ABOUT SNS CREDENTIALING
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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.
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.
|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|
As a special introductory offer, SNA is offering a SNS Preparation Resources Bundle which includes:
Note: the preparation resources are also available separately in the SNA Bookstore.
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.
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Paradise Valley Schools
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Westside Chapter President
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Tucson Unified School District
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“ 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!”
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Yuma School District
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Paradise Valley School District
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Arizona Dairy Council