SNP Professional Standards
USDA has established minimum professional standards requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The standards, another key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), aim to institute minimum education standards for new State and local school nutrition directors as well as annual training standards for all school nutrition professionals. These new standards will ensure school nutrition personnel have the knowledge, training, and tools they need to plan, prepare, and purchase healthy products to create nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals.
This final rule:
- Created minimum hiring standards for new school food authority (SFA) directors based on a school district’s size;
- Established minimum hiring standards for new state directors of school nutrition programs and state directors of distributing agencies; and
- Required minimum annual training for all new and current school nutrition professionals (see the chart below).
Continuing Education/Training Hours
|Position||2016-17 School Year
|All Directors||12 hours of annual continuing education/training|
|All Managers||10 hours of annual continuing education/training|
|All Other Staff||6 hours of annual continuing education/training|
(Work <20 hours per week)
|4 hours of annual continuing education/training|
New directors hired on or after July 1, 2015 are subject to new education requirements. Existing directors will be grandfathered in their current position. View the new hiring standards.
Professional Standards Learning Objectivities
The professional standards learning objectivities are a resource for school nutrition employees and trainers. The training topics are in four key areas:
Each key area has several key topics and specific training subjects with objectives that will asset training planners or those taking training. View the professional standards objectives and key topics.
Professional Standards Tracking
Professional standards tracking must include the employee’s position, date of hire, and number of continuing education/ training hours earned. Each district determines the tracking method used. Documentation of training must be maintained locally and may include training agendas and sign in sheets.
For additional information, visit the USDA professional standards website.