Anchoring the SNA Ship Through Certification and Credentialing Sandra Ford, SNS Danny Seymour, SNSApril 24, 2008
About SNA • SNA’s MISSION: To advance good nutrition for all children. • SNA’s primary activities are: • Providing education and training. • Setting standards through certification and credentialing. • Gathering and transmitting regulatory, legislative, industry, nutritional and other types of information related to school nutrition. • Representing the nutritional interests of all children. SNA has 52 state affiliates, hundreds of local chapters and over 55,000 members nationwide.
School Nutrition Association CERTIFICATION PROGRAM Requirements for candidates
Why Become Certified? • Increase your knowledge & skills of food safety and nutrition to create a healthy school environment. • Enhance your professional image with parents, children & school administrators. • Stay current on issues concerning school nutrition initiatives. • Demonstrate commitment to your profession. • Climb a career ladder and advance in the field.
Annual Program • SNA Certification has been an annual renewal program since September 1, 2008. • New applicants follow the new requirements described in the Certification Guide. • Certified individuals earn CEUs annually and pay an annual renewal fee.
Grandfathering SNA will honor the existing expiration date for those with a three year certification period who are scheduled to expire on or before September 1, 2011. They will follow the former certification renewal guidelines and pay the annual fee. Those with a 3 year certification period will be enrolled in the new program at the time of their certification expiration date once their certification isrenewed.
Certification Levels LEVEL 1 Certification LEVEL 2 Certification LEVEL 3 Certification TRAINER Certification
Level 1 Requirements NOTE:Core Requirement courses & Key Area hours cannot date back further than five years of the date you apply for initial certification. College courses can be used for initial certification regardless of how many years ago they were taken.
Level 2 Requirements NOTE:Core Requirement courses & Key Area hours cannot date back further than five years of the date you apply for initial certification. College courses can be used for initial certification regardless of how many years ago they were taken.
Level 3 Requirements NOTE:There are two ways to earn Level 3. Use Table A for college courses only. College courses can be used for initial certification regardless of how many years ago they were taken.
Call Statistics • On average, SNA receives around 1,200 calls per month. • Out of the 1,200 calls about 530 pertain to certification. That’s about 44% of the total calls received monthly. • SNA received calls from certified members & non-members, prospects, State Presidents, State Association Execs, Certification Chairs & Processors. • PLEASE NOTE! This does not include email and FAX communiques
Key Areas Key Area 1 - Operations Key Area 2 - Nutrition Key Area 3 - Administration Key Area 4 – Communications/Marketing
Key Area Requirement Courses: • Must be at least 2 hours of active instructional time. (does not include breaks, registration, warm ups) • Completed by attending programs/workshops cannot date back further than five years of the date you apply for initial certification. • Can be earned by completing college courses or participating programs/workshops that offer Key Area hours.
Certification Renewal • Renew annually and pay an annual renewal fee. • Three months prior to their certification expiration date, SNA will mail a letter and renewal application. • Individuals are only required to submit CEU documentation if they are audited by SNA.
CEU Guidelines • Individuals maintain their own documentation. • Used for Certification Renewal only. • Must be completed and earned within the certification renewal period. • Should be job-related. • CEUs for SNA-sponsored events will be maintained in the SNA database.
CEU Documentation for Audits SNA will notify individuals who are selected for an audit of the CEUs they need to submit. • Certificates of Completion • Copies of Rosters • College/University Transcripts • Program Agendas • Program Books/Brochures • Registration Confirmation Letters • Badges • Payment Receipts
Changing Certification Levels • Move from one Level to another by attaining the additional academic and Key Area requirements for the new level. • Submit an application form, certificates of completion for Key Area hours and/or college transcript and payment for the level they are applying for. • Downgrade from one level to the next by submitting the certification renewal form and appropriate fee.
