The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) offers free group training on a broad range of topics for child nutrition professionals working in school nutrition and child care settings. In addition to training sessions at the Institute's headquarters at The University of Mississippi, training may be requested free-of-charge for presentation at local sites throughout the country.

Who may request free training? Representatives of state agencies administering child nutrition programs, USDA regional offices, School Nutrition Association state affiliates, CACFP sponsors, and allied organizations (such as ASBO) may request.

What else should I know?

  • Trainings must be requested at least 8-10 weeks before the training date.
  • Training sessions must be a minimum of 4 hours in a single day.
  • The requesting person or agency must provide a training site and basic AV equipment, promote the training, and pre-register a minimum of 25 participants.
  • Arrangements for trainers are coordinated by the ICN Training Team.
  • Participants' training materials are provided free-of-charge and shipped to the training site.

Now what?

Review the training topics listed below. If you want to know more, click on the links for a closer look at the training materials.

I'm ready to submit a request!

When you have decided on a topic, date, and location - you are ready to request a training. Scroll down to the red block "Apply Now" and click for access to the ICN Group Training Request Form.

Face-to-Face Training Sessions Currently Offered

Training Sessions for School Nutrition Programs

Financial Management & Procurement

Food Safety

Train The Trainer


Training Sessions for Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP)

CACFP Food Safety Topics

Team Up For School Nutrition Success

Team Up for School Nutrition Success is a unique learning experience that serves to enhance schools' food operations by providing tailored technical assistance to school nutrition programs that want to maintain a healthy environment and student meal program participation. This workshop will pair participants with a mentor so that effective peer-to-peer mentoring is provided in a variety of areas. The workshop will include panel discussions of creative solutions for implementing the regulations and possibly some specific training. The workshop will also have representatives from allied organizations offering resources to districts at no cost.

Learn More and Register for Team Up Workshop

What happens next?

After you have entered the information on the Training Request Form, scroll to the bottom and press "Submit." If your request is successfully transmitted to ICN, you will receive an electronic reply. If you do not receive a reply, please contact ICN.

Three Things to Remember:

  • ICN requires at least 8-10 weeks' advance notice before the training date to schedule and plan a training session.
  • ICN Consultant Trainers must train a minimum of 4 hours in a single day.
  • A minimum of 25-30 participants is required for ICN to provide a training session.
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For answers to questions or for more information about training opportunities, contact the ICN Training Team at training@theicn.org or call 800-321-3054 and ask to speak to a member of the Training Team.