Child Nutrition Online Courses

NFSMI offers online courses that are based on the competencies for district school nutrition directors/supervisors, managers, and food service assistants/technicians. Many of these courses are valuable for other child nutrition program professionals, too. Take advantage of the following Child Nutrition Online Courses that prepare child nutrition personnel to meet the challenges of the day to day operations of child nutrition programs.

Please consult the "How to Register for an Online Course" guidance before youbegin. When you are ready, select a course from the list below by clicking on "Register Now" to the right of the course.

Child Nutrition Online Courses
Adult LearningAdult Learning is designed to be a supplemental online course to the Foundations of Training Excellence Master Trainer face-to-face course. The purpose of this course is to enhance the trainers' ability to actively engage trainees in training for improved learning and improved job performance.
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00
Batch Cooking- From the No Time To Train Series
The course is designed to help school nutrition employees understand the importance of batch cooking.
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: None • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
Cooking for the New Generation
This course is designed to help child nutrition assistants understand the preferences of new generations student customers; how to follow the correct receiving, storing, holding, and serving procedures; and how to choose the appropriate preparations techniques and equipment to ensure food quality and safety. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Assistants
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 6.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
CT1-Culinary Techniques: Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals
This course provides an introduction to the six course series and teaches a process for preparing healthy school meals. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
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CT2-Culinary Techniques: Preparing Fruits, Vegetables, and Salads This course series and teaches culinary principles and techniques for preparing quality fruits, vegetables, and salads. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: Culinary Techniques: Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals Hours: 6.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
 
CT3-Culinary Techniques: Preparing Entree ItemsThis course teaches culinary principles and techniques for preparing meats, poultry, fish, sandwiches, dry beans and peas, and pasta, rice, and grains. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: Culinary Techniques: Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals
Hours: 8.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
CT4-Culinary Techniques: Preparing Soups, Eggs, Dairy, and SaucesThis course teaches culinary principles and techniques for preparing quality soups, eggs, dairy, and sauces. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: Culinary Techniques: Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals
Hours: 8.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
 
