To Your Credit - Online Professional Development Articles (PDAs)

Earn CEUs online using School Nutrition magazine's monthly "To Your Credit" CEU tests!

To complete a Professional Development Article (PDA) test:

  1. Decide which month’s article you would like to read prior to taking the exam (see charts organized by Key Area below).*
  2. Don’t have your magazine handy? Review and/or print a PDF of an article from the archive list below. Note: You will need to be an SNA member and/or registered user of to access articles.
  3. Place an “order” for the test and pay for it through SNA’s Shopping Cart before you start answering the questions.
  4. Once you have paid for the test, you will be taken to a page to select the specific month’s test that you would like to complete (see charts below).
  5. Follow the instructions for payment and for completing the test page. Once you submit your answers, you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement immediately. CEUs will be recorded on MyAccount once you have passed the test. To pass the test, you must earn a grade of 80% or higher. SNA Service Center staff will inform you if do not pass the test.
  6. Once you place your order, you will not be able to cancel it and start again. Please be prepared to take the test at the time you place your order and make your payment.  If the test page is idle for 20 minutes without refreshing the web page, members will be logged out and redirected to the SNA homepage.  There will be no refunds.

*Participants in the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition program are only allowed to submit three passing PDA tests per year. Each PDA has been aligned to USDA's Professional Standards Learning Codes. 

Ready to take the test and earn CEUs?  Click here to take a test!

Magazine Article Archive

Key Area 1: Nutrition

Article Title Date of Publication USDA Professional Standard Code
True Blue May 2015 1320: General Nutrition
What's the Scoop on Sugar? April 2015  1320: General Nutrition
Spaghetti, Linguine, Rotini, Oh My! February 2015 1140: Standardized Recipes
A Fine Kettle of Fish October 2014 1320: General Nutrition
Some FAQs on GMOs May 2014 1320: General Nutrition
Pick a Pepper August 2014 1140: Standardized Recipes
Rising to the Occasion With Asian February 2014 1140: Standardized Recipes
Beef: It’s What’s for School Lunch October 2013 1140: Standardized Recipes
Savor the Flavor of Onions & Garlic April 2013 1140: Standardized Recipes
Diabetes in Depth March 2013 1160: Special Diets, Including Food Allergies
Bein' Green January 2013 1170: USDA Foods

Key Area 2: Operations

Article Title Date of Publication USDA Professional Standard Code
Take Your Temperature March 2015 2630: Food Safety - General
The Science of Baking December 2014 2230: Maintaining Food Quality & Appearance
Avoid the Health Inspector Showdown September 2013 2630: Food Safety - General
Wok This Way December 2012 2130: Culinary Skills
Commodity Exchange November 2012 2430: Purchase Food, Supplies & Equipment

Key Area 3: Administration

Article Title Date of Publication USDA Professional Standard Code
Fiscal Lingo for Fledgling Financiers January 2015 3360: Communicate Financial Information
Every Day Can Be Training Day November 2014 3430: Training Plans & Tracking
Depression: More Than Just a Bad Day March 2014 3450: Employee Health, Safety & Wellness
Password Protected December 2013 3410: Human Resources Management
A Lot on Their Plates June/July 2013 3230: Healthy School Environment
Feeding Our Neighbors February 2013 3110: Eligibility
Storm Warning September 2012 3240: Emergency Plans

Key Area 4: Communications & Marketing

Article Title Date of Publication USDA Professional Standard Code
Cracking the (QR) Code June/July 2015 4120: Program Promotion
Media Matters September 2014 4120: Program Promotion
Vehicles of Change April 2014 4110: Strategic & Marketing Plans
Welcome to the Future January 2014 4140: Communication Skills
A Profile of Passionate Purpose August 2013 4120: Program Promotion
Our Work Continues May 2013 4150: School & Community Communication
Business Speak 101 October 2012 4140: Communication Skills

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