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  
 The Great Pretender March 2016 1320: General Nutrition
 Cycle Menus 101  November 2015 1120: Cycle Menus
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  
Get in the Dough!   January 2016 2130: Operations
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  
Bumps, Breaks and Bruises: Staying Safe in School Kitchens  February 2016 3540: Employee Health, Safety and Wellness
Turn Cloudy Coworkers Into Sunny Staffers October 2015 3410: Human Resources Management 
Professional Standards: Get Schooled on the Rules August 2015 3420: Policies and Procedures
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  
Signs of the Times December 2015 4120: Program Promotion
Are You Ready to Master Social Media? September 2015 4120: Program Promotion
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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