Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's USDA final rule, Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the HHFKA of 2010, requires minimum education standards and annual training standards for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). These standards ensure that school nutrition personnel have the knowledge, training, and tools needed to plan, prepare, and purchase healthy products to create nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals.

 Minimum Annual Training Requirements for School Nutrition Employees *
Job Category Continuing Education Hours
Directors 12
Managers 10
All Other Staff (other than the director or manager) who works an average of at least 20 hours per week 6
Part-time Staff (work less than 20 hours per week) 4
 Mid-year Hires in All Categories (January 1 or later) Half of training requirement for each job category
 * Annual requirements apply to the 12 months between July 1 and June 30.

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