The Institute of Child Nutrition offers free training on a wide range of topics for child nutrition program professionals working in school nutrition and child care settings. To learn more about each of the topics currently available, click on the links below to view and explore the training materials.

To request training, just follow the guidelines below. When you know your topic, date, and location Apply Now(red block) to access the online ICN Training Request Form.

Training Sessions Offered

Training Sessions for School Nutrition Programs

Financial Management & Procurement

Food Safety

  • Food Defense: Schools as a Target
  • Food Safety Basics
  • Food Safety in Schools (formerly Serving It Safe)
  • Inventory Management and Tracking
  • Managing Food Allergies in School Nutrition Programs
  • Norovirus for Schools

Train The Trainer

  • Foundations for Training Excellence


  • Healthy Cuisine for Kids
  • Practical Skills Preparing Quality Meals


Training Sessions Offered for Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP)

  • Family Child Care FUNdamentals
  • Food Purchasing for Child Care
  • Happy Mealtimes for Healthy Kids
  • More Than Mud Pies: A Nutrition Curriculum for Preschool Children

Food Safety Topics - (CACFP)

  • Norovirus for Child Care
  • Serving Safe Food in Child Care

Who can request training?

  • State Agencies Administering Child Nutrition Programs
  • USDA Regional Offices
  • School Nutrition Association and State Affiliates
  • CACFP Sponsors
  • Allied Organizations (such as ASBO)

How do I schedule training?

  • Click on Apply Now to access the Training Request Form, enter information, and press Submit. If your request is successfully transmitted, you will receive an electronic reply. If you do not receive a reply or if you have questions, please contact ICN at 1-800-321-3054.

What happens next?

After you complete your request and response will be sent to you. If your request is approved, an ICN Training Coordinator will work with you to plan the training.

Three Things to Remember:

  • ICN requires at least 8-10 weeks' advance notice before the training date to schedule and plan a training session.
  • ICN Consultant Trainers must train a minimum of 4 hours in a single day.
  • A minimum of 25-30 participants is required for ICN to provide a training session.
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For more information about training opportunities available through ICN, contact the ICN Training Team at training@theicn.org or call 1-800-321-3054.