SNS Credentialing Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ’s

  1. Do I need college credits to sit for the SNS Exam?

    A: Yes. To view the full SNS program requirements and to see if you qualify to sit for the exam, download the SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook at
  2. How many questions are on the SNS Credentialing Exam?

    A: The exam is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions and candidates have four hours to complete it. The exam is based on 9 Content/Knowledge Areas.
  3. I’m taking the SNS Exam. What will I need to study?

    A: Individuals taking the SNS Exam need to use the SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook which can be downloaded at The Exam Handbook contains the requirements, content/knowledge areas, exam resource list to prepare for the exam, and application form.
  4. Is there a fee for taking the Credentialing Exam?

    A: Yes. The application fee is $210 for members and $305 for non-members. If you are not eligible to sit for the exam or cancel your exam registration, you will receive a refund of the exam application fee minus the $50 processing fee. Those who earn the SNS Credential will pay a yearly maintenance fee. The yearly fee for members is $65 and $160 for non-members. Note that all fees associated with the exam are subject to change at anytime.
  5. I took the SNS exam, how long will it take for me to receive the results from the exam?

    A: The exam is scored by an independent testing vendor and it takes approximately 6-8 weeks after the exam date for results to be issued. If you have passed the credentialing exam, you are given the designation SNS as well as a card and certificate displaying the SNS designation. If you fail the exam, you’ll receive a diagnostic report that shows which areas you scored weakest on.
  6. I passed the SNS exam, how long is my credentialing renewal period?

    A: The credentialing renewal period is every 3 years.
  7. My Credential is scheduled to expire soon. Do I need to submit documentation of my CEUs?

    A: You are only required to submit documentation of 45 CEUs if you are randomly selected for an audit. SNA will send audit notification with your renewal notice. SNA maintains CEUs for SNA sponsored activities that you attend. You can print your SNA transcript by login to the My Account section of the SNA website at SNA offers online CEU courses via its School Nutrition University at SNS professionals can also complete the Professional Development Articles (PDAs) from the School Nutrition magazine online by clicking here.
  8. How can my SNA State Association host the SNS Credentialing exam?

    A: Visit to download the Exam Site Request Form which includes the requirements and criteria for exam proctoring, roles and responsibilities of SNA Headquarters, Exam Hosts and the Exam Candidate. SNA must receive the form at least 60 days prior to the exam date. States must also assign a Primary and Secondary Proctor from a list of prospects who meet the requirements to proctor the SNS Credentialing Exam. Please contact our Credentialing Staff at to request a list of pre-approved proctors for your state. Proctors must submit to SNA the Proctor Affidavit (included in the Exam Site Guidelines) at least 60 days prior to the exam date.

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