California Professional Nutrition Education and Training

California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET)

The California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) network is a collaborative effort between the California Department of Education and institutions of higher learning that represent the three public college systems in the state.

Cal-Pro-NET serves as a statewide resource for professional development and training to help school nutrition personnel meet the program requirements for serving nutritious school meals. The UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools is designated as the Cal-Pro-NET Center representing the University of California system, providing training and resource materials targeted mainly to established school nutrition directors, nutrition education specialists, and school administrators.

Cal-Pro-Net Professional Standards Resource List

This downloadable Microsoft Excel file contains a searchable list of all Cal-Pro-NET resources and their associated USDA professional standards crediting information.

Training Curriculum

Focus on Food: Nutrition and Health for School Nutrition Programs
Food Safety for Child Nutrition Programs


USDA Professional Standards

New USDA Professional Standards were recently issued in regulation and became effective on July 1st, 2015. The purpose of the Professional Standards is to ensure that all school nutrition professionals have the knowledge and training needed to serve healthful and safe meals to children in school nutrition programs.

External Resources

Below are links to external sites with content that may be of use to individuals seeking information about Cal-Pro-NET.

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