Calculating CEUs

CEUs are Continuing Education Units. The purpose of CEUs is to provide job-related professional development and growth experiences. Annual training (earning CEUs) is a requirement for both USDA Professional Standards and maintaining your Certificate in School Nutrition or SNS Credential.

 

Credentialing
Program
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  • CEUs MUST be a minimum of one hour in length.
  • If audited, it will be necessary to submit documentation of 45 CEUs for the 3-year credentialing period. We suggest 15 CEUs per year for alignment with professional standards.
  • CEUs must fall under one of the four Key Areas
    1. Nutrition
    2. Operations
    3. Administration
    4. Communications and Marketing

Learn more about SNA’s Credentialing Program

Certificate Program
Certificate Program

SNA encourages you to participate in 1 hour trainings to earn CEUs for the Certificate Program. SNA is also aware of the challenges finding appropriate training, so SNA has recently updated the allowable CEU minimum for the Certificate Program.

  • 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 hour of training for Professional Standards.
  • CEUs CANNOT date back further than five (5) years from the date you apply.
  • Renewal CEUs must be completed during the certificate year.
  • CEUs must be a minimum of one hour in length.
 

Calculating CEUs EXAMPLE, 30 minute trainings

Training Title Examples Length Key Area Key Topic Subtopic
Menu Planning: What You Need to Know 30 min
(1000) Nutrition

(1100) Menu Planning
(1120) Plan cycle menus that meet
all rules. Consider cost, equipment,
foods available, storage, staffing,
student tastes, and promotional events.
Serving Healthy Meals 30 min
Total training time 1 hour Accepted as 1 hour of training

Calculating CEUs EXAMPLE, 15 minute trainings

Training Title Examples   Length Key Area Key Topic Subtopic
Introduction to Menu Planning 15 min (1000) Nutrition (1100) Menu Planning (1120) Plan cycle menus that meet
all rules. Consider cost, equipment,
foods available, storage, staffing,
student tastes, and promotional events.
Maximizing Meals 15 min
Meal Components, what work 15 min
Steps to Successful Menu Planning 15 min
Total training time 1 hour Accepted as 1 hour of training

For more information on earning CEUs, visit the new How to Earn CEUs page.

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