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Training Requirements

​​​​​Professional Standards Training Requirements for all School Nutrition Employees

SampleDoc​The second requirement of the USDA Professional Standards Rule mandates annual training to be completed by all school nutrition personnel based on their job position.  The chart (left) shows the number of training hours per year to be completed based on job positions. It also includes suggested training topics for each position category as well as approved training sources.

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Required Training for School Nutrition Employees in Georgia

  • Orientation for Nutrition Employees (O.N.E.) is an instructor-led course to be taught at the local level to all new school nutrition employees within the first full year of employment. The School Nutrition Director will need to request access to the instructor materials, by emailing
  • Manager Pathway and Culinary Pathway are series of online, self-paced courses focused on the key knowledge and skills required to operate a school nutrition program. Classified School Nutrition Managers and Manager/Supervisors must complete all pathway courses within 5 years of being hired in the management position. School Nutrition Directors may contact for enrollment information.
  • Director Development Leadership Program (DDLP) ​This training provides information about a broad range of topics that are relevant to a school nutrition director in the areas of administration, operations, nutrition, and marketing & communication. The course is to be completed during the first year after being hired as a School Nutrition Director or Manager/Supervisor. For more information, contact your Area Consultant.

Tracking Training
The local district is responsible for maintaining training documentation for their employees, including directors and manager/supervisors. The state agency does not maintain training records for local school food authorities. Training documentation will be checked for compliance during the Administrative Review.   ​

  • A training tracking system such as the USDA Professional Standards Training Tracking Tool​ (PSTTT) is recommended.  
  • A local tracking method such as a spreadsheet or training log is also acceptable if it includes appropriate documentation (such as agendas with learning codes and attendee sign-in sheets).

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