Professional Development Courses


Following is a list of courses that may be offered to companies or the general public.  Courses may be customized to meet the specific and unique needs of the company.  Course descriptions are generic in nature, and will be taught during general public course offerings.  For more information click on the contact us button on the right or the staff contact information on the left.



PDB-010 Email and Electronic File Management $79/6 hours

This workshop will cover email for business using MS Outlook. Topics include adjusting email settings, creating contact groups, electronic calendaring, email etiquette, as well as managing electronic files on a computer system using the MS Windows file management tool.

PDB-020 MS Word (Level #1) $99/6 hours

This one-day workshop will focus on using MS Word to create professional-looking letters, flyers, and reports covering features such as adjusting font/line/paragraph options, borders/shading, tabs, tables, columns, page numbering, headers/footers, and inserting images.


PDH-B30 BLS Healthcare Provider CPR $65/8 hours

This course is for students entering any of the several healthcare professions (EMT, Nursing, CNA, Residential Care, etc.). The course covers one and two-person adult CPR; child and infant CPR; obstructed airway maneuvers for the conscious and unconscious adult, child and infant; barrier devices and disease transmission and prevention; introduction to the Automated External Defibrillator (AED); legal and ethical considerations; and special resuscitation situations. Students who have been certified in the past and have let their certification lapse by more than thirty days will need to take this full class.

PDH-B40 BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Recertification $49/4 hours

For those who have taken the Healthcare Provider, the student must recertify every two years. This course is for healthcare professionals who have previously been certified and now need to obtain an updated course card. A written and practical examination will be given during the program. Successful students will be issued a two-year course completion card. Students whose CPR cards are more than thirty days expired will need to take the full eight-hour Healthcare Provider CPR class (PDH-B30).

PDS-020 MHRT-1 Mental Health and Rehabilitation Training $1,100/97 hours

The MHRT-1 certification applies to individuals who work as daily living support specialists and residential support workers in the adult mental health field. The guidelines and regulations for the MHRT-1 are managed by the Maine Center for Learning. The training program includes First Aid/CPR, Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS), Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA) and Mandt training.


ECT-A10 Build Your Own Adirondack Chair $229/15 hours

Master the band saw and simple fasteners to create your very own Adirondack chair. Useful measuring and marking techniques will be covered in addition to finish methods and an introduction to wood structure and care. No prior woodworking experience is necessary to create heirloom quality furniture though, as in most things, it certainly doesn't hurt.

ECT-C10 Set Construction Training for Beginners $1,450/65 hours

Learn the basics of set construction for film, television, theater, and commercial work in this hands on two-week workshop led by Master Carpenter and IATSE Local 481 union representative, Eric Matheson. With over 80 feature films under his belt including The Crucible, The Cider House Rules, Empire Falls, and R.I.P.D., Eric will guide students through a practical introduction to the basic duties of the set construction department. Along the way, students will explore industry terminology, best practices, the role of different departments on set, set protocol, budgets, and the realities of working in the entertainment industry. This experiential program is for those with basic carpentry skills who wish to learn specific methods and practices through the actual construction of a set completed by the end of week two.

ECT-P10 Timber Frame Pergola Workshop $575/35 hours

Join us for an introduction to timber framing. Learn a basic knowledge of timber frame joinery, care and use of hand tools and sharpening methods while you learn to build and raise a timber frame pergola. Students will lay out joints on timbers, cut, and shape joints using saws, and learn rule of thumb techniques for joinery.

ECT-T10 Timber Frame Workshop for Beginners: Build a Small House $1,500/40 hours

In this workshop, students will focus on layout, cutting, joinery, and raising a timber frame. Students will learn the "scribe rule" method, gain confidence with hand tools, and some modern advantages with power tools.

PDT-B50 High Pressure Boiler $595/45 hours

This 45-hour course provides students with the knowledge and techniques needed to operate a boiler steam generating plant in a safe and efficient manner. Basics of boiler design and control are emphasized as well as the importance of feed water treatment. Topics include day-to-day operations, steam turbine control, power generation, and environmental control parameters to meet emission requirements. The safe handling and combustion of natural gas, fuel oil, coal, and wood fuel is also covered. This course will also place emphasis on code requirements. The course offers a practical approach to power plant operation and is designed to prepare the student for the Maine High Pressure Boiler Operator's licensing exam. (Some experience in the field is required to sit for this exam).  The State of Maine has approved this course to count for three months of experience towards the Maine High Pressure Boiler Operator's license.

