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, or in-person.*

  • Online Registration
    Browse Courses or Certificate Programs
    Each course page has an "Add to Cart" feature, which allows you to register online using either VISA,  MasterCard, or Discover.  If you register for a course which offers a discount, please either use a promo code or call (207) 780-5900 (toll free 1-800-787-0468),  to apply a discount.
  • Over the Phone Registration 
    To register by phone, call (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 office located on the 1st floor in suite 111. We are open Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

*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 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 five or more business days before the class start date

  • 0% refund if you withdraw fewer that five business days before the class start date.

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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: usmpdp@maine.edu /207-780-5900.

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Transcripts

Official CEU Transcripts are issued upon request at no charge to PDP students. Please contact us at usmpdp@maine.edu or at 207-780-5900 if you need a transcript.

We maintain transcripts records for seven years.

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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. Official CEU Transcripts are issued upon class completion and request at no charge to 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.

Official CEU Transcripts are issued upon class completion and upon request.  Please contact us at usmpdp@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.  To register with a discount, please either use a promo code or call (207) 780-5900 (toll free 1-800-787-0468).

  • Volume of 3 Discount
    All students are eligible to receive a 20% discount when they register online for 3 courses at once.  This discount is automatically applied with you register online.

  • USM Students & Alumni
    USM Students & Alumni are eligible to receive a 20% discount on all Professional Development workshops and certificate programs. To register with a discount, please either use a promo code or call (207) 780-5900 (toll free 1-800-787-0468).  A 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.

  • 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.
    • APICS Members - discount pricing APICS courses.
    • IMA Members & IMA Maine Chapter- discount pricing on CMA test prep courses.

    In order to receive these discounts, registration must be made over the phone by calling Professional and Continuing Education at 207-780-5900.

  • University of Maine System Employees
    All UMS employees are welcome to take our professional development courses for a 20% discount. To register with a discount, please either use a promo code or call (207) 780-5900 (toll free 1-800-787-0468). 

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