SNA Certificate Program – New Bridge Level

Launching July 2018

SNA’s Certificate Program New Bridge Level Video – Your Questions Answered!

Why a new level? Why now?
SNA’s Certificate in School Nutrition program currently offers 3 levels for school nutrition professionals to complete, with a majority at Level 1.

In 2015, SNA made changes to the certificate program requirements to more closely align the program with USDA Professional Standards annual training requirements.

Given that Professional Standards now requires annual training, SNA began exploring ways for members to have a more realistic professional development growth path and help them strive toward continued education and experiences.

With the current levels, moving from Level 1 to Level 2 represents a big jump (70 hours).

The new Level 2 will require less hours (46 hours) than the current Level 2 requirement of 86 hours. This represents a more realistic growth opportunity for members with a Level 1 certificate, who would like to continue their professional development.

I have a Certificate now—what does this mean for me?
⇨ LEVEL 1: No changes. But consider moving up to Level 2!
⇨ LEVELS 2 and 3: Automatic transition to the new Level name at renewal.
For example, current Level 3 Certificate holders will become Level 4 Certificate holders at renewal, as the requirements are the same. This is a name change only

I am interested in moving up to Level 2, what do I do next?
If you are interested, more guidance on the application process will be available in late 2017/early 2018. But you should go ahead and get a head start by taking training now so that you can meet the requirements needed to apply for the new Level 2 in July 2018!

I still have questions!
More detailed information about the bridge level will be posted here as it becomes available, but if you still have questions please contact our Certificate Team at

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