Professional Development Programs

Registration & Policies

 

 

Registration Options

You can register for our professional development courses and certificate programs online or over the phone.

  • 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 are eligible for a discount, type the discount code in the Promo Box during the checkout process.
  • Over the Phone Registration 
    To register by phone, call (207) 780-5900 or toll-free at 1-800-787-0468.

Payment in full is required at time of registration with a credit card or a check.

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Payment Options

Payment in full is required at the time of registration with a credit card or check.

Methods of payment include:

  • Check
    • Make check payable to Professional Delopment Programs at USM
    • Mail check to Professional Development Programs, University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04074-9300.
  • 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, participation grades and CEU’s will be released once 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 than five business days before the class start date.

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Attendance

To receive credit or CEUs for participation or completion of a certificate, program registrants are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of the total classroom hours. Instructors will 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 and Certificates of Completion

Official CEU Transcripts and Certificates of Completion are issued upon request at no charge to PDP students. Upon completion of a course, and meeting the attendance requirements, registrants will be emailed a confirmation of course completion. Please contactusmpdp@maine.edu or at 207-780-5900 if you need a transcript or certificate of completion.

Transcript records are maintained 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 by 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 or Certificate of Completion are issued upon request, provided that the registrant successfully has met the attendance requirements and has paid for the course. Please contact usmpdp@maine.edu or at 207-780-5900 if you need an official transcript or certificate of course or program completion.

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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
    In case of inclement weather, please call the USM Storm Line at (207) 780-4800 for the University open/close status. The recorded storm cancellation message begins at 6:00am and updates as necessary. 

  • USM Delay or Closure:   Though campus may be physically closed during inclement weather, we will still run our live-online Zoom classes unless we expect or experience a significant power outage. We aim to communicate to you with as much notice as possible if your class is impacted by weather. Outside assignments or a rescheduled class may be offered for any missed class time do to inclement weather.

    If you would like to automatically receive USM alerts, please sign up here.


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
    Students receive a 20% discount when they register for 3 or more classes at one time, must call (207) 780-5900 to enroll and receive discount. Please create a profile first and than call (207) 780-5900 to register.

  • UMS Students & Alumni
    UMS Students & Alumni are eligible to receive a 20% discount on all Professional Development workshops and certificate programs. To register with a discount, please create a profile first and than 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. Please create a profile first and than call (207) 780-5900 to register.

  • 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 create a profile first and than call (207) 780-5900 (toll free 1-800-787-0468). 

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