Professional Development Programs

Registration & Policies

 

Registration Options

You can register for our professional development courses and certificate programs in three ways- online, over the phone, in-person, or by mail.*

  • Online Registration
    Browse Courses or Certificate Programs
    Each course page has a Book bag which allows you to register online using either VISA,  MasterCard, or Discover. Just click on the yellow button marked "Add to Book bag" on each course page. Complete the registration form and submit your registration and payment information via the University's secure Web server.  If you register for a course which offers a discount, please call our registration office (207) 780-5900 (toll free 1-800-787-0468), as we are not able to apply discounts to registrations received via the Internet.
  • Over the Phone Registration 
    To register by phone, call Professional and Continuing Education at (207) 780-5900 or toll-free at 1-800-787-0468.
  • In Person Registration
    We are located in the Abromson Community Education Center at 88 Bedford Street. If you would like to register in person, stop by our Professional and Continuing Education Student Services Center located on the 2nd floor in suite 218. We are open Monday through Thursday,  8am-6pm, and Friday, 8am-4:30pm.
  • By Mail
    You may register using check, money order, or purchase order payable to USM along with a completed registration form. Download registration form. Mail the completed form to:

    USM Professional & Continuing Education
    Student Services Center
    Abromson Center
    PO Box 9300
    Portland, Maine 04104-9300

*Payment in full is required at time of registration.

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Payment Options

Payment in full is required at the time of registration.

Methods of payment include:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit or Debit Card. USM accepts Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.
  • Employer payment using a PO or Authorization
    • Employer-paid registrations must be accompanied by a check, purchase order, or letter of authorization.  Please call Professional and Continuing Education at 207-780-5900 for more information.
      (Please note, neither grades nor CEU’s will be released until full payment is made on a PO unless approved in advance.)

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Refund policy:

  • 100% refund if you withdraw from a class five or more business days before the class starts.

  • A course voucher for 50% of the course fee if you withdraw four or fewer business days from the start date.

  • There are no refunds once a class begins.

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Attendance

Program registrants are expected to participate in classroom activities and are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the total classroom hours in order to earn CEUs. Instructors are required to take attendance at each class session.

If you are unable to attend a class, please contact PCE student services and they will inform your instructor: pce@usm.maine.edu /207-780-5900.

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Transcripts

Official CEU Transcripts are issued upon request at no charge to PDP students. And at a $10.00 transcript fee for non PDP students. Please contact us at pce@usm.maine.edu or at 207-780-5900 if you need a transcript.

We maintain transcripts records for seven years.

Note: CEU activity reports are issued automatically upon completion of a class or program.

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Continuing Education Units (CEU's)

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally accepted uniform unit for measuring participation in applicable noncredit continuing education activities. CEU programs are generally designed for a specific audience and are often used for professional development in a particular industry or profession. The CEU permits individuals to participate in many different kinds of programs while accumulating a uniform record available for future reference.

By definition, one CONTINUING EDUCATION UNIT is described as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

We maintains records of completion for all CEU activities offered through the our professional development programs for a period of seven years. CEU activity reports are issued upon completion of a program.  Official CEU Transcripts are issued upon request at no charge to PDP students. And at a $10.00 transcript fee for non PDP students.

All of our professional development courses, workshops, and certificate programs offer CEUs. Each course lists the number of CEUs awarded based on contact hours.

Please check with your professional organization for the specific requirements needed to earn or maintain your credential.

CEU activity reports are issued upon completion of a class or program. Official CEU Transcripts are issued upon request.  Please contact us at pce@usm.maine.edu or at 207-780-5900 if you need an official transcript.

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Course Cancellations

  • Low Enrollment
    If your class is cancelled due to low enrollment, we will notify you at least 3 business days before the class is scheduled to begin.  You will receive a full refund.
  • Inclement Weather
    Please call the USM Storm Line at  207-780-4800 for class status. The recording for storm cancellations begins at 6 AM and is updated as necessary.  If the storm line states that the University is closed, that applies to all professional development programming as well.

    In the event that the University is closed due to inclement weather, we will do our best to reschedule the course once the university re-opens.


Questions?

Call our student services center at 207-780-5900 or 1-800-787-0468.

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Discounts

Multiple discounts cannot be applied to any registration.  Discounts can only be applied by registering over the phone. To register with a discount, please call a student service representative at 207-780-5900.

  • USM Alumni
    USM Alumni are eligible to receive a 20% alumni discount on all Professional Development workshops and certificate programs. In order to receive this discount, registration must be made over the phone by calling Professional and Continuing Education Student Services at 207-780-5900 or in-person at the Abromson Community Education Center, suite 218, at 88 Bedford Street, Portland Maine. Date of graduation must be provided at time of registration.
  • Employees of Nonprofit Organizations
    Current employees of local nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive a 20% nonprofit employee discount. This applies to all Professional Development workshops and certificate programs except for the following courses which are already discounted:
    • Certificate Program in Advanced Assessment of the Older Adult
    • Certificate Program in Grant Writing
    • Certificate Program in Fundraising
    • Social Media for Fundraising spring course
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Spring & Fall classes
    • Using Motivational Interviewing with Chronic Illness spring and fall classes
    • Putting it all Together: RN Refresher Spring course

    To receive the discount please register over the phone and provide your employer's name and address at the time of registration.

  • Professional Associations Partnerships
    USM Professional Development Programs has partnered with a number of local and national professional associations to bring you up-to-date professional training and professional certification test prep courses. Members of the following groups may receive discounted rates.
    • Maine ASTD Members – discount pricing of test prep courses
    • IMA Members  - discount pricing on CMA test prep courses. Learn more.
    • Maine ASTD Member - If you are currently an active Maine ASTD Member, you are eligible to receive a 20% discount on all Business and Management courses
    • IMA Maine Chapter – Current members are eligible to receive member pricing on the CMA Test Prep Courses offered throughout the year. Learn more about the CMA Test Prep Program.

    In order to receive these discounts, registration must be made over the phone by calling Professional and Continuing Education Student Services at 207-780-5900 or in-person at the Abromson Community Education Center, suite 218, at 88 Bedford Street, Portland Maine.

  • University of Southern Maine Employees
    The Human Resources department in conjunction with Professional and Continuing Education is offering USM employees workshops free of charge from the Professional Development Program's (PDP) current catalog, found at www.usm.maine.edu/pdp.
    • Guidelines for Taking Advantage of This Program:
      • Employees are eligible to request to participate in up to two (2) (7-contact hour or less) workshops per semester (Fall and Spring).  Resources are finite…request early!
      • Workshops must be directly applicable to the scope of your position and/or directly related to an area of job performance you wish to enhance.
      • Certifications to meet industry standards or re-certifications are not allowed under the program.
    • How Do I Register for Workshops through this USM HR program? To register for a PDP workshop through this USM HR program, please follow the steps as outlined below:
      • Review the PDP current course offerings
      • Obtain authorization through your Supervisor
      • Complete and forward this form to Penny Glover
      • If you have any questions with respect to this program, please contact Penny Glover at 228-8304 / pglover@usm.maine.edu.
  • Businesses – Group Rates and Customized Training
    Organizations may contract with USM Professional Development Programs on an annual basis for access to courses at a discounted rate throughout the year. If you are interested in a group rate or customized training, please contact Susan Nevins.
    Learn more about our customized training.
  • University of Maine System Employees
    All UMS employees are welcome to take our professional development courses for a 20% discount.

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