SNS Benefits, Requirements and Fees

Benefits of the SNS Credential

  • Provides formal recognition of professional achievement at a national level
  • Provides professional recognition from subordinates, peers and superiors
  • Increases ability to manage a complex food service operation
  • Demonstrates commitment to the school nutrition profession
  • Enhances career opportunities
  • Elevates self-esteem and pride in one’s work
  • Improves credibility with school district administrators and the general public
  • Definition of a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS)

    An SNS is a person who has successfully passed the School Nutrition Specialist exam, demonstrated the knowledge and competencies necessary to manage school nutrition programs and is dedicated to continuing their professional development. 

    Requirements

    Individuals interested in taking the SNS Credentialing Exam must meet the requirements of one of the options listed below:

    ACADEMIC
    REQUIREMENT
    KEY AREA HOURS
    REQUIREMENT
    WORK EXPERIENCE
    REQUIREMENT

    O
    P
    T
    I
    O
    N

    I

      ✔ 60 College Credits or Associates Degree
      ✔ An additional 30 College Credits in any of the four Key Areas:
      Operation, Nutrition, Administration, Communications/Marketing
    OR
      ✔ Work experience in coordinating, managing or supervising various aspects of child nutrition programs may be substituted for the 30 college credits.For example, 1 year of work experience equals 10 college credits. Therefore, 3 years of additional work experience may be used to substitute the additional 30 college credits listed above.
      ✔ One year work experience related to school nutrition within the past 5 years in any of the following settings:
      ❑ School Nutrition Program

      (District/State/
      Federal)
      ❑ Community Nutrition Program
      (Child Care/Head Start)
      ❑ College/University/
      Technical/Culinary Program
      (Staff/Faculty/
      Research)
      ❑ SNA State/National Association Staff
      ❑ State/Community Agency
      ❑Trainer/Consultant/
      Industry Staff

    O
    P
    T
    I
    O
    N

    II

     
      ✔ Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
     
      ✔ None
     

      ✔ One year work experience related to school nutrition within the past 5 years in any of the following settings:  
      ❑ School Nutrition Program (District/State/
      Federal)
      ❑ Community Nutrition Program (Child Care/Head Start)
      ❑ College/University/
      Technical/Culinary Program (Staff/Faculty/
      Research)
      ❑ SNA State/National Association Staff
      ❑ State/Community Agency
      ❑ Trainer/Consultant/
      Industry Staff


    SNA accepts payments made by Check, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. 

    NOTE: There is a $40.00 late fee for applications submitted or postmarked after the registration deadline.

    SNA reserves the right to modify fees.

     

    SNS Exam Application Fee

    The SNS exam application fee is: 

    • $ 210.00 for SNA Members
    • $ 305.00 for Non-Members

    The exam application fee covers one exam sitting.

    If the exam candidate is deemed ineligible to sit for the SNS Exam or cancels the exam registration, SNA will refund the exam fee minus a processing fee of $ 50.00.

    NOTE: Participation in the SNS credentialing program is voluntary and open to anyone working in the school nutrition industry. Those who do not meet the requirements to take the credentialing exam can choose to earn a SNA Certificate in School Nutrition. For more information on the Certificate Program, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/certificate.

    Membership in SNA is not mandatory to become credentialed; however, non-members will pay a higher fee than members.

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    National Harbor, MD 20745
    servicecenter@schoolnutrition.org

    Tel (301) 686-3100
    Fax (301) 686-3115

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