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.

New SNS Exam Launched in July 2019

SNA released a new School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam in July 2019 which had some minor content area modifications.

With the increased focus on procurement in school nutrition, Content Area IV:Procurement and Inventory Management has been split and renamed ContentArea IV:  Procurement Management. This content area is now entirely dedicated to procurement related competencies and accounts for 5.5% of the overall exam.  The inventory related competencies have been redistributed to other content areas, mainly Content Area III.  To reflect this change, Content Area III is now named Food Production, Inventory, andOperation Management.

Please note that overall the test competencies have not changed, they have been redistributed to better reflect the current responsibilities of school nutrition professionals.  The content area weightings have also not changed.

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How to Apply

Location Host/Meeting Registration
Exam Date
Loveland, CO

CO SNA 05/26/2020 06/16/2020
Greensboro, NC

NC SNA 06/02/2020 06/23/2020
Austin, TX

TX SNA 06/07/2020 06/28/2020
Nashville, TN

ANC SNA 06/19/2020 07/11/2020
Brandon, MS

MS SNA 07/1/2020 07/22/2020
St. Cloud, MN

MN SNA 07/12/2020 08/02/2020
Kansas City, MO

MO SNA 10/23/2020 11/13/2020


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 – 2019 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)

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 Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (RDNs/NDTRs) who successfully pass the SNS exam after June 1, 2017 can earn CPEUs. The SNS exam has been approved for 75 CPEUs for CDR cycles ending through 2024 and 40 CPEUs thereafter. Instructions on how RDNs/NDTRs can receive a CPEU certificate for passing the SNS exam are included in the pass notification letter.

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