To Your Credit - Online Professional Development Articles (PDAs)

Earn CEUs online using School Nutrition magazine's monthly "To Your Credit" CEU tests!

To complete a Professional Development Article (PDA) test:

  1. Decide which month’s article you would like to read prior to taking the exam (see charts organized by Key Area below).*
  2. Don’t have your magazine handy? Review and/or print an article from the archive list below. Note: You will need to be an SNA member and/or registered user of to access articles.
  3. Place an “order” for the test and pay for it through SNA’s Shopping Cart before you start answering the questions.
  4. Once you have paid for the test, you will be taken to a page to select the specific month’s test that you would like to complete (see charts below).
  5. Follow the instructions for payment and for completing the test page. Once you submit your answers, you will receive an e-mail acknowledgement immediately. CEUs will be recorded on MyAccount once you have passed the test. To pass the test, you must earn a grade of 80% or higher. SNA Service Center staff will inform you if do not pass the test.
  6. Once you place your order, you will not be able to cancel it and start again. Please be prepared to take the test at the time you place your order and make your payment.  If the test page is idle for 20 minutes without refreshing the web page, members will be logged out and redirected to the SNA homepage.  There will be no refunds.

*Participants in the SNA Certificate in School Nutrition program are only allowed to submit three passing PDA tests per year. Each PDA has been aligned to USDA's Professional Standards Learning Codes. 

Ready to take the test and earn CEUs? Click here to take a test!

Magazine Article Archive

Key Area 1: Nutrition

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
Cool Beans!
November 2019
 1210: Nutrition Education
Fats: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
February 2019
 1320: General Nutrition
Refresh Your Menus the Crazy-Easy Way
September 2018
1140: Menu Planning
Fuel the Student Machine
 May 2018
 1300: General Nutrition
Are You (and Your Students)Ready to Veg Out?
 January 2018
 1160: Menu Planning

Key Area 2: Operations

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
 An Authoritative “Record” Collection
March 2019
2120: Food Production Records
 Buy American, Eat American
October 2018
2400: Purchasing/Procurement
 Know Your Enemy
April 2018
2630: General Food Safety Procedures

Key Area 3: Administration

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
Managerial Mistakes to Avoid   January 2020 3210: Manage Staff Work
Right On Schedule   September 2019 3210: Program Management
Who's Got Your Back?   June/July 2019 3450: Employee Health, Safety & Wellness
Don't Be Trashy: Recycle   January 2019 3250: Manage Water, Energy & Waste
Training Plans 101   November 2018 3430: Training Plans & Tracking
Revisiting Recess Before Lunch   June/July 2018 3230: Healthy Food & Environment
When Kids Pay?   March 2018 3300: Financial Management

Key Area 4: Communications & Marketing

Article Title   Date of Publication   USDA Professional Standard Code  
Lights, Camera, Lunchtime!   May 2019 4120: Program Promotion
Social Media Butterfly or Buffoon?   December 2018 4120: Social Media
Understanding Tomorrow’s Tastemakers Today   August 2018 4120: Program Promotion
10 Secrets to Body Language Literacy   February 2018 4140: Communication Skills

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