How To Request Training
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.
ICN Face-To-Face Group Training
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.
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 green “Apply Now” button and click for access to the ICN Group Training Request Form.
Face-to-Face Training Sessions Currently Offered
- Cashier’s Training (2 training hours)
- Meal Pattern Training for Breakfast and Lunch (6 training hours)
- HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (6 training hours)
- Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness (8 training hours) This course qualifies for SNA core course certification level 1.
- Orientation to School Nutrition Management (30.5 training hours)
- Utilizing the Cafeteria as a Classroom (1 to 5 training hours)
- Basic Culinary Math for School Nutrition Professionals (6 hours)
- Financial Management: A Course for School Nutrition Directors (8 to 12 training hours)
- Financial Management: A Course for School Nutrition Managers (6 training hours)
- Procurement in the 21st Century(16 training hours)
- Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs (4,6, or 8 training hours)
- Food Safety Basics(4 training hours)
- Food Safety in Schools (formerly Serving It Safe) (8 training hours) This course qualifies for SNA core course certification level 1.
- SPANISH VERSION – Food Safety in Schools (8 training hours)
- Food Defense: Schools as a Target (Tabletop Exercise) (4 training hours)
- Inventory Management and Tracking (4 training hours)
- Managing Food Allergies in School Nutrition Programs (6 training hours)
- Norovirus for Schools (2 training hours)
- Family Child Care FUNdamentals (1 to 7 training hours)
- Food Purchasing for Child Care (7.5 training hours)
- Introduction to Happy Mealtimes in Child Care Settings (1 to 4 training hours)
- Healthy Me! The Preschoolers’ Guide to Nutrition and Wellness
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.