Resource | Technical Assistance
Professional Standards

Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The final rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, 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 new state directors of school nutrition programs, state directors of distributing agencies that oversee USDA Foods, and school nutrition program directors.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0032
Q&As on the Final Rule: Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Programs Personnel as Required by the HHFKA

This memorandum has been rescinded and replaced by SP05-2020: Questions & Answers Regarding Professional Standards for State and Local School Nutrition Program Personnel.

SP38-2016