • NSFMI’s Overview of the New Meal Pattern, ways to integrate requirement into your school lunch program. CEUs: 4; Key Area 2: Nutrition

These pre-conference sessions each offer between four and eight Continuing Education Units, all of which can be applied to becoming SNA certified or moving up a level in your certification. Becoming SNA certified adds credibility to your position and to your school's program. It is also a factor in attracting people to careers in school foodservice and nutrition.

Attendance at ANC also offers you CEUS – attending ANC in its entirety awards you 25 CEUS with the assumption that members will attend at least 25 hours’ worth of programming, including education sessions, general sessions, exhibits and more. However, if you can only attend partially, you still get credit: Attendance on July 14 awards you four CEUS, July 15 earns six CEUs, and July 16 awards eight CEUs and July 17 offers seven CEUs. Attending both pre-conference session and education sessions also earns you a number of Key Area Hours; check the official ANC Program Guide to determine how many you will earn.

Are you ready to earn the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credential? Sit for the SNS credentialing exam on Sunday, July 14, in Kansas City; the exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs. Members must meet all minimum requirements and pre-register by June 21, 2013.

For more information about certification or credentialing (including a handbook containing eligibility requirements and sample question), click here. To register for ANC 2013, visit

*Pre-conference session registration requires an additional fee.

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