State law addresses food service worker training but not required, or requires training that does not meet the level of the USDA professional standards.
Code of State Rules 126-86-9. Staffing
9.1. School Nutrition Directors are those individuals directly responsible for the management of the day-to-day operations of school food service for all participating schools under the jurisdiction of the school food authority (Local Educational Agency (LEA) participating in school nutrition programs). Requirements for certification include the following: 9.1.a. Initial Temporary Authorization for School Nutrition Director. The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of satisfying the following: 9.1.a.1. Degree. At a minimum, hold a bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.5 grade point average including six semester hours of coursework related to nutrition, food, and/or food service management or WVDE-approved training as provided by the OCN. The six semester hours or approved training must be completed within 90 days of the start date; and 9.1.a.2. Food Safety Training. The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of at least eight hours of food safety training obtained no more than five years prior to or within 30 days of start date; and 9.1.a.3. Recommendation of the County Superintendent. Receive the recommendation of the county superintendent in the county in which the applicant is employed verifying that the applicant is the most qualified candidate for the position; and 9.1.a.4. Validity Period. The temporary authorization for School Nutrition Director shall be valid for three years