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 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  
Refresh Your Menus the Crazy-Easy Way
 September 2018
 1140: Menu Planning
Fuel the Student Machine
 May 2018
 1300: General Nutrition
Are You (and Your Students)Ready to Veg Out?
 January 2018
 1160: Menu Planning
 Beyond the Rainbow
 September 2017
 1300: General Nutrition
Vim, Vigor and Vitamins March 2017 1320: General Nutrition
 What's Standard About Standardized Recipes?
November 2016 1140: Writing Standardized Recipes
 Fish Facts for Good Health September 2016  1320: General Nutrition

Key Area 2: Operations

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
 Know Your Enemy
April 2018
2630: General Food Safety Procedures
 Kitchen Safety Never Goes Out of Style
December 2017
2620: Operations Food Handler
 Tip Jar: Cash in on Cashier Training Dos and Dont's
August 2017
2300: Cashier and and Point of Service (POS)
Out of the Frying Pan
May 2017
2620: General Food Safety Procedures
 We're Just Sick About It
December 2016
2640: Food Safety Culture
A Look at the (CN) Label August 2016 2150: CN Labeling, Crediting

Key Area 3: Administration

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
Revisiting Recess Before Lunch June/July 2018 3230: Healthy Food & Environment
When Kids Pay? March 2018 3300: Financial Management
Do You Dare to SHARE? November 2017 3250: Manage Water, Energy & Waste
Trash Talk April 2017 3250: Water, Energy & Waste
Let's Be Fair! January 2017 3420: Civil Rights Training
 What a Disaster! June/July 2016   3240: Emergency & Disaster Plans

Key Area 4: Communications & Marketing

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
Understanding Tomorrow's Tastemakers Today August 2018 4120: Communication Skills
10 Secrets to Body Language Literacy February 2018 4140: Communication Skills
Sidestepping Customer Service Traps October 2017 4130: Customer Service
 A Midsummer Meal's Dream
June/July 2017 4120: Program Promotion
Have a No Bummer Summer  February 2017 4120: Program Promotion
Inside the Millennial Mind October 2016 4120: Program Promotion

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