Why Should I Earn My Certificate?

With new professional standards coming from USDA, it’s more important than ever to invest in school nutrition training and education. Getting your Certificate in School Nutrition from SNA will give you a head start to prepare for professional standards.

Earning your Certificate in School Nutrition will:

  • Provide a career ladder you can use to advance in the field
  • Add credibility to your position and to your school’s program
  • Enhance your professional image with supervisors, parents, and administrators
  • Stay current on the latest issues and solutions related to your job

SNA Certificate in School Nutrition – Program Guide (pdf)
Download the PDF guide to learn more about approved core courses and requirements to earn your SNA Certificate in School Nutrition.

Click here to see the initial requirements and download your application form.

* Note that SNA’s certification program has been re-named the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition program. Click here for FAQs related the name change


SNA Level One Certificate-Approved 10 hour Core Courses for Minnesota Nutrition

(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**




(Click on “online courses” to register)

Education courses offered online at NFSMI support the professional development and training of child nutrition program personnel at all levels of responsibility. The NFSMI’s online course system supports the research-based competencies, knowledge, and skills needed for excellence in child nutrition program management.

NFSMI 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. All SNA approved Key area classes are noted. Additionally, NFSMI online courses are offered free of charge. Click the link to learn more about NFSMI Online Training Features.

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

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.



*Training classes are posted by Trainer Name and a link to the trainers classes.

Valerie Johns (Edina Location)
Valerie Johns February Training 2015

Rae Ann Pelinka (Savage Location)
Rae Ann Pelinka Winter Spring 2015

Mary Betlach (Robbinsdale Location)
Mary Betlach-Certificate Classes Jan and February 2015

Marcia Hauer (Elk River Location)
Marcia Hauer Training Classes

Linda Pfeffer (Mahtomedi Location)
Linda Pfeffer-2015 Winter Spring Non-District

Valerie Johns (Edina Location)
Valerie Johns March Training 2015


ServSafe & Other Sanitation (Food Manager Certification ) Classes

On-going At various locations and dates throughout Minnesota and online course option
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
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
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 Contact: www.extension.umn. edu/foodsafety or contact: Connie Schwartau 507-337-2819
Various locations throughout Minnesota Mankato:
Register for classes here!
Register for HoW-TO and Equipment classes here!
Visit the TouchPoint site here.

New**A Chinese Class to be held on October 27th.
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Online Webinars from MDE
Click on Title of session to access the session.
  • “Food Service Basics”training intended for charter schools and small sponsors. This is a “crash course” in administration and operation of a school food service program intended for new sponsors or new employees 3 hour webinar.
  • School Meals Certification for Additional 6 Cent Reimbursement.” This 2-hour webinar session introduces the menu certification process necessary to receive the additional 6 cent per lunch meal additional reimbursement, and the Excel templates that must be utilized. This is an introductory overview of the certification tools and menu certification
  • “6 Cent Menu Certification Process.” This is 1-hour webinar that provides training on how to start entering data on the required USDA menu certification Excel documents in order for sponsors to receive the additional 6 cent lunch meal reimbursement.