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Initial Certification Requirements

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Benefits of Certification

Becoming SNA certified adds credibility to your position and to your school's program. Certification enhances the profession's overall image with parents, children and school administrators. It is also a factor in attracting people to careers in school foodservice and nutrition.
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Additional Benefits:

professional recognition from peers and superiors;

increased self-esteem and pride in one's work;

formal recognition of professional achievement;

improvement of skills and knowledge, resulting in higher quality work and better service to school children;

greater understanding of the role school foodservice and nutrition

programs play in child development;

demonstration of commitment to one's chosen profession; and

preparation for higher job responsibilities

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INITIAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Nutrition Certification

How to Become SNA Certified

School food service and nutrition personnel who wish to apply for certification must submit an application packet to SNA, P.O. Box 791004, Baltimore, MD 21279-1004. Your packet must include:

Completed certification application form available in Adobe Acrobat format. SNA will review and process all complete applications within 4-6 weeks. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Certification fee as listed on the application, and

Required documentation showing that you meet the certification requirements outlined below. Such documents may include a high school diploma/GED certificate, specialized training certificates received within the past five years, and/or college transcripts
Certification Requirements
  Level 1 Level2 Level3
Minimum Required Work Experience
1 Year 1Year 1Year
Minimum Academic Education Requirement
Less than high school diploma/GED
High School diploma/GED
Post-secondary
Minimum Specialized Training Requirement**
(in Adobe Acrobat format)
30 hours
90 hours
150 hours**
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When SNA has processed your application, you will receive a certification packet, which includes:

A certificate indicating the certification period;
Instructions and procedures for certification renewal;
A wallet-sized certification card; and
A CEU tracking form

Certification is issued for a three-year period and is renewable every three years, assuming that you satisfy the criteria for renewal. * Post-secondary requirement for Level 3: Applicant must have completed at least one college credit course prior to applying for certification. Transcript or diploma must be submitted as documentation. ** Specialized Training courses must be within five years from application for certification, with the exception of nine college-level semester hours in sanitation and safety, nutrition and foodservice management for Level 3.

RECERTIFICATON CEU REQUIRMENTS

Re-Certification

How to Become SNA Certified
Renewal applications are mailed three months prior to the certification expiration date. Required continuing education units for re-certification are:

 
Certification Requirements
  Level 1 Level2 Level3
Certification Level
1 Year 1Year 1Year
Minimum Academic Education Requirement
Less than high school diploma/GED
High School diploma/GED
Post-secondary
Minimum Specialized Training Requirement**
(in Adobe Acrobat format)
30 hours
90 hours
150 hours**
Certified Members must maintain records of their continuing education units and will be required to verify these units when applying for re-certification.
Applicants must complete the certification renewal form and sends it, along with payment and documentation of having earned the required number of continuing education units.
Incomplete applications will be returned to Applicants.
The renewal application, fee and required continuing education units must be received by the Applicants expiration date. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of certification.
In order to pay the member rate at time of renewal, Applicants must maintain their membership during the entire three-year certification period. Otherwise, Applicants will be required to pay the non-member rate.


UPGRADE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Moving One Certification Level to the Next

How to Become SNA Certified

You may change levels by meeting the additional academic education and specialized training hours for the new level.
You must provide documentation of completed additional requirements.
Specialized training requirements for new level must be met by your next re-certification date.
Your renewal date will be changed to reflect the time of the level change.
You may lower certification level by submitting the required CEUs for that level, along with your
certification application and appropriate fee.


Current certified members may upgrade to a higher level of certification by documenting that they meet the requirements for the higher level minus the requirements they already meet by being certified at their current certification level. See upgrading chart (in Adobe Acrobat format). If you change levels (upgrade/downgrade), you will be given a new expiration date and will be expected to meet the continuing education requirements for the new level at that expiration date.

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