Professional Standards


The Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals became effective on July 1, 2015 and is a key provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff. Required training topic areas will vary according to position and job requirements. There are, also, minimum hiring standards for school nutrition program directors.

Professional Standards Training Requirements – This document addresses training requirements and includes links to a number of continuing education resources.

USDA Database of Professional Standards Training

This site allows school nutrition staff to search for training that meets their learning needs.

School Nutrition Association (SNA) USDA Professional Standards Hub – SNA has created the following resources to assist you with understanding the new requirements.

Nutrition Services School Lunch Training – Workshops and online training from the Nutrition Services staff

Updated August 30, 2023 9:08am