The Center for Workforce & Professional Development offers a variety of training opportunities designed to help people gain new skills or train for a new career in high-paying fields. Most courses are free with grant funding from Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce and Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan.


Education & Public Service

EDU 185: Fundamentals of Educating Children with Special Needs

Start Date: Fall 2024

Enrollment exclusive to Maine educators.


Certified Nursing Assistant

Start Date: Monthly

In Collaboration with Region #9 Adult Education; monthly cohorts with various regional Adult Education partners.

The 130-hour Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program consists of 70 hours of classroom time, 20 hours of lab time and 40 hours of clinical work. Students learn introductory concepts of nursing care, including areas such as anatomy, nutritional care, medication care and disease management. We hope to offer the next cohort of this course will be offered at Region 9 Adult Education in summer 2023.


Electrician Technology (ELT) Certificate Training

Start Date: June 2024 – May 2025

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 11:00 am; 11 course bundle, three-week courses

The Electrical Training Program provides the skills needed to install, maintain, and troubleshoot electrical devices and equipment.

Graduates are eligible to take the State of Maine Journeyman in Training or Limited Master License Exams. 4,000 of the 8,000 field hours on-the-job training are earned towards licensure upon completing the course bundle. No previous experience is required, but applicants should have a working math and science background. Graduates find employment as Electricians, Mechanical Electrical Technicians for manufacturing companies, engineering assistants, technicians with power or communication companies, residential and commercial electrical contractors, electrical equipment sales, and many other related areas.

EPA 608 Refrigerant Certificate Training

Start Date: June 8, 2024

Saturdays; 48 hours

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 608 Refrigerant Certification for Small Appliances is instructor-led online. It is designed to prepare technicians for the EPA 608 certification exam which includes:

  • Core Certification (general knowledge of refrigerants)
  • Type 1 (repair and service of small appliances using refrigerant) Type 2 (high-pressure refrigerant i.e., Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps and/or Type 3 (Universal License)

This course is not intended to be a formal refrigeration training course. Technicians who take this course should be familiar with basic vapor-compression refrigeration cycles and common service equipment and procedures.

Fiber Optic Technician Certification

Start Date: May 28 – June 20, 2024

Financial stipend available to eligible students

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; four-week course, 120 hours

The Fiber Optic Technician Certification Course is held in person at Central Maine Community College. The course is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to become FBA Certified Fiber Optic Technicians.

Upon completion, students will have covered the fundamental principles of:

  • Properly installing, testing, and maintaining FTTx networks
  • Splicing, terminating, testing, and commissioning fiber optic cable

Heat Pump Installer

Start Date: June 24 – June 28, 2024

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; 40 hours

This course covers how to professionally install heat pump indoor units, outdoor units, and line sets. Upon completion of this course, and the separately offered EPA Section 608 Refrigerant Handling course, the student will qualify to work for Maine contractors installing heat pumps statewide. CMCC is an Efficiency Maine Registered Trainer for Heat Pump Installer Training.

High Pressure Boiler Operator

Start Date: TBA

Location: ND Paper in Rumford

This course offers a practical approach, knowledge, and techniques to power plant operation and is designed to prepare the student to sit for the Maine licensing exam. Upon completion of this course and the required in-service experience, the student can take the licensing exam at Central Maine Community College.

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core and Construction Craft Laborer

Start Date: Spring 2024

Modules include: Build Your Future in Construction, Basic Safety, Introduction to Construction Math, Hand Tools, Power Tools, Construction Drawings, and Basic Rigging, along with Basic Communication, Basic Employability Skills, and Introduction to Material Handling.

National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) General Carpentry

Start Date: Summer 2024

This curriculum includes stair layout, building envelope, building materials and fasteners, construction plans and documents, floor systems, orientation to carpentry, principals of site building and layout, roof framing, and wall systems.

MIG Welding

Start Date: June 10 – July 12, 2024

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm; four-week course, 160 hours

Learn a new trade! This high-demand field includes jobs in the aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, agriculture and construction industries, and the rapidly growing renewable energy sector. The course covers a variety of welding techniques, including MIG & TIG welding, industry-standard weld joints, print reading, basic metallurgy, sheet metal forming, tube welding, and grinding & polishing.

Online Professional Development

Fitting professional development into your busy schedule can be tough. This is why we offer both on-campus and 100% online options through our online partners.

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Ed2Go offers a wide range of highly interactive courses. Most courses are $119 and while they are 100% online they do have specific start dates. With Ed2Go you have six weeks to access material and complete the course. All the courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors.

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Career Training Programs

Ed2Go also offers a variety of career and technical programs, with many that lead to professional certification, adding value to your resume.

Online courses and career training programs prepare you for a new career or help you advance within your current occupation.

MindEdge offers online, self-paced professional development courses and certificates in Leadership, Data Analytics, Creativity & Innovation, and Emerging Technologies. These courses are a great way to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Units (PDUs), to earn or maintain professional certifications.