Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education VIRTUAL 2021 Culinary Directions Training Part 1, Part 2, and Recertification

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Child Nutrition
Regulatory Authority
Ark. Code Ann. §20-7-134; §20-7-135
Response Required
Federal Programs; Superintendents; Bookkeepers; Child Nutrition Directors/Managers

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All Child Nutrition Managers and Directors in Arkansas school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program, and are paid from the non-profit food service account, are required to be certified by the Arkansas Child Nutrition Unit.


Managers must complete Culinary Directions Part I, Part II, and one year of on-the-job training to be eligible for certification with a recommendation from their district.  Managers must recertify every five or six years by attending Manager Recertification Training to maintain their certification.  See the attached General Information for Manager Certification Training for more details.


Directors must complete Culinary Directions Part I, Part II, Directors Training, and at least three digital learning sessions during their one year of on-the-job training to be eligible for certification with a recommendation from their district.  Directors must maintain at least 12 hours of professional development annually to maintain their director certification.  Directors may attend Manager Recertification to maintain their manager certification.


The 2021 Child Nutrition Culinary Directions Training will be held VIRTUALLY, and daily sessions will be held via ZOOM Meetings and Breakouts.  Participants will need to have an individual district email address (cannot be the director’s email address), computer or laptop with a camera and microphone, and a quiet space to attend training.  Part 2 participants will need to have access to a school kitchen, its equipment, and designated supplies.  Daily attendance for the duration of the schedule will be required and monitored.  Participants will join using one link provided via email a few days before the training to the manager’s individual district email that was listed on the registration form.  Attendance is required and will be tracked using the individual email address.


Virtual Culinary Directions Part 1 for Managers and Directors – two-week session

June 7-18, 2021


Virtual Culinary Directions Part 2 for Managers and Directors – one-week sessions

Session A:  June 7-11, 2021

Session B:  June 14-18, 2021


Virtual Culinary Directions Manager Recertification

June 22-24, 2021


For general information about becoming a certified Child Nutrition Manager and/or Director, and workshop registration information, see the below attachments:


  • 2021 Child Nutrition Manager Training Program Information
  • General Information for Manager Certification Training
  • Rules Governing the Certification and Continuing Professional Development of Child Nutrition Directors, Managers, and Workers


Registration is required and will be open from April 9th to May 7th, 2021.  Registrations received after the deadline will not be guaranteed a seat in the training. 


Maximum capacity of Part 1 is 275.  Maximum capacity of Part 2 is 120, and maximum capacity of Recertification is 275.  Participants who register after the maximum capacities are reached will be added to a waiting list and will not be guaranteed a seat. 


Those registering for Recertification should have certifications expiring in 2021 or 2022.  Seats will not be saved for managers who need to recertify in 2023 or beyond.


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