Food and Nutrition Service provides training opportunities for sponsors of School Nutrition Programs to support successful operations of programs in compliance with federal regulations. Training opportunities include online training through e-learning, real-time webinars with interactive learning and opportunities to ask questions, and classes offered around the state and at the Minnesota Department of Education.
Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals
This site allows school nutrition staff to search for training that meets their learning needs. Each listing contains information about the training, including how to access, developer, date, learning objectives covered, and more
Earning your Certificate in School Nutrition shows your commitment to your profession and helps you stay current on the job. SNA’s Certificate Program is built on the four key areas fundamental to USDA Professional Standards:
Effective July 1, 2015, SNA is aligning its Certificate in School Nutrition program more closely with USDA Professional Standards. This alignment will provide a consistent approach so you only have to meet one set of annual training requirements.
Initial Certificate Application Requirements
Current initial application requirements for the Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Certificate program remain the same with the exception of the addition of one 8 hour core course in food safety and sanitation as a requirement for each option of the Level 3 certificate.
Renewing Your Certificate
A new renewal process for Level 1 has been developed to align with professional standards continuing education requirements. Renewals will now be based upon membership type, as follows:
1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 hour of training for Professional Standards
Training must be in one of the four key areas and your specific training plan and topic areas should be determined by (or in conjunction with your) supervisor.
A new certificate guide is now available outlining these changes and how you can earn CEUs.
SNA will check proof of CEUs via a random audit. Only those chosen for the audit will be required to send in documentation of CEUs earned. If you are selected for an audit, notification to send CEU documentation to SNA will be included in your annual renewal notice.
Note: Although SNA strongly encourages certificate holders to meet the new annual renewal requirements, there is a 12 month transition period for those being audited. Until July 1, 2016, SNA will still accept the old program CEU requirements (Level 1 = 6 CEUs, Level 2 = 12 CEUs, Level 3 = 18 CEUs).
SNA Level One Certificate-Approved 10 hour Core Courses for Minnesota Nutrition
- Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays™ Register for the online course
- Nutrition 101 (10 hour course by NFSMI) Register for the free online course
(Click on “online courses” to register)
**Healthy Edge will no longer be available as of April 30th, 2013
**Note that MN Fundamentals/School Basic is no longer a SNA Core Course**
- Serving It Safe (10 hour course by NFSMI) Register for the free online course
(Click on “online courses” to register)
Institute of Child Nutrition (formally NFSMI) Online Training
Continuing education courses offered online at ICN support the professional development and training of child nutrition program personnel at all levels of responsibility. The ICN’s online course system supports the research-based competencies, knowledge, and skills needed for excellence in child nutrition program management.
ICN online training provides self-paced online courses that may be completed over multiple sessions. Once a course has been completed, a certificate of completion is provided and may be used to satisfy certain certification and credentialing requirements. Additionally, ICN online courses are offered free of charge. Click the link to learn more about ICN Online Training Features.
All SNA approved Key area classes are noted.
Note: Initial courses for Level One for the SNA Certificate program can be achieved by taking the free online training of Serving It Safe and Nutrition 101. (Serving It Safe course does NOT qualify for the MN Food Manager Certificate from the MN Dept. Of Health)
Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays™
This á la carte version of Nutrition Building Blocks is for Minnesota school foodservice professionals, who can earn continuing education units for free by for completing any of the ten modules. The modules can be viewed individually and in any order.
The time it takes to complete each module varies. You decide which modules to work through for a total of 2 hours or more to meet SNA requirements. If you need to meet the 10-hour basic nutrition requirement for SNA level 1 certification, register for the full Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays™ online course (see above).
SNA Key Area Hour listings for NFSMI Online Courses & Webinars
- Key Area Hours – NFSMI (excel)
SNA Webinar Archives
Browse SNA archived webinars based on key area or learn how to take advantage of your SNA member benefits from our member benefit webinar series. Completion of any webinar categorized by Key Area is worth 1 CEU
School Nutrition University
The School Nutrition Association’s online university has been designed to provide training and education to professionals working in all levels of the school nutrition and foodservice industry in a convenient “anytime, anywhere” format. Click for more information.
KEY AREA TRAINING CERTIFICATE CLASSES
Sanitation (Food Manager Certification ) Classes
MN Department of Education Training Classes
|DATE||KEY AREA & LOCATION||TOPIC||CONTACT|
|On-going||At various locations and dates throughout Minnesota and online course option
KEY AREA 1- 4 CLOCK HOURS
|Food Manager Re-Certification “Serve It Up Safely”$75.00; We offer classes throughout Minnesota. You can also earn certified food manager renewal clock hours online. This interactive web course meets all of the requirements set by the MN Dept of Health.||Contact: www.extension.umn. edu/foodsafetyor contact: Connie Schwartau 507-337-2819 email@example.com|
|On-going||At various dates and locations throughout Minnesota and an On-line Training option KEY AREA 1 10 CLOCK HOURS
(Online course does not meet the SNA core course requirement)
|Food Manager Certification “ServSafe”$175.00 Classes use ServSafe® curriculum. Fee includes course, text book, materials exam, and certificate.
Online course uses Tap Series curriculum. Fee includes course, exam, and certificate and CD rom for dial-up internet or link to the course for high speed internet.
|Contact: www.extension.umn. edu/foodsafetyor contact: Connie Schwartau 507-337-2819 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|On-going||online course option||Food Allergen Training for Food Service Employees: One-hour interactive web-based course teaches food handlers about food allergies and the important role they have to protect the health of customers. Approved for one training hour for MN Certified Food Managers. $10 per person. Register at extension.umn.edu/food-safety/||Contact: www.extension.umn. edu/foodsafety or contact: Connie Schwartau 507-337-2819 email@example.com|
Various locations throughout Minnesota Mankato:
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New**A Chinese Class to be held on October 27th.
|KEY AREA #1||FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION TRAINER & CONSULTANT Lars Johnson provides certification classes, onsite training, site visits, and speaking engagements throughout Minnesota in English and Spanish.Food safety certification, re-certification, in-service training, health department support, metro classes, southern Minnesota, Prometric, instructor, food manager training, staff training, FoodSafetyGuy, renewal course. For more information http://foodsafetyguy.com/Will accept Cool School Rewards Points for class room certification and re-certification classes!||Contact: Lars Johnson aka FoodSafetyGuy507-990-5129Independent Trainer|
|Training Resources from MN Dept. Of Education for School Nutrition Programs||Food and Nutrition Service provides training opportunities for sponsors of School Nutrition Programs to support successful operations of programs in compliance with federal regulations. Training opportunities include online training through e-learning, real-time webinars with interactive learning and opportunities to ask questions, and classes offered around the state and at the Minnesota Department of Education.||Click here for Training Resources on MDE website|