Healthcare Training For ME

Connect to healthcare training resources to accelerate
your career or upskill your current workforce

Healthcare Training for ME is a statewide collaboration of educational institutions and government agency partners convened to ensure Maine’s workers and employers can easily access healthcare training opportunities and supports. Funding for Training for ME is provided through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to advance Maine's workforce and economic goals, with additional funds provided by the Harold Alfond Foundation.

Training Resources

FOR LEARNERS: TRAINING FOR YOU

There are many healthcare training options available to you in Maine—see below for different types of trainings that might meet your needs:

Free Trainings and Earn While You learn:

Learn more about how you can access FREE trainings today and opportunities that allow you to earn while you learn on the job.

Short-term (1 year or less) and Mid-term (1-2 years):

Maine Community College System (MCCS) and Maine Adult Education offer short-term healthcare trainings ranging from 3 weeks to 1 year, with online and in-person options that allow for flexibility.

Programs that take 1-2 years to complete offer advanced credentials and accelerated career pathways—offered by Maine Adult Education, Maine Community College System (MCCS), and the University of Maine System (UMS).

Longer-term and Degree Programs:

Looking to participate in a degree program or go back to school full time for the next 2+ years? The universities of the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System have nursing and other degree programs that might be for you — learn more here!

Upcoming Trainings

Not sure which program or training is a good fit?
Questions about how to pay for training?

Tell us more about you and we can help connect you to opportunities that best fit your needs.

Individual Training Request

Priority Job Trainings

Based on current needs in Maine, the following occupational trainings are highest priority to receive partial or full funding: 

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) 
  • Behavioral Health Professional (BHP)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • Certified Counseling Aide
  • Certified Dementia Care Provider
  • Certified Intentional Peer Support 
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 
  • CNA-M 
  • CNA to LPN
  • Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA) 
  • CIC Infection Preventionist certification
  • Dental assistant 
  • Direct support professional (DSP) 
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician-1 (MHRT-1)&(MHRT-C) 
  • Paramedic (accelerated)
  • Patient service representative (PSR)
  • Personal Support Specialist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Recovery Coach
  • Surgical Technologist

Not sure which job is for you or need more support on your career & educational journey?

  • Explore healthcare career pathways (PDF)
  • Learn more about other programs to support your educational and career advancement journey including HOPE, CSSP, and loan repayment options from HRSA and FAME!
  • Connect with a CareerCenter counselor via Live Chat
  • Learn more about how your previous education or experience can count toward earning a new credential through resources offered through at New Mainers Resource Center and UMaine System

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FOR EMPLOYERS: TRAIN YOUR WORKFORCE

This partnership can provide healthcare training to your staff and resources to help defray the costs of training. This is an opportunity to help staff advance in their careers and gain valuable credentials all while upskilling your workforce. Available trainings may include options to host on-site at your workplace, online, and at convenient locations in the community.

Submit a training request today to learn more about how we can work with you to support and upskill your workforce!

Employer Training Request

Upcoming Trainings


Other Information

FAQ's & More Information

Overview

This statewide collaboration of educational institutions and government agency partners came together to ensure all individuals and employers in the State of Maine who are interested in healthcare training opportunities can easily access information, funding support and other resources. Funding support is intended to support employers by investing in skills development for their current staff and support individuals in achieving their healthcare career goals and advance on the career ladder. Funding for this program is provided from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to advance Maine’s workforce and economic goals, as well as the Harold Alfond Foundation.

Eligibility

Employers seeking to upskill their current healthcare workers and individuals interested in advancing in current or entering new healthcare careers may be eligible. Training opportunities that result in a credential, degree or certification prior to December 2024 will be prioritized.