Trainer Certification Renewal Certified Trainers have to maintain their certification by renewing every 3 years and paying an annual maintenance fee. Three months prior to the Trainer Certification expiration date, SNA will mail them a letter and renewal application.
Grandfathering All former Healthy EDGE Trainers have been grandfathered into the new Trainer Certification Program. Their Trainer Certification expiration date is July 31, 2011.
Master Trainer Seminar • Developed by NFSMI. • Pre-Conference Session at ANC in Las Vegas, NV. • Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. • Pre/Post Study. • Meets 10 Hour Trainer Certification Workshop requirement (10 Hours in Key Area 3 Administration.) • Cost: $125 Pre-registration Required.
ANC Education Sessions • Offered at ANC in Las Vegas, NV. • Tuesday, June 30, 2009. • From 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Things to Note • No grace period for certification renewal. • Non SNA members must pay the non-member rate for certification. • Applicants have 30 calendar days to submit missing documentation. After 30 days they must re-apply and pay the initial fee again.
School Nutrition Association PROGRAM APPROVAL Guidelines for SNA State Affiliates
Program Types • Core Requirement Courses • Required for initial certification for all three Levels • Can also be used for certification renewal • Key Area Requirement Courses • Requirement for Level 2 & Level 3 initial certification • Can also be used for certification renewal • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) • Only to be used for Certification Renewal • Not for initial certification
Core Requirements • ALL Core Courses must be approved by SNA. • Complete the Core Course Approval Form. • Must be at least 10 hours of active instructional time(does not include breaks, registration, meals, or warm ups.) • Can be broken up into modules. • Approval is good for 5 years from the date of approval.
Core Requirements • SNA will track approved core courses. • SNA will notify course sponsors when their course is up for re-validation (every 5 years). • Providers must supply a certificate of completion to course participants. • For initial certification, Core Courses cannot date back further than 5 years from the application date.
Key Area Courses • SNA State Affiliates are able to approve in-state Key Area Courses. • State Education Agencies may approvetheir own courses for Key Area hours. • Third party associations offering Key Area Courses within a state must receive approval from SNA State Affiliate. • Third party associations offering Key Area Courses in more than one state must receive approval from SNA Headquarters. • Authorized Providers are able to approve Key Area Courses.
Key Area Courses • Key Area courses/programs must be at least 2 hours of active instructional time (does not include breaks, registration, warm ups.) • Providers must supply a certificate of completion to course participants. • Key Area Courses may be used as CEUs. • For initial certification, Key Area Courses cannot date back further than 5 years of the application date.
Authorized Providers for Key Area Courses • School Nutrition Association (SNA) • School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) • SNA State Affiliates • State Education Agencies (State DOE) • US Department of Agriculture (USDA) • National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) • American Dietetics Association (ADA) • Dietary Managers Association (DMA)
Continuing Education Units - CEUs • SNA State Affiliates do not have to approve their state sponsored activities. • Third party associations offering CEUs within a state must receive approval from SNA State Affiliate. • Third party associations offering CEUs in more than one state must receive approval from SNA Headquarters. • CEUs should reflect job-related growth experiences.
Continuing Education Units - CEUs • CEUs must be at least 1 hour of active instructional time(does not include breaks, registration, warm ups.) • CEUs may be presented in modules totaling one hour. • For certification renewal, CEUs must be earned within the individuals renewal period. • States are not required to maintain individual CEU records.
School Nutrition Association SNS CREDENTIALING PROGRAM Requirements for candidates
Credentialing Overview • The SNS Credentialing Exam tests candidates on the knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to school nutrition. • Individuals who meet all prerequisites and pass the exam earn the designation - School Nutrition Specialist (SNS). • Knapp & Associates, Inc. oversees the electronic grading of the exam. SNA’s School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Program was established in 1997.
Why Become An SNS? • Professional commitment and credibility • Job advancement • Personal accomplishment • Enhanced integrity of all school nutrition professionals Over 1000 Child Nutrition Professionals have earned the SNS credential!