Child Nutrition Training Academy

School Nutrition Association Year 1 & 2 Certification Training

Mission:    To provide training for school nutrition professionals to build accountable, healthy school nutrition environments that promote students’ nutritional well-being and academic achievement.



For 52 years, the Nebraska Department of Education and the University of Nebraska Lincoln have had a history of delivering quality educational experiences for school food service managers and nutrition staff members. This tradition continues to address professional standards and education requirements through the Child Nutrition Training Academy.


A confirmation email will be sent to you after completing the online registration and a receipt will be mailed to you after we have received your registration and payment.

All registrations and payments must be postmarked by May 10, 2019. 


The training academy is a learning environment which strengthens professionalism, builds confidence, inspires critical thinking and cultivates creativity through experiential learning. Your district will benefit from a better understanding of program regulations to ensure integrity.  Attendees will create S.M.A.R.T. goals to encourage accountability for changes they would like to implement in their food service operation. The academy is designed to fit the needs of experienced, as well as new school food service professionals by offering three training opportunities:

Year 1

  • Recommended for school food service personnel
  • Prerequisite: Nutrition 101 and Food Safety in Schools (Food Safety in School  or ServSafe must have been taken in the last 5 years)
  • Topics include school nutrition, food safety, kitchen math & recipes, Farm to School, and customer service
  • Coursework eligible for Level 2 School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certification*

*Earn 46 hours – must have high school diploma or equivalent


Year 2

  • Recommended for staff responsible for day-to-day management of school meals program, such as food service managers or directors, supervisors, head cooks, production and service staff and potential managers
  • Prerequisite: Must have attended Year 1 through the Child Nutrition Training Academy or Nebraska Training and Education for Nutrition Teams (NTENT)
  • Topics include management, nutrition, menu planning, and purchasing
  • Provides continuing education hours for School Food Service Managers
  • Coursework eligible for Level 3 SNA Certification*

*Earn 86 hours over 2 year period – must have high school diploma or equivalent


Continuing Education Academy

  • Recommended for school food service personnel
  • Multiple Topics for Professional Development
  • Hours will vary depending on courses selected

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Certification

For more information about SNA Certification visit the National School Nutrition Association’s website at:

In order to meet SNA certification requirements, you must attend all scheduled classes. Your ability to receive certification may be affected if classes are not attended.


Make checks payable to “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”

Mail check payments to:

c/o Joan Kunzman
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
202 Ruth Leverton
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0806

**Please include your name, schools, and “Child Nutrition Training Academy” with your payment.

All registrations and payments must be postmarked by May 10, 2019. 

No refunds will be given after May 10, 2019.


Registration is now closed.

If you will be attending Year 1 Certification, you must send us a copy of your certificates for completing Nutrition 101 and Food Safety in Schools (or ServSafe), postmarked by May 10.

Fax:    (402) 471-4407
Mail:   Child Nutrition Training Academy
Nutrition Services
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Prerequisite documents sent after May 10 will result in registrant going on the wait list.

Please note participants must be at least 19 years of age to attend the Child Nutrition Training Academy. 

All registrations and payments must be postmarked by May 10, 2019. 



Classes are taught in the East Campus Union, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, located at 35th and Holdrege Streets. The campus address is 1705 Arbor Drive, Lincoln, NE.

Check in

Check in for those attending Year 1 and Year 2 will be on Monday June 3, 2019, at 7:00 – 7:15 a.m.  There will be a quick meeting from 7:15–  7:25 a.m. for all participants before classes begin at 7:30 a.m.

Check in for those attending Continuing Education only will be on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at 7:30 – 7:50 a.m.


Classes are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Lunch is on your own each day.

Classes are scheduled on Thursday, June 6, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with lunch provided.

On Friday, June 7, classes will be from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with lunch provided.


Classes are designed to include demonstrations, group activities and lectures. Class content includes federal and state regulations applicable to the school meals program, food safety, menu planning, purchasing and marketing.

Be on time for class. Cell phone use during class time is not permitted.

Some of the classes we are offering this year:

Table Top Food Defense Training : Tabletop Exercise involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. May be used to assess plans, policies, and procedures. Training exercise provides suggestions for preventive measures and various resources for developing food defense and emergency preparedness plans.  Facilitated by Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).

Managing Personal Conflict: Participants will identify the many factors that may influence the way people interact and/or respond to conflict. Self-reflection is a critical component of this training that aims to help participants identify characteristics of their own personalities and attitudes, in addition to any existing biases and stereotypes they may have. Finally, participants will engage in identifying non-productive behaviors and in building skills that will help promote successful conflict resolution.   Facilitated by Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN).

Mock Food Inspections:  An interactive, activity-based training utilizing the concept of a mock health inspection. Participants will be able to explain why health inspections are conducted at least twice a year in schools and the role of periodic inspections and self-inspections to enhance the effectiveness of food safety management programs. Participants will be able to identify risk-based food safety practices and conduct a risk-based inspection.  Facilitated by Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)

Fun with Dry Beans: An interactive class on fun ways to introduce dry beans to students.

Norovirus:  Norovirus is very important because more than half of all food-related outbreaks of gastroenteritis is caused by norovirus.  Every school nutrition employee plays an important part in norovirus control to prevent foodborne illness.  Facilitated by Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN)


Lunch on Thursday and Friday is included with your registration fee.  All other meals are on your own.  We have compiled a Map of gas stations and restaurants near UNL East Campus for your convenience.

Campus Housing

On campus housing is located on East Campus in the new Massengale Residential Center, 1710 Arbor Drive, Lincoln, NE. You may check in after 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 2.  Bed linens are furnished with each room; pillow, blankets, towels and soap are not. Attendees staying in campus housing will receive a parking permit which allows you to park in designated parking on East Campus when you check in.

For questions about housing: 
Joan Kunzman
202 Ruth Leverton Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0806
Phone: (402) 472-3867

For questions about the training:
Beth Haas, NDE Nutrition Services
Program Specialist
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
Phone (402) 471-2488
Toll Free (800) 731-2233
Fax: (402) 471-4407

If any participants require a sign language interpreter, alternate formats of print materials or wheelchair accessibility, please notify our office at least two weeks prior to the workshop date at (402) 471-2488 or (800) 731-2233.

Updated May 13, 2019 8:05am