CT5-Culinary Techniques: Preparing Breads and Baked GoodsThis course teaches culinary principles and techniques for preparing quick breads, yeast breads, cakes, cookies, and pastry. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: Culinary Techniques: Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals
Hours: 6.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
CT6-Culinary Techniques: Using SeasoningsThis course teaches how to select and use seasonings to build flavors in meals and to taste test new recipes with students. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: Culinary Techniques: Introduction to Preparing Healthy School Meals
Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010This course is designed to introduce the key recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It will provide an overview of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and explain how to integrate them into meals provided by schools and child care facilities. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers and Assistants/Technicians
Prerequisites: none Hours: 1 • SNA Key Area: 2
Financial Management: A Course for School Nutrition DirectorsThis course is designed to help you, the school nutrition director, make decisions about long-term goals for the program that will ensure sustainability of the program. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Directors
Prerequisites: none Hours: 12.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Focus on the Customer for School Nutrition AssistantsThis course focuses on making the customer the center of all activity through getting to know the student and developing customer service strategies based on student needs and expectations. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: none Hours: 6.00 • SNA Key Area: 4
Focus on the Customer for School Nutrition ManagersThis course focuses on making the customer the center of all activity through getting to know the student and developing customer service strategies based on student needs and expectations. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers
Prerequisites: none Hours: 7.00 • SNA Key Area: 4
Food Production RecordsThis course focuses on completing accurate food production records in school nutrition programs.
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.50 • SNA Key Area: 1
Food Service Assistant... You Are ImportantThis course focuses on the roles and skills of the food service assistant (more...)
Target Audience: Food Service Assistant
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 4
Hot and Cold TemperaturesThis course focuses on the importance of keeping foods safe by identifying the temperatures in the temperature danger zone.
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
Human Resource Series - Communication Skills for ManagersThis course is the first course in a series of seven online courses in the Management Skills for Success series. The purpose of this series is to help learners develop effective people skills. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers and Directors
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 4
Human Resource Series - Creating a Motivating WorkplaceThis course is designed to help school nutrition managers understand the relationship between motivation and emotions and feelings, identify factors that motivate employees, and describe effective actions a manager can take that creates a motivating workplace. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers and Directors
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Human Resource Series - Dealing with Conflict in the WorkplaceThe course is designed to help managers develop skills that they can use to bring about win-win resolutions to conflicts that occur in the workplace. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers and Directors
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Human Resource Series - Dealing with Difficult People and SituationsThis online training presents information on three aspects of dealing with difficult people or situations: the manager's attitude, the manager's purpose and goals, and non-productive behaviors. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Human Resource Series - Delegating and EmpoweringThis online training focuses on the conditions for successful delegation in the work environment and will help managers recognize the role they play in setting the stage for successful delegation. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Human Resource Series - Employee DisciplineThis online training focuses on the set standards of acceptable behavior essential in the operation of any organization. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Human Resource Series - Performance Standards and ExpectationsThis online training is designed to increase the school nutrition manager's awareness and to help facilitate integration of existing Child Nutrition Program standards. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Inventory Management - Controlling CostThe purpose of this course is to train new directors, new managers, and assistant to develop systems and procedures to manage inventory effectively in order to control costs.
Target Audience: New Child Nutrition Directors and Managers and Child Nutrition Assistants
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
Inventory Management and TrackingThe purpose of this online course includes information about traditional inventory management practices designed for efficiency and cost control as well as newer inventory management practices such as inventory tracking required for responding to emergencies including product recalls, foodborne illness incidents, and threats of bioterrorism. (more...)
Target Audience: New Child Nutrition Directors and Managers and Child Nutrition Assistants
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
No Time to Train: MyPlateThis course is designed provide specific information about the MyPlate icon and a brief explanation of the significance of each part of the design.
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Managers and Child Nutrition Assistants/Technicians
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 2
Nutrition 101School nutrition assistants and technicians and school nutrition managers need to understand basic nutrition. Completion of this course will give participants a basic foundation in nutrition, current dietary guidance, the importance of physical activity in health, and awareness of personal taste preferences and healthful food choices. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 10.00 • SNA Key Area: Core Course
Motivating ParticipantsThe purpose of this course is to enhance the trainers' ability to actively engage trainees in training for improved learning and ultimately, improved job performance.
Target Audience: Trainers and State Agency Staff
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00
On the Road to Professional Food Preparation - Standardized RecipesThis course covers using standardized recipes for consistent food preparation (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
On the Road to Professional Food Preparation - Weights and MeasuresThis course covers the use of weights and measures in the preparation and service of food. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: On the Road - Standardized Recipes • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
On the Road to Professional Food Preparation - Portion ControlThis course focuses on the benefits of portion control when serving food (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Staff
Prerequisites: On the Road - Weights and Measures • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
On the Road to Professional Food Preparation - Recipe AdjustmentsThis course is designed to help you, the school nutrition assistant, achieve the nutritional, educational, and financial goals of the school nutrition program. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Assistant
Prerequisites: On the Road - Portion Control • Hours: 4.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
Quality in Value Added ProductsThis course defines food quality with respect to value-added products.
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Assistants
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
Receiving Affects Customer Satisfaction from the No Time to Train SeriesThis lesson focuses on one of the most important steps in the purchasing process - receiving. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Assistant
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 1
NEW! USDA Foods: Life Cycle of USDA FoodsThis course will provide an overview of the ordering life cycle of USDA Foods for State Distributing Agencies. (more...)
Target Audience: State Agency Staff and Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 3.00
USDA State Agency Guidance to Procurement Topic 1This course will provide State agencies with a better understanding of how to best perform responsibilities in the area of SFA procurements, and provide more information on the Federal procurement process requirements. (more...)
Target Audience: State Agency Staff and Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 15.00
USDA State Agency Guidance to Procurement Topic 2

This course will provide State agencies with a better understanding of how procurement works; planning, executing, and administering a competitive procurement. (more...)
Target Audience: State Agency Staff and Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: USDA State Agency Guidance to Procurement Topic 1
Hours: 18.00

Webinar - Financial Management #1Financial Management #1  presented by Dr. Jerry Cater on January 7, 2010(more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Webinar - Financial Management #2Financial Management #2 presented by Dr. Jerry Cater on January 21, 2010(more...)
Target Audience: school nutrition professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Webinar - Financial Management #3Financial Management #3 presented by Dr. Jerry Cater;on February 4, 2010(more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 3
Webinar - Fueling the School-Aged Athlete - Healthy Eating Score!Fueling the School-Aged Athlete - Healthy Eating Score! presented by Renee Matich on September 29, 2009. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 2
Webinar - Update on Inborn Errors of MetabolismUpdate on Inborn Errors of Metabolism Webinar presented by Harriet Cloud on June 25, 2008. (more...)
Target Audience: Child Nutrition Professionals
Prerequisites: none • Hours: 1.00 • SNA Key Area: 2