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.

New SNS Exam Launching in July 2019

SNA is releasing a new School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam in July 2019 which will have some minor content area modifications.

With the increased focus on procurement in school nutrition, ContentArea IV: Procurement and Inventory Management has been split and renamed Content Area IV:  Procurement Management. This content area is now entirely dedicated to procurement related competencies and accounts for 5.5% of the overall exam.  The inventory related competencies have been redistributed to other content areas, mainly Content Area III.  To reflect this change, Content Area III is now named FoodProduction, Inventory, and Operation Management.

Please note that overall the test competencies have not changed, they have been redistributed to better reflect the current responsibilities of school nutrition professionals.  The content area weightings have also not changed.

The Content Area changes are reflected in the updated School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Handbook.  For candidates registering for an exam prior to July, please refer to the current handbook.

For questions about the upcoming changes to the SNS exam, please contact CertSNS@schoolnutrition.org.

How to Apply

Location Host/Meeting Registration
Deadline
Exam Date
Sarasota, FL

NLC- SNA 04/18/2019 05/09/2019
Loveland, CO

CO SNA 05/20/2019 06/10/2019
Gatlinburg, TN

TN SNA 05/21/2019 06/11/2019
New Orleans, LA

LA SNA 05/27/2019 06/17/2019
Dubuque, IA

IA SNA 05/27/2019 06/17/2019
Louisville, KY

KY SNA 05/28/2019 06/18/2019
Greensboro, NC

NC SNA 05/28/2019 06/18/2019
Grapevine, TX
Reopened
TX SNA 06/02/2019 06/23/2019
Green Bay, WI

WI SNA 06/02/2019 06/23/2019
St. Louis, MO

ANC-SNA 06/24/2019 07/13/2019
Hershey, PA

PA SNA 07/07/2019 07/28/2019
Spokane, WA

WA SNA 07/07/2019 07/28/2019
Branson, MO

MO SNA 09/27/2019 10/18/2019
Niagara Falls, NY

NY SNA 10/03/2019 10/24/2019

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.

SNS Exam Recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

As of June 2017, the SNS Exam is listed in the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) Guide under Certification for Alternate Recertification Periods, Activity Type 545: SNA, School Nutrition Specialist. Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (RDs/DTRs) who successfully pass the SNS exam after June 1, 2017 can earn 75 CPEUs. Instructions on how to receive your CPEU certificate for passing the SNS exam are included in the pass notification letter.

School Nutrition Specialists

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2900 S. Quincy Street, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22206
servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org  

Tel (703) 824-3000
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