Certificate Program

SNA develops and encourages the highest standards in school foodservice and nutrition programs and provides educational opportunities to ensure the professional development of its members. Our certificate program provides a career ladder that you can climb in the profession whether you are an entry-level assistant, cook or manager of a school, who may want to become a director of a district-wide program.

Earning your Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 SNA Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitment to your profession and helps you stay current on the job. SNA’s Certificate Program is based on the standards of practice in SNA’s Keys to Excellence Program and, effective July 1, 2015 SNA’s Certificate Program will align even more closely with USDA Professional Standards.

Get started to today by reviewing the requirements for each level of SNA’s Certificate Program and download the application form.

3 Steps to Earning Your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition

Step 1: Academic Experience and Requirements

Determine if you have met the academic experience and requirements for the Certificate Level that you would like to apply for. You must meet all requirements for a specific Certificate Level prior to sending your application to SNA.


Get a jump start on your core courses by finding approved SNA Core Courses (in online and workshop formats).

Course suggestions by key area training topics are also available at www.schoolnutrition.org/professionalstandards.

Step 2: Documentation and Payment

  • Gather copies of all your documents using the checklist for the Certificate Level that you are applying for. A GED/High School Diploma is not required for Level 1. Individuals applying for Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in School Nutrition will be required to submit a copy of their High School Diploma/GED along with course documentation, application form and payment.
  • Once you have determined that you qualify for a specific Certificate Level, complete and submit the application form, along with the fee and documentation to the address listed on the form. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed.)
  • Certificate Program Application

Step 3: Celebrate!

Upon approval of your application, SNA will send you a Verification Letter to confirm you earned your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition.

Then share your success and achievement with your friends, co-workers and the students you serve using the fun tools SNA created.