The University of Maine System is a Grow with Google Partner

As a Grow with Google (External Link) partner, the University of Maine System (UMS) now offers Google Career Certificates to help learners develop skills to start or advance their careers in high-growth fields. The certificates can complement degree programs and help to increase learners’ earning potential.

Learners can jump right in. Experience or prior knowledge is not necessary.

About University of Maine System Micro-Credentials

A “micro-credential” showcases your competency in skills that are needed in today’s workforce. A verified micro-credential is earned when learners are able to demonstrate what they know — and what they are able to do — related to a specific topic.

University of Maine System (UMS) micro-credentials are made up of stacked digital badges, which highlight the skills employers are seeking. They are offered to University of Maine System students and as professional development opportunities for individuals already in the workforce to advance or increase their marketability. Micro-credentials earned through the University of Maine System are:

Circle with checkmark: Validated


In the process of earning a micro-credential, learners will:

  • Receive rigorous training
  • Practice the skills that are sought after by employers
  • Apply their learning in a work-based setting
  • Receive feedback on their performance
  • Earn digital credentials

What are UMS micro-credential pathways?

As you progress along your micro-credential path you will receive milestone badges:

Maine Pathway Level 1 Badge

Level 1 Badge

Each University of Maine System micro-credential is designed to take students from the basic understanding of a topic through application of skills in a real-world professional work setting. Learn about the levels below:

Level 1

Introduction and Foundation
  • Introduction to topic and themes
  • Foundational work
  • Preparation for training

Level 2

Training and Practice
  • Rigorous training
  • Aligned quality standards
  • Skills practice
  • Assessment of competencies

Training comes in a variety of forms: Workshops, courses, programs, bootcamps, webinars, online modules or other formats

Level 3

Application and Feedback
  • Internships, co-ops, externships and jobs
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work-based learning
  • On-the-job training
  • Experiential, applied learning
  • Assessment of competencies

Learners received valued performance feedback within their applied learning opportunity

Stacked Macro-Badge

UMS Micro-Credential Earned

Once you have earned all three levels within a pathway you will have earned a University of Maine System micro-credential. Micro-badges and industry certifications may also be earned.

All badges can be shared on social media or professional sites such as LinkedIn.

What are the benefits to earning micro-credentials?

Keep current.

  • Upskill and reskill
  • Receive training and work-experience

Strengthen your narrative and digital identity.

  • Communicate your skills to employers

Showcase your skills and stand out.

  • Get verified and share your badges

Continue to learn.

  • Keep coming back for more!

Learn more about micro-credentials for:

Start on your path with a University of Maine System micro-credential!

Who can earn UMS micro-credentials and badges*?

  • Enrolled UMS undergraduate and graduate students
  • Community members, professionals and adult learners

*See the eligibility criteria for each micro-credential. 

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