Based on current needs in Maine, the following occupational trainings are highest priority to receive partial or full funding:

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
  • Behavioral Health Professional (BHP)
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor
  • Certified Counseling Aide
  • Certified Dementia Care Provider
  • Certified Intentional Peer Support
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • CNA-M
  • CNA to LPN
  • Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)
  • CIC Infection Preventionist certification
  • Dental assistant
  • Direct support professional (DSP)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician-1 (MHRT-1)& (MHRT-C)
  • Paramedic (accelerated)
  • Patient service representative (PSR)
  • Personal Support Specialist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Recovery Coach
  • Surgical Technologist

In addition to training funding, there are also several loan repayment programs available for certain healthcare professions. The following may be eligible for loan repayment or training assistance from other programs (though may not be covered through Training For Me funds)

  • Applied Behavioral Analysts and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts
  • BSN/RN (Bachelors Degree)
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Bachelors Degree)
  • Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Degree)
  • Occupational Therapist (Bachelors Degree)
  • Pharmacist (Advanced Degree)
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician (Advanced Degree)
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Registered Nurse (Associate Degree)
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Speech Therapist

If you are a current healthcare worker looking to advance to the next level or individual looking to pursue one of the occupations above, training funding may be available to you. To learn more, please fill out this brief questionnaire and our team will let you know which opportunities are available to you.

Training costs vary by program, length and credential. The TrainingForME partnership will, in most cases, support standard short-term training costs in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 per individual. Additional funding to meet non-standard requests or customized employer/employee training needs may be offered, subject to availability and demonstrated need. Tell us more about you and your training needs to learn what supports may be available you. This is subject to change based on available funding.

Possibly. This may vary based on available funding, level of interest in this initiative, and programs of interest. Tell us more about you and your training needs to learn what supports may be available you.

TrainingForMe funding is primarily intended to support tuition/course fees/books. Other programs are available to offer additional supports to fully participate in training (e.g. equipment, stipends or resources related to childcare or transportation) such as CSSP or HOPE programs while loan repayment options are available through HRSA and FAME. If you are unsure what resources you may be eligible for, we can help—tell us more about yourself here.

  • Tuition remission (Maine Department of Labor): A total of $7 M available to provide healthcare employers with funding support to upskill their incumbent patient-facing healthcare workers—with a focus on paying for short-term credentials to advance critical entry-level workers to the next stage in their career.
  • The Maine Community College System through the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce will provide training to help the unemployed and under-employed find employment to meet career and personal goals and enroll incumbent workers in college courses to put them on a path to earning a college degree. MCCS invites businesses and associations to become Compact Members.”

Employer participation

Employers can access training funding to supplement their current training support offerings to employees. This funding is not intended to supplant existing employer supports but rather provide additional resources to invest in current healthcare workers to enhance skills. For example, this funding may support expanding training offerings to an additional cohort of employees or creating new training offerings for your employees—but cannot be used to cover the costs of existing employer-provided trainings.

As long as training results in a certification or credential tied to healthcare, employers may have multiple options for training their employees—including hosting trainings on-site, partnering with other local employers to host trainings, sending employees to nearby training institutions, among others. Employers can submit a request for training support for employees

Training costs vary by program, length and credential. The TrainingForME partnership will, in most cases, support standard short-term training costs in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 per employee. Additional funding to meet non-standard requests or customized employer/employee training needs may be offered, subject to availability and demonstrated need. Tell us more about you and your workforce training needs to learn what supports may be available you. This is subject to change based on available funding. Private providers may be used to deliver training; however, they will only be reimbursed up to a certain amount—either $1,200/student or the rate of a public provider’s similar offering—depending on the program funder. Tell us more about your workforce training needs to learn what supports may be available you.

Maine Workforce Development Compact members are entitled to one free course for their interested employees as well as additional supports. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Compact member.

Training Participation

Training costs will be paid upfront, directly to the education & training provider.

Training costs will be paid directly to the training provider.

Yes, private providers may be used to deliver training though they will only be reimbursed up to a certain amount—either $1,200/student or the rate of a public provider’s similar offering—depending on the program funder.

More information on programs and funding sources is detailed here.

Partners

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Contact Us

If you have questions about this collaborative, training opportunities, or how to access available funding supports, please email healthcaretrainingforme@maine.gov