Certificate Course Information
PSS, CRMA & CRMA Recertification Courses
MHCA does not currently have the resources in place to offer the certificate courses required in the State of Maine to serve as a Personal Support Specialist (PSS) or a Certified Residential Medication Aid (CRMA) in an Assisted Living Community in Maine.
In the interim, we encourage you to visit the DHHS, Division of Licensing and Certification, webpage to access their statewide training schedule, which includes a complete list of the certificate courses being offered across the State and information about how to register.
Certificates for these courses are issued by the State of Maine. You may visit the State’s web portal to print your certificate using your first name, last name and the last four digits of your social security number.
Activity Coordinator Certification
To serve as an Activity Coordinator in a skilled nursing facility or nursing home you must be either (1) a registered occupational therapist, or (2) an occupational therapy assistant, or (3) a qualified therapeutic recreation specialist, or (4) complete (or be enrolled) in a State approved training program.
There are currently two State-approved programs that qualify an individual to serve as an Activity Coordinator under option #4 above:
- The 200-hour Activity Coordinator Training, which is typically offered on a very limited basis through Maine’s Adult Education programs, and
- The 180-hour “Basic” Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP), a national curriculum created by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP). Currently, this course is only available to Maine residents via distance learning options. For more information, visit NCCAP’s website for the updated list of Approved Instructors. Use the contact information provided to reach out to instructors who offer the MEPAP (Part 1) course through an online or home study options.
ServSafe Food Safety Program
The ServSafe® Food Safety Program was developed by the National Restaurant Association to prepare individuals for the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification exam. The program blends the latest FDA Food Code, food safety research and years of food sanitation training experience. Managers learn to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. The ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification is valid nationally and recognized for a period of 5 years. The course is available online; use the link above for more information about distance learning options for becoming ServSafe® certified. Contact MHCA at 207.623.1146 for information about local resources available for taking the course and the corresponding exam in-person.
Karen M. Michaud
Director of Education