How to Earn Your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition

Earning your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitment to your profession and helps you stay current on the job.

Review the Program Guide for requirements for each level of SNA’s Certificate Program and review the application form.

3 Steps to Earning Your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition

Step 1: Academic Experience and Requirements

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.

Certificate Levels
SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition Program has 3 levels.

Get a jump start on your core courses by finding an approved SNA Core Courses.

NOTE: Individuals applying for Level 2 or Level 3 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 2: Documentation and Payment

  • Gather copies of all your documents using the checklist for the Certificate Level that you are applying for.
  • Once you have determined that you qualify for a specific Certificate Level, complete and submit the application form, along with the fee and documentation to the address listed on the form. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed.)

Step 3: Celebrate!

Upon approval of your application, SNA will send you a Verification Letter to confirm you earned your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition.

Then share you success and achievement with your friends, co-workers and the students you serve using the fun tools SNA created.

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 yearly renewal fee. The Trainer Program certificate is valid for three years and requires an annual payment of the maintenance fee.  

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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