Over 500 Become Credentialed as School
Foodservice and Nutrition Specialists
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 6, 2002) – According to the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA) over 500 individuals have now earned the designation of School Foodservice and Nutrition Specialist (SFNS).
The credentialing program that was begun by ASFSA in January of 1999 requires that school foodservice professionals fulfill academic requirements, have work experience in the field, participate in specialized training and pass a national exam.
Marcia Smith, president of ASFSA, states, “The SFNS credential recognizes professionalism in school foodservice. Many of our members run school district programs with budgets in the ten of millions of dollars and manage hundreds of employees.” She continues, “Our credential communicates to others a level of knowledge and expertise in the profession.”
The credentialing program is being recognized among school officials who hire and manage school foodservice programs. Job placement ads sometimes include the SFNS credential as a requirement for the position. In some school districts employees receive an increase in salary once they become credentialed. In Virginia Beach, VA, the school board approved a $1,000 annual foodservice credentialing bonus for any employee who achieves SFNS status.
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