The Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) is accepting applications
for the 2022 Culinary Directions Directors Certification Program. This training
is for new district Child Nutrition Directors who have attended the
pre-requisite courses: Culinary
Directions Managers Part 1 and Part 2.
Those new directors who will attend the 2022 Culinary
Directions Manager Part 2 Training in June may also apply to attend the 2022
Culinary Directions Directors Certification Program.
Child Nutrition Directors are required to be certified
through the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and
Secondary Education (ADE/DESE), CNU when they are paid from the non-profit food
service account in Arkansas public and charter schools.
Please see the attached ADE Rules Governing the Certification of
Child Nutrition Directors and United
States Department of Agriculture Professional Standards for Directors
for more information on the requirements to become a certified director.
The 2022 Culinary Directions Child Nutrition Directors
Certification Program will be offered as a multi-week on-line program via a
Google Classroom format. Class size is
limited. Participants will be assigned
to a session for directors training based on the number of participants accepted
into the program.
Applicants will complete the Culinary Directions Child
Nutrition Directors Program Application attached to this memo. The application and required documentation
must be submitted to Sheila Chastain via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Nutrition Unit will review all applications to
ensure all requirements for education, prerequisites and recommendations are
The deadline to submit the Application for Acceptance is
May 6, 2022.
Once you have been accepted into the Directors Certification
Program, you will receive an acceptance letter by email with a link to complete
your registration. Registration will be completed on-line. The registration fee of $325 will be paid to
UCA Outreach, preferably by district credit or debit card during the online
If you should encounter any problems with the
registration process, please call Paula Myers at 501-450-3429.
ADE Rules Governing the Certification of Child Nutrition
United States Department of Agriculture Guide to Professional
Standards for School Nutrition Programs
for Acceptance into 2022 Culinary Directions Child Nutrition Directors
Culinary Directions Manager and Director Certification Process