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.

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.

How to Apply

  1. Download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook & Application to register for the exam.
  2. Read the SNS Exam Preparation Tips  
  3. Purchase the SNS Study Guide (optional)

Location   Host/Meeting   Registration
Exam Date  
Coralville, IA

SNAI’s Annual Conference 05/23/2016 06/13/2016
Copper Mountain, CO

CSNA – Summer Conference 2016 05/23/2016 06/13/2016
Austin, TX

TX SNA – State Conference (TASN) 05/28/2016 06/19/2016
Boise, ID

ID SNA – State Conference (ISNA) 05/31/2016 06/21/2016
Memphis, TN

TSNA Annual Conference 05/31/2016 06/21/2016
Wisconsin Dells, WI

SNA-WI – Annual Conference 06/05/2016 06/26/2016
San Antonio, TX



*Note date and time change to Saturday 07/09/16 (1-5pm)

06/20/2016 07/09/2016*
Glendale Heights, IL


Illinois SNA (ILSNA)

07/5/2016 07/26/2016
St. Cloud, MN

MNSNA – State Conference 07/09/2016 07/31/2016
Framingham, MA

SNA of Massachusetts 07/11/2016 08/01/2016
Syracuse, NY

NY SNA 07/11/2016 08/01/2016
Hershey, PA

SNAPA Annual Conference 07/13/2016 08/03/2016
Philadelphia, PA

N.E. Regional Conference (PA SNA) 9/23/2016 10/14/2016
Wichita, KS

SNA-KS Fall Conference (1-5pm) 09/30/2016 10/21/2016
Rochester, NY

NYSNA State Conference 10/06/2016 10/27/2016
Independence, MO

MSNA Annual Conference 10/14/2016 11/4/2016

Now Available: SNS Study Guide & School Food and Nutrition Service Management Bundle  

As a special introductory offer, SNA is offering a SNS Preparation Resources Bundle which includes:

  • School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Study Guide – 2015 Edition  
  • School Food and Nutrition Service Management for the 21st Century – 6th Edition, authored by Dot Pannell-Martin & Julie A Boettger

Note: the preparation resources are also available separately in the SNA  Bookstore.

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