SNA-VT Education and Professional Development
The following opportunities offer individuals the chance to stay current in the field of child
nutrition and gain increased respect in the field through demonstrated knowledge and
expertise. Two types of professional development are offered through SNA.
SNA offers individuals the opportunity to earn certification at three levels in five key areas
of child nutrition and food service. Earn certification credits by attending workshops and
conferences, reading articles in the SNA monthly magazine, and taking college level
courses or other courses in any of the key areas. Individuals keep track of the credits
they earn and then submit a form to SNA with proof of course/content completion when
enough credits are earned. This is a good way to improve professional status in your job,
gain important knowledge, and keep current in the field of child nutrition.
The SNA Credentialing Exam is a proctored exam offered in VT at Summer Institute and
at the SNA-VT Annual Conference as well as at other SNA events and conferences around
the country. The exam requires about three to six months of study or expertise in all
areas of Child Nutrition Management. Registration and payment to sit for this exam is
arranged through the SNA national website. Exams can be taken up to three times. Upon
successful completion of the exam SNA will issue the title of “School Nutrition Specialist
(SNS)”. This designation must be renewed each year.
Please visit the SNA website for more detailed information and to register for an exam or
apply for certification.