University of Southern Maine students may be able to earn credit for some licenses, certificates and credentials earned outside the traditional college classroom.  Students wishing to earn credit through credential review should send proof of certifications to priorlearningusm@maine.edu.

Frequently reviewed credentials and trainings are listed below. This is not a comprehensive list of all certifications that have been accepted for credit.

  • All certifications must be current (not expired) and non-provisional to be reviewed for credit. 
  • Credit equivalencies listed on this page are subject to re-review as trainings change over time.     

Current USM students should visit the MyUSM CPL page for more information.

HEALTHCARE

CredentialCredit Awarded
Basic Life Support and First Aid (American Red Cross or American Heart Association)SPM 101 – .5
Basic Life Support and First Aid Renewal (American Red Cross or American Heart Association)SPM 102 – .5
**Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Assistant to Nurses CertificationGEL 1XX – 3
MHRT-1 or MHRT-C or MHRT-CSPPlease contact the CPL office for details
Wilderness First Aid (15-20 hours)GEL 1XX – 1.5
Wilderness First Responder (36-70 hours)GEL 2XX – 3
**USM Nursing students should contact the PLA office to determine eligibility for CNA credit.

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

CredentialCredit Awarded
CRMA, DSP/MCDS, MHSS, PSSGEL 1XX – 1 each
Behavioral Health Professional (BHP)GEL 1XX – 3

PROFESSIONAL

CredentialCredit Awarded
Maine Producer Resident (Life and Health and/or Property and Casualty)GEL 1XX – 3 each
SHRM-CP or SPHR Human Resources CertificationLOS 312 – 3
State of Maine Sales Agent/Associate Broker/Designated BrokerGEL 1XX – 3 each

PUBLIC SAFETY

CredentialCredit Awarded
Firefighter I and II (State Certification Required)GEL 1XX – 3 each
EMT-BGEL 1XX – 6
AEMT (no additional credit for EMT-B)GEL 2XX – 12
Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training Phase I and II (LEPS)GEL 1 XX – 6
MCJA Basic Correction OfficerGEL 1XX – 6
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLETP) (no additional credit for LEPS)LOS 3XX – 6 and GEL 1XX – 9 (15 cr total)

WELLNESS/FITNESS

CredentialCredit Awarded
American Red Cross Lifeguarding with CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First AidSPM 101/102 – .5 each
Certified Personal Trainer w/ NCCS examGLE 1XX – 3
RYT Yoga Teacher Training (200 hours)GEL 1XX – 3
Maine State Massage LicenseGEL 1XX – 6
USUI Reiki (Level I, II, Master, Advanced Teacher)variable credit

GENERAL

CredentialCredit Awarded
Certified SOLIDWORKS AssociateEGN 182 – 1
Early Childhood Education and Care-Advanced (CECA)EDU 100 – 3
Educators Rising Microcredentials (all 5 completed)EDU 100 – 3
LanguageLine Interpreter Skills Certification LIN 3XX – 4
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Level IGEL 1XX – 3
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Level IGEL 2XX – 3
Maine Media Workshops and College (1 week intensive courses)CMS 2XX – 3
Master GardenerESP 3XX (EL) – 4
Maine Roads to Quality – Full Credentials OnlyGEL 1XX – 6 each
Midcoast Permaculture Design (120 hours)ESP 3XX – 4
Olympia Snowe Leadership ProgramLOS 2XX (EL) – 3
OSHA 30-hour/Hazwoper (no credit for 10 hour OSHA trainings)GEL 1XX – 1 each
ServSafe Food Protection Manager GEL 1XX – 1
USM CRLA Tutor Level IGEL 1XX – 3