Training and Professional Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established minimum professional standard requirements for school nutrition professionals who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. The goal of these standards is to ensure that school nutrition personnel have the knowledge, training and tools needed to operate School Nutrition Programs (SNP) successfully. 

The Minnesota Department of Education provides opportunities for training and information on professional standards for SNP staff and managers. Refer to the training and professional standards link on the left for additional information on these topics.

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Calendar lists all agency-sponsored training.

  • Procurement Basics Webinar Series - 11/26/19
    A series of webinar on procurement will be offered January-April 2020 every other Thursday at 2 p.m. The series will cover procurement requirements for Federal Grant Programs focusing on school nutrition program operations. Session descriptions and registration links are provided in this document.
  • Tuesdays @ 2 School Nutrition Webinar Schedule 2019-20 - 10/16/19
    Join school nutrition staff for a training webinar every Tuesday at 2 p.m. during the school year. Webinar descriptions and registration links are provided in this document.

Training Resources

  • 10/28/19
    This document highlights training resources available in Spanish. The topics include civil rights, meal pattern, and food safety.
  • 9/19/19
    School nutrition staff must participate in a minimum number of training hours annually. This document outlines annual training requirements based on job duties.
  • 8/1/19
    This document provides recommendations for core entry level online training for new food service directors, managers and culinary staff. In addition supplementary courses for veteran school nutrition professionals are provided.
  • At-A-Glance Training Schedule for School Nutrition Programs  - 11/2/17
    Course descriptions and timeline for the annual trainings that are offered by Food and Nutrition Service.