PDT-C20 AutoCAD in the Workplace $249/30 hours

AutoCAD in the Workplace is a foundation course to teach the most commonly used features of AutoCAD for use in a business or industrial setting. Students will be introduced to two dimensional (2D) drafting commands, dimensioning drawing setup, and plotting.  Covered topics will include mechanical, architectural, and electrical drawings; the limitations of 2D design; CAD naming conventions; and file management.

PDT-E10 National Electrical Code 15-Hour Update $195/15 hours

If you are working in the electrical field and are looking for the current code update, this course is for you.  This course meets the requirements for the State of Maine code update as the NEC code changes.

PDT-H10 Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump $995/40 hours

This 40-hour course will provide professionals with the basics of refrigerant cycle theory and explain how the cycle produces heating and cooling. Other topics covered in the course will be basic electrical theory, control theory, mechanical operation of system components, and safe work practices involved in the installation of these units. Students will experience a hands-on lab component involving the installation and troubleshooting of these state-of-the-art mini-split heat pump systems.

PDT-O10 Oil Burner Technician $3,300/200 hours

This course prepares students with the education and skills necessary to acquire a State of Maine Journeyman Oil Burner Technician - 1 & 2 Oils (up to 15 GPH) license and become NORA Certified at the Bronze Level. The classroom curriculum includes lecture and discussion about combustion theory, oil tank installation, oil burner component identification, basic electricity, oil burner controls and testing, service procedures, and customer service. The lab activities allow students to receive hands-on experience on live fire units. The lab curriculum includes basic tool use and safety, electrical safety, mechanical troubleshooting, annual tune ups, electrical testing, and troubleshooting of oil burner controls and devices. Students can anticipate 110 +/- hours of lecture/discussion and 90 +/- hours of lab activities.

PDT-O50 Introduction to OSHA Standards $195/10 hours

The 10-hour OSHA Outreach course teaches employees the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating, and reporting hazards associated with their work.  The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

PDT-O60 OSHA 10 CFR 1926 Safety and Health Regulations for Construction $195/10 hours

This course offers basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate.

PDT-P20 Propane Natural Gas: Appliance Connection & Service with Basic Principles & Practices of Propane $3,584/200 hours

The first step in becoming a Propane & Natural Gas Technician is to begin with the “Basic Principles & Practices of Propane” course. This course is designed to provide all personnel with the basic principles and practices of working with propane to ensure safety and help provide quality service to customers and the community. The Basic Principles & Practices of Propane course is a prerequisite to the more advanced CETP courses and is designed to be both a learning resource and a career development tool. Successful completion of this course is required before students can matriculate in any other CETP courses at KVCC. This course encompasses three sections, CETP 4.2, 4.3, and FGT 1.1 (Maine Natural Gas Supplement). CETP Section 4.2 “Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operations” focuses primarily on the checks and tests required when installing new piping and regulators or restoring service to an existing vapor distribution system. This section instructs the student on the specific steps in these important tests and checks. CETP Section 4.3 “Installing Appliances and Interior Vapor Distribution Systems” focuses primarily on interior systems piping as well as the installation of gas appliances. This section also covers how to design and install appliances and how to design interior vapor distribution systems. Other course topics include:

  • Selecting appliances and how this impacts the design of an entire system.
  • Computing combustion, ventilation, and dilution air.
  • Designing a venting system.
  • Designing gas piping and creating a piping plan.
  • Installing appliances.
  • Installing venting systems.
  • Installing gas piping.

FGT 1.1 Section “Maine Natural Gas Supplement” focuses on the properties of natural gas, procedures for installing house piping, and procedures for placing natural gas operated equipment in-service as required by the State of Maine. Course fee includes CETP e-books and exam fees. Course fee does not include NFPA 54 & NFPA 58; these books may be purchased from

PDT-P30 Delivery Technician and Basic Principles $--/20 hours

This course provides training for inspecting, maintaining, and operating propane delivery vehicles; filling propane storage containers; and making customer deliveries of propane. This course is designed for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles to deliver propane, and covers Bobtail equipment and systems, including cargo tank, gauges, pumps, meters, delivery hoses, and emergency discharge control equipment. The course encompasses CETP 2.1 & 2.4, 2.2 & 2.5* (*Note that CETP 2.5 has been replaced by the Mobile Crane Safety in the Propane Industry Program). Successful completion of this course and exams will help students achieve the State of Maine Propane & Natural Gas - Delivery Technician authority.

PDT-P40 Propane Natural Gas: Large Industrial Gas Fired Equipment $385/20 hours

This course covers the basic steps required for calculating system demand, determining fuel supply needs using propane, propane/air mixtures and natural gas, as well as the steps required for determining when propane vaporizing and mixing systems are needed. Some areas covered in this course are:

  • Determining gas supply requirements for large industrial gas-fire equipment
  • Identifying characteristics and functions of valve trains and ignition safety systems used with large gas-fire equipment
  • Identifying characteristics and functions of safety controls and burner designs used with large gas-fire equipment
  • Identifying system testing and start-up procedures that apply to large gas-fired equipment

Prerequisites: PNG1-010, PNG1-020, PNG1-030 or License with Appliance Connection & Service authority. Required Materials: CETP Textbook; NFPA 54, 2012 edition; NFPA 58, 2011 edition. Course fee includes exam fee. Course fee does not include CETP Textbook, NFPA 54 or NFPA 58. The CETP Textbook can be purchased from; the NFPA 54, 2012 edition & NFPA 58, 2011 edition books can be purchased from Refrigerant Certification (EPA 608 self-study) $195/6 hours

The EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification for Small Appliances (self-study) course at KVCC is designed to prepare technicians for the EPA 608 certification exam:

  • Core Certification (general knowledge of refrigerants)
  • Type 1 (repair and service of small appliances using refrigerant)

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

PDT-R10 EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification $195/8 hours

The EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification (Self Study) course at KVCC is designed to prepare technicians for the following EPA 608 certification exams: Core, Type 1 and Type II. The Type III certification exam is an option for those students who are seeking their Universal Technician Certification; however, Type III is not included with the onsite review. This course is not intended to be formal refrigeration training course. Technicians who take this course should be familiar with basic vapor – compression refrigeration cycle and common service equipment and procedures.

PDT-S10 Solar PV for the Associate Candidate $525/40 hours

This hybrid course is designed as a general introduction to Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology and will help students achieve a basic knowledge of the applications, design, installation and operation of solar PV systems. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and skills involved within the solar PV industry. The course content is consistent with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Solar PV Associate Learning Objectives. Percentage of time spent on course topics, and the weight placed on assessment questions match the learning priority levels established by NABCEP’s course and test specifications. The course includes two onsite classes. One at the beginning to introduce the class, discuss expectations, and how to navigate the course. There will be an onsite class at the end of the course. This will include testing on two of the solar PV trainers, NABCEP testing parameters and awarding of certificates.

PDT-S20 Solar PV Design & Install $995/40 hours

This course is designed for technical professionals who are interested in installing, servicing, and designing solar PV systems. This course will provide training for installers who wish to pursue NABCEP Solar PV Installer Certification. The NABCEP Installer Exam is offered twice a year at regional testing centers and must be scheduled through NABCEP. The target candidate for NABCEP installer certification is the person responsible for the system installation (e.g., contractor, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman). Course costs DO include meals/snacks and textbooks/course materials. Course costs DO NOT include examination fees, required tools, and equipment.

PDT-S30 Solar Markets, Applications, Financing & Regulation $59/7 hours

This one-day workshop will cover various topics within the solar industry, from investing and financing of solar systems to regulation and markets to homeowner understanding.

PDT-W10 Welding I $650/45 hours

During this course, you will be introduced to the basics of welding. We will spend time covering safety and principles of welding. This course will give you a good foundation to which you can build skills on. The welding process that will be used is SMAW (Shielded, Metal, Arc Welding, “Stick”). You will be able to make minor repairs and start your own projects after completing the course. The format of the class will be geared towards the AWS test. You will not be ready to be certified, but will be well prepared to continue your welding training.

PDT-W20 Welding II $650/45 hours

This is a more advanced continuation of Welding I and the next level in your welding training. During this course, you will continue building your skills on SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding “Stick”). You will also be introduced to FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding) and cutting with oxy-acetylene torches. If you are successful and progress well, you will be ready to take one AWS certification test at the completion of the class. AWS tests are administered at the Test Center at Eastern Maine Community College. Prerequisite: Welding I or instructor's permission.

PDT-W30 Welding III $650/45 hours

This is the most advanced level of welding training. You will continue to build the skills learned in Welding I & II, and will be introduced to the TIG Process, the opportunities of push/pull aluminum, and the potential of specialized training at the request of the student. If successful and progress well, you will be ready to take more AWS certification tests. Prerequisites: Welding I & II or instructor's permission.


PDL-B10 Professional Bartending $190/21 hours

Do you like meeting new people? Would you like to know more about how a bar operates?  Then this course is for you.  Participants in this non-credit course will learn the basics of professional bartending and mixology and its application in restaurants, clubs, and function facilities.  Whether you are taking this course to find a full-time/part-time job, or you are taking it for your own personal enrichment, this course will be fun and enjoyable. This seven-week course will introduce you not only to mixology, but to appropriate glassware; the use of basic bartending tools; over 100 basic and fancy drink recipes; how to cut fruit and decorate cocktails; basic laws concerning customers, liability, and regulations of the bartender and the property owner; ways to increase sales and tips; and so much more.


TPB-E60 Employment Law Certificate (SHRM Preferred Provider) $729/45 hours

Employment law is a branch of contract law that deals with relationships between employers and employees. This course will cover statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other various statutes dealing with public employees. Topics to be included are master and servant, wages and hours, anti-discrimination in employment, and minimum wages and maximum hours, as well as regulation of working conditions.

TPB-I40 Intellectual Property Law for Engineers $645/45 hours

All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally-based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention and its creator are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. The class will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement; and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents). We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials, and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

TPB-L50 Legal Nurse Consultant Training $895/42 hours

This exciting program prepares Registered Nurses and Physician’s Assistants for a career in the legal field as Legal Nurse Consultants. Building on the medical education and clinical experience of RNs and PAs, this course provides the RN and PA with fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically-related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. The curriculum of this course is designed to comply with the educational guidelines specified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion from the university through which they are registered.

TPB-L60 Legal Secretary Certificate $645/50 hours

This intensive program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. Students will study such topics as legal terminology; legal process; jurisdiction and venue; ethics; written communications including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions; filing procedures; billing and accounting; time management; records management; an overview of commonly used word and data processing programs; legal research; memoranda preparation; and citation format.

TPB-L90 Legal Investigation Certificate $645/50 hours

This exciting course is designed to teach legal investigation to those interested in pursuing a new career and those presently working in the legal field. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies, and private businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies, in the process of civil and criminal investigation. Students will also be taught how to create a freelance investigation business. Included subject areas are arson investigation, product liability investigation, personal injury and traffic accident forensics, employment accidents, investigation of financial and equity matters, professional malpractice and negligence, skip-tracing, and the role of a legal investigator in preparing for civil and criminal litigation.

TPB-L95 Law School Preparation $300/45 hours

You’ve probably heard the horror stories about that grueling first year of law school. That’s likely the main reason you signed up for this course! Rest assured that you’ve done the right thing. The best way to avoid the pitfalls of the first set of courses is to prepare yourself for the unique way you’ll need to study in law school. This course is designed to give you the tools you need to be ready for the first year of law school and beyond.

TPB-M90 Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate $645/45 hours

This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is geared for all professionals who are focused on “interest-based bargaining.” This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions.

TPB-P10 Personal Injury for Paralegals $729/50 hours

With this exciting, fast-paced class you will learn many of the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents. We will review the negligence theory of torts upon which many personal injury claims are based. Students will discuss interviewing, investigating, and other case building techniques vital to a personal injury paralegal’s success in the law office.

TPB-P90 Paralegal Certificate $1,289/45 hours

This introduction to paralegal studies provides the foundation for the study of paralegalism. During the seven-week course, you will gain an understanding of the American legal system and learn how you can be of assistance in the exciting field of law. Coursework in Paralegal I is equivalent to 45 class hours of study.

TPB-P95 Advanced Paralegal Certificate $1,800/50 hours

These advanced topics build upon the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course offered by over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. These classes are available to students who wish to extensively build upon their knowledge of law and paralegal studies with classes in specialized facets of contemporary law. Your study and concentration on substantively specific materials will enable you to gain a strong competitive edge over other paralegals. The additional training gained through participation in these advanced classes will embellish your legal knowledge and skills, which in turn should increase your salary and marketability.

TPB-S30 Software Essentials for the Law Office $729/50 hours

This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Course topics include computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery; and trial presentation and graphics software.

TPB-V90 Victim Advocacy Certificate (NOVA Approved) $645/45 hours

Participants will be prepared to work in victim advocacy arenas; such as domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines; and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery. Course topics include legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victims’ rights, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, effects of victimization on the victim, victim advocate skills, guardianships, and crisis intervention. It also covers counseling skills for victims of assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, murder, and homicide.