Earning Your SNA Certificate

How to Earn Your Certificate in School Nutrition

Step 1: Review the requirements for each level of SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition Program and review the application form.

Certificate Levels

  • Level 1 Certificate in School Nutrition Requirements (PDF) 
  • Level 2 Certificate in School Nutrition Requirements Page 1 (PDF)
  • Level 2 Certificate in School Nutrition Requirements Page 2 (PDF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in School Nutrition Requirements Page 1 (PDF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in School Nutrition Requirements Page 2 (PDF) 
  • Listing of Courses by Key Area  (PDF)
  • Certificate Program Application Checklist (For Levels 1, 2 and 3) (PDF)
  • New Certificate Program Application   (PDF)
  • Trainer Certificate

  • Trainer Certificate Requirements and Renewal Information Page 1(PDF)
  • Trainer Certificate Requirements and Renewal Information Page 2 (PDF)
  • Trainer Certificate Application Checklist (PDF)
  • Trainer Application (PDF)
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    New Certificate in School Nutrition Program Guide (Entire Guide)

  • New Certificate in School Nutrition Program Guide (PDF)

  • Step 2: Determine if you have met the Academic Experience and requirements for the Certificate Level that you would like to apply for. You must meet all requirements for a specific Certificate Level prior to sending your application to SNA. NOTE:  Individuals applying for Level 2 Certificate in School Nutrition will be required to submit a copy of their High School Diploma/GED along with course documentation, application form and payment.

    Step 3: Gather copies of all your documents using the checklist for the Certificate Level that you are applying for.

    Step 4: Once you have determined that you qualify for a specific Certificate Level, complete and submit the application form, along with the fee, to the address listed on the form. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed.)

    Step 5: Upon approval of your application, SNA will send you a Verification Letter to confirm you earned your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition.
    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 renewal fee yearly. The Trainer Program certificate is valid for three years and requires an annual payment of the maintenance fee.

    BUNDLING COURSES TO MEET KEY AREA HOUR REQUIREMENTS

    Individuals are able to bundle courses from the same Key Area to meet the necessary 2-hour minimum when provided at the same event or location.

    Examples:
    • SNA offers courses at the national conference; a 1 hour course in marketing at 9:00 am and a different marketing course at 1:00 pm. Same KEY Area, two different sessions = 2 KEY Hours.
    • Individuals can bundle two NFSMI courses that offer one hour (each) in a specific Key Area.

    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 are after 30 calendar days, you will have to re-submit the entire application and pay the initial certification fee again.
     

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    National Harbor, MD 20745
    servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org

    Tel (301) 686-3100
    Fax (301) 686-3115

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