State law requires that food service workers receive training that meets USDA professional standards.
Alabama Administrative Code 290-080-030-.03 Responsibilities For Child Nutrition Programs.
Each level of authority shall have the following responsibilities: (g) To provide training for qualified supervision at the local school food authority level of operation.
Alabama Administrative Code 290-080-030-.06 Qualifications For Child Nutrition Program Director Certification
In order to meet the certification requirements for a Child Nutrition Program Director the following must be met: (1) Hold, as a minimum, an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution of higher education in Foods and Nutrition, Food Service Management, or Home Economics (with a minimum of four (4) courses in foods and nutrition). (2) Verify a minimum of 1400 clock hours of compensated food service management, or an acceptable alternative to be approved by the State Superintendent of Education, to include, but not limited to, supervisory and/or administrative experience attained within five (5) years immediately preceding the date of application. (3) Provisional Requirements. Hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited senior institution of higher education in any subject area other than the one identified and complete the following educational requirements for certification within three (3) years from the date of employment:
- (a) A minimum of nine (9) semester hours or twelve (12) quarter hours in food and nutrition;
- (b) A minimum of three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours in Quantity Food Production and three (3) semester or four (4) quarter hours in Quantity Purchasing; and
- (c) A minimum of three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours in personnel management and three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours in accounting. (4) Professional Development. A minimum of fifteen (15) clock hours or approved professional development per year is required for certificate validity. The Alabama State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs will make the final decision on the approval of professional development activities.