SNS Credentialing

SNA established the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program in 1997 to enhance the professional image of school nutrition professionals, elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance.

The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to manage school nutrition programs in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs.

SNS Exam Update!

SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing program is governed by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council, an autonomous arm of the School Nutrition Association. The Governing Council members and SNA Credentialing Program Staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of SNA’s Credentialing program. The SNS exam was updated in 2011 and the nutrition section was also updated in 2013. However, due to the many changes in the regulatory environment in school nutrition, the Governing Council believes the SNS exam needs to be updated again, as a few exam questions are based on outdated regulations.

To ensure the continued quality and integrity of the SNS exam, the Governing Council decided that SNA would no longer administer the exam following planned January 2015 exam dates. A newly updated SNS exam will be available at the SNA’s Annual National Conference on July 11, 2015.

Credentialing Exam Handbook

The SNS Credentialing Exam Handbook contains the:

  • eligibility requirements
  • application form
  • sample questions
  • content/knowledge areas
  • exam study resource list

NOTE: Please download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook to register for the exam.

Location   Registration
Start Date
Exam Date  
Phoenix, AZ

11/10/14 12/20/14 1/10/15
Portland, ME

11/14/2014 12/23/2014
Salt Lake City, UT

4/12/15 6/21/15 7/12/15

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