Summary of Required Training Hours

Summary of Required Training Hours

School nutrition directors not only have their own annual training requirements, but also oversee training for managers and staff.  Keep in mind these key points:

  • The number of annual training hours required each year varies by job category.
  • Training is measured in hours, and may include shorter time periods.  It is recommended that there are at least 15 minutes per training segment.
  • The use of tracking tools is recommended to document completed training for all staff.

USDA Professional Standards – Summary of Required Training for School Nutrition Employees

Job Category

Annual Requirements*

Director

12 hours 

Managers

10 hours 

Staff

6 hours 

Part-time staff (<20 hours/week)

4 hours

Mid-year hires in all categories

(January 1 or later)

One-half of training requirements for each job category

 * Annual requirements apply to the 12 months between July 1 and June 30.