Certificate Program

Why Should I Earn My SNA Certificate in School Nutrition?

It’s more important than ever to invest in your school nutrition professional development. Getting your Certificate in School Nutrition from SNA shows your commitment to your profession. SNA’s Certificate Program aligns with USDA Professional Standards making it easier for you to keep up with the requirements.

Earning Your Certificate in School Nutrition will:

  • Provide a career ladder you can use to advance in the field
  • Add credibility to your position and to your school's program
  • Enhance your professional image with supervisors, parents, and administrators
  • Stay current on the latest issues and solutions related to your job

Download the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition Program Guide (pdf) to view the initial requirements and learn how the program aligns with USDA Professional Standards. To learn more or to download the application form, visit our How to Earn Your SNA Certificate page.

SNA Important Update: Certificate Program Fees Increase Effective October 1, 2019

Recently, the SNA Board of Directors approved a small increase in the fees for the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition, which will go into effect on October 1, 2019. Fees for SNA Members will increase as follows:

Certificate Initial Application

Level 1 -$18 (from $17)
Level 2- $21 (from $20)
Level 3 -$23 (from $22)
Level 4- $33 (from $32)

Certificate Renewal

Level 1 -$12 (from $11)
Level 2- $13 (from $12)
Level 3 -$15 (from $13)
Level 4- $17 (from $15)

Certificate Reinstatement

Level Annual Member Renewal Reinstatement Total
Level 1 $12 (from $11) $18 (from $17) $30
Level 2 $13 (from $12) $21 (from $20) $34
Level 3 $15 (from $13) $23 (from $22) $38
Level 4 $17 (from $15) $33 (from $32) $50

SNA Certificate Program – Professional growth is now more attainable!

SNA has now launched the additional Level to the Certificate in School Nutrition Program that will serve as a “bridge” between Level 1 and the old Level 2. The goal of the new Level 2 is to help members have a more realistic professional development path and help them strive toward continued growth and experiences beyond the Level 1 requirements.

The new Level 2 requires 46 hours, which is less than the old Level 2 requirement of 86 hours. Download the updated SNA Certificate in School Nutrition Program Guide to view details about the requirements for the new Level 2 of if you are ready to apply download the application form.

Current Certificate Holders
There are no changes for Level 1 Certificate holders, but we recommend that you take advantage of this new bridge level and move up to Level 2.

If you had an existing Level 2 or Level 3 certificate, your certificate has been renamed Level 3 and Level 4 respectively. This is a name change only and does not impact your renewal requirements. You can download your updated certificate from www.schoolnutrition.org/myaccount.

Questions? Email certsns@schoolnutrition.org or call SNA’s Service Center at (800) 877-8822.

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