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Goal Oriented Achievement Learning Skills



Goal Oriented Achievement Learning Skills (GOALS) is a certification curriculum developed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) School Nutrition Team (SNT). School meal program requirements make it critical for school nutrition staff to be adequately trained and have the skill set necessary to not only provide students with nutritious meals, but also to have the administrative skills needed to operate a successful school meals program.
The benefits of earning a GOALS Certificate of Excellence include opportunities for career advancement in the field of school nutrition for school nutrition professionals and the opportunity to be recognized for their expertise in the field of school nutrition. Through completion of training requirements, school nutrition professionals can be awarded a GOALS Certificate of Excellence signed by Wisconsin's State Superintendent of Public Instruction!


Earning a GOALS Certificate of Excellence is regarded as a great achievement. Completing the curriculum is meant to take between one to two years. Applicants may follow one of three GOALS training tracks: Director Track, Manager Track, or Staff Track. Select the best track for you depending on your current or aspirational role in school nutrition. 

Please utilize this active list of Training Resources to plan how you can fulfill the GOALS required classes. 

To assist GOALS applicants in finding approved, available trainings that may be credited as elective hours for GOALS certification, please use this Elective Opportunities resource in addition to the webcasts found on the Online Learning Library.

How to Apply

Step 1

  • Determine your training track. Director, Manager, or Staff.

Step 2

  • Review training requirements for selected training track. Please use the the Required Courses Training Resource to guarantee courses will satisfy the requirements.
  • Acceptable in-person and web-based trainings must be provided by the School Nutrition Team, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Institute of Child Nutrition. Other trainings may be credited with DPI approval. 
  • All trainings you submit with your application must have been completed within the last 5 years. This is to ensure that the content of the trainings is accurate and based on current regulations. 

Step 3

Step 4

  • Submit  your GOALS Training Tracker and accompanying materials to:
    • Email:
    • Mail: School Nutrition Team, Attn: Heidi Rolf, WI Department of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707
  • A completed application will include your GOALS Training Tracker, certificates of completion for each course, and proof of education exemption, if applicable. 


SNT Training Team
Heidi Rolf, RDN, CD
Public Health Nutritionist
(608) 264-6700