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Child Nutrition Assistant Examination

Child Nutrition Assistant (CNA) is the first journey level in the Child Nutrition series, it is the training level to the Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC).

Job Description

Child Nutrition Assistant (CNA) is the first journey level in the Child Nutrition series, it is the training level to the Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC). CNAs perform the lesser-skilled functions by assisting CNC’s to plan, prepare, conduct, and complete administrative reviews of the Child Nutrition Programs in California. CNAs, under general supervision perform the more routine assignments in providing services to sponsors of child nutrition programs. They assist in evaluating methods of food service for efficiency and effectiveness and assist sponsors in the completion of forms and documents required for participation. CNAs participate in the development and presentation of educational workshops, trainings, and seminars on program compliance to ensure program integrity. 

Examination Bulletin

Please read the entire bulletin to obtain specific information about this examination.

Qualifications Assessment Questionnaire

The California civil service selection system is merit-based, and eligibility for appointment is established through a formal examination process. The Child Nutrition Assistant examination consists of a Qualifications Assessment Questionnaire (QAQ) that will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and training. The QAQ is the entire examination and will account for 100% of your score. Candidates will receive notification of their score by mail.

General Instructions/How to apply

To apply for this examination, you must submit a complete application package which includes an Employment Application (STD. 678), the Qualifications Assessment Questionnaire with the Affirmation Statement, and evidence of completion of the education/credential requirement.

Please submit your completed application package to:

California Department of Education
Selection Services Office
1430 N Street, Room 1802
Sacramento, CA 95814

How to Apply for Vacant Positions

If you are successful in the Child Nutrition Assistant examination, your name will be placed on an eligible list used for hiring. You may receive contact letters inviting you to participate in hiring interviews for CNA positions. You can also search for CNA positions by viewing our Job Announcements page.  You should review and familiarize yourself with the position description and job duties listed on the Job Announcement prior to your hiring interview.

Questions: Selection Services | cdejobs@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0857 
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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