UMF center to administer professional licensing tests

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FARMINGTON – Beginning today, the University of Maine at Farmington’s Center for Human Development just got a whole lot busier.

Awarded a certification as one of two ACT professional licensing exam centers in Maine, UMF will be providing computer-based testing available to the public of everything from master plumber to surgical assistant.

With this certification, UMF becomes part of the ACT Center network, an independent organization that provides proctored, professional licensing and certification testing services and work place skills assessments.

“I suspect we will be very busy,” said Cindy Kemble, UMF’s assistant director of testing services. Kemble, along with Sue Ronald have been undergoing training by ACT to administer the tests and provide test security over the last month and a half. The test schedules and candidate registrations are all handled online through ACT. The UMF center has seven computers available for the tests, which will be administered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

In addition to the site at UMF, the only other ACT test center in Maine is located at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. Kemble noted that there is only one testing site in southern New Hampshire so she expects central and northern New Hampshire residents will be crossing the border to take tests at UMF.

Among the new services available at the UMF site will be many professional licensing tests, including those needed by social workers, surgical assistants, journeyman and master plumbers; health care office administrators; and ophthalmology, dentistry and food and nutrition professionals.

“The availability of these testing services at UMF will make it easier for individuals to obtain the licenses required to further their professional careers and meet the state’s ever-growing needs for a well-educated work force,” said Robert Pederson, director of the UMