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SNS CREDENTIALING

SNA established the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program in 1997 to enhance the professional image of school nutrition professionals, elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance.

The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to manage school nutrition programs in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs.

SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing program is governed by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council, an autonomous arm of the School Nutrition Association. The Governing Council members and SNA Credentialing Program Staff are solely responsible for the policies and administration of SNA’s Credentialing program.

REVISED EXAM LAUNCHED IN JULY 2017

SNA released a revised version of the exam in July 2017 which includes two-hundred and twenty (220) multiple choice questions of which only two-hundred (200) questions will be scored. The remaining twenty (20) questions will not be scored and are being pre-tested for future examinations. The pre-test items will be randomly dispersed throughout the exam so candidates should plan on answering all questions. This is a standard industry process and best practice approved by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council. Candidates have four (4) hours to complete the exam. For questions about the exam, please email CertSNS@schoolnutrition.org.

HOW TO APPLY

Download and use the SNS Credentialing Handbook & Application to register for the exam.
Read the SNS Exam Preparation Tips
Purchase the SNS Study Guide (optional)

EXAM LOCATIONS

Location Host/Meeting Registration
Deadline
Exam Date
Louisville, KY KY SNA 05/20/2018 06/10/2018
Council Bluff, IA IA SNA 05/31/2018 06/11/2018
Loveland, CO CO SNA 05/22/2018 06/12/2018
San Antonio, TX TX SNA 05/27/2018 06/17/2018
Greensboro, NC NC SNA 05/29/2018 06/19/2018
Wisconsin Dells, WI WI SNA 06/03/2018 06/24/2018
Las Vegas, NV ANC-SNA 06/18/2018 07/08/2018
Brandon, MS MS SNA 06/27/2018 07/18/2018
Rochester, MN MN SNA 07/08/2018 07/29/2018
Framingham, MA MA SNA 07/09/2018 07/30/2018
Pittsburgh, PA PA SNA 07/09/2018 07/30/2018
Osage Beach, MO MO SNA 10/12/2018 11/02/2018
Long Beach, CA CA SNA 10/18/2018 11/08/2018
Anchorage, AK AK SNA 01/07/2019 01/28/2019

Now Available: SNS Study Guide & School Food and Nutrition Service Management Bundle

As a special introductory offer, SNA is offering a SNS Preparation Resources Bundle which includes:

  • School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Study Guide – 2015 Edition
  • School Food and Nutrition Service Management for the 21st Century – 6th Edition, authored by Dot Pannell-Martin & Julie A Boettger

Note: the preparation resources are also available separately in the SNA Bookstore.

SNS EXAM RECOGNIZED BY THE COMMISSION ON DIETETIC REGISTRATION (CDR)

As of June 2017, the SNS Exam is listed in the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) Guide under Certification for Alternate Recertification Periods, Activity Type 545: SNA, School Nutrition Specialist. Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (RDs/DTRs) who successfully pass the SNS exam after June 1, 2017 can earn 75 CPEUs. Instructions on how to receive your CPEU certificate for passing the SNS exam are included in the pass notification letter.

SCHOOL NUTRITION SPECIALISTS

2018 SNS Credential Recipients (pdf)
All SNS Credential Recipients (pdf)

RENEW/MAINTAIN YOUR SNS ONLINE

Member Testimonials

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Mary Venable

Paradise Valley Schools

"I have been involved in the School Nutrition Association and SNAAZ for over 20 years. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without the help and support of SNAAZ. SNA provided me with scholarship opportunities that helped me to finish my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. "

Michael Clark

Crane School District

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Corenda Lewis

Westside Chapter President

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Stephen Protz

Tucson Unified School District

"SNAAZ gives me the opportunity to connect with many different Child Nutrition professionals throughout the state, helping me to grow professionally. "

Ronald Beck

Litchfield Schools

“ SNAAZ provides countless opportunities to grow professionally and network with amazing leaders in school nutrition. With every conference and meeting, I can always count on learning something new and valuable to take back to our schools. I highly recommend becoming a member of SNAAZ to anyone working in child nutrition!”

Brienne Berg

Creighton Schools

"My membership with SNAAZ has been extremely beneficial in networking and collaborating with peers to determine best practices for our nutrition programs. They offer plenty of opportunities to learn more, grow professionally, as well become a leader in the industry."

Jasmine Swier

Laveen School District

"I have been a SNAAZ member for 5 years now.  The conferences are great opportunities for new menu ideas and ways to increase student meal participation.  I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and networking with school nutrition professionals from other districts and across the whole state of Arizona. One significant opportunity that SNAAZ provided me, was by offering the SNS test at the State Conference."

Natalie Tenney

Gilbert Schools

“When I first got into the school nutrition, it was recommended to join SNAAZ. I am so glad I did. I have met some of my best friends through SNAAZ. When I became a director I was so fortunate to have a group of fantastic directors mentor me and help me get through my first year as a new director.”

Shannon Gleave

Glendale Schools

“I have been a member for 18 years and have been able to go to several State and National Conferences. I have been touched by many speakers. I have to say I have enjoyed every class I have taken and am so thankful that I have had this opportunity to learn more about my profession.”

April Smith

Yuma School District

“I’ve been with my district for over 31 years and have been a SNAAZ member most of that time. Over the years I have learned so much from Professional Growth, SNIC and the Annual State Conferences. The sessions offered at the conferences are always informative to help everyone keep up with the “latest and greatest” info and news when it comes to Child Nutrition.  And networking with our peers is always the best.  Thank you SNAAZ for all you do!”

Sandy Rogers

Paradise Valley School District

“Working with the School Nutrition Association of Arizona in partnership with my role at the Dairy Council of Arizona, is vital to meeting my goals and objectives. Through the years, SNAAZ has been a vocal champion of our focus on expanding school breakfast and summer food, providing equipment grants and supporting wellness policy activation with our flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60.  I firmly believe we have had so much success with our outreach and impact to Arizona schools due to the direct partnership and support of SNAAZ with Dairy Council of Arizona.”

Pat Johnson

Arizona Dairy Council

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