Office for Prior Learning Assessment

PLA Credential Review

External Training and Credential Review

You may be able to earn course credit for some licenses, certificates and other credentials from organizations outside the University. We can review your license or certificate to determine whether credit is applicable.

Credential Review Submission

Before beginning the credential review process, students should:

  • Contact our office at 207-780-4663 or by email at priorlearningusm@maine.edu

  • Students should verify certifications are valid (not expired) and will not duplicate credit already on the transcript.

  • Prepare your training materials (certificates, syllabi, other documentation, etc.) and submit them to the Office for Prior Learning Assessment for review. Certificates can be submitted in person, by mail, or via email.

Keep in mind:

  • All credential and licensing options are considered individually on a case-by-case basis.

  • Credit is awarded for what you have learned, not for the work you have done.

  • If your credential/training has not been reviewed before, please allow up to two weeks for formal review.  The PLA office works with faculty evaluators to determine academic credit.

USM Equivalencies for Credentials/Trainings

The most frequently reviewed credentials/trainings at USM are listed below. This is not a complete list of possible credits. Students can review other options, and a detailed printable list here.

Credential/Training

Organization

Course Equivalency

Credits

CPR/First Aid (online courses not eligible for credit)

American Heart Association

GEL 1XX

1

CPR/First Aid (online courses not eligible for credit)

American Red Cross

GEL 1XX

1

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Various

GEL 1XX

3 (no additional credit for CPR/First Aid)

Behavioral Health Professional (BHP)

Various

GEL 1XX

3

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Various

GEL 1XX

1

Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)

State of Maine Certification

GEL 1XX

1

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLETP)

Maine Criminal Justice Academy

GEL 1XX

15

Domestic Violence Advocate Training

Various

GEL 1XX

3

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

Yoga Alliance

GEL 1XX

2

Graduate credit is only available for select certifications:

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (7 credits; cannot combine with National Board Certified Teacher credits)

  • National Board Certified Teacher (7 credits; cannot combine with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards)

  • Dark Horse Institute - Audio Engineering 

Credits are posted to transcripts upon completion of review. The Office for Prior Learning Assessment will email students when posting is complete.

RESOURCES 

Current Approved Credentials/Trainings 7-1-18

 

Important Note:
USM's Office for Prior Learning Assessment reserves the right to revise, amend or change items set forth in our policies, procedures and equivalencies at any time.  Students should be aware that certificate and training programs change frequently.  The PLA staff may need to review any such program to determine the number and types of credits that may be awarded from its current format and duration.