Professional Development Programs

Certificate Program in Training and Development



This certificate program in training and development provides an in-depth and comprehensive introduction to the role of the trainer and the opportunity to learn and practice the fundamental skills and processes involved in training others. The curriculum has recently been updated to include online instruction.

Individuals who will find the program beneficial to their career preparation and advancement include:

  • New trainers and individuals with expanded training responsibilities
  • Current trainers who want to supplement their on-the-job training
  • Professionals seeking to transition into the field of training
  • Content experts whose responsibilities include training
  • Consultants who want to add training to their set of skills


Program Requirements:

The program consists of five core courses and a six-hour elective that allows participants to customize the curriculum to meet their career and organizational needs.

Required Courses: (64 total hours)

  • Designing for Effective Learning (12 hours)
  • Conducting Reliable Needs Assessments (12 hours)
  • Training Facilitation (16 hours)
  • Evaluation of Training (12 hours)
  • Best Practices In Online Instruction (12 hours)

Electives: (6 total minimum hours) Select any course from our professional development program offerings. Browse a full list of current offerings.



This certificate program is offered during both the fall and spring semesters.  


Contact Hours/CEUs:

70 total contact hours/7.0 CEUs.



Total cost of required courses is $1,565 – includes all course materials. Elective course fees vary. Participants register and pay per course.

  • 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.
  • GI Bill Benefits: This program is currently approved for use of GI Bill Benefits. To use your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits, please contact USM Veterans Services at / 207-780-4826 after you have registered for the certificate program. You can register online, over the phone, or in person. 


Certificate Progress Tracking:

Track the progress of your certificate program with this form.



Each course within this certificate program is taught by industry professionals. Click on the course descriptions above to view instructor biographies.


Receive Your Certificate:

After you have met all certificate program requirements, complete the  certificate completion form, and we will award your certificate. 


Professional Resources:


Customized Training:

Learn how your organization can take advantage of this program at a reduced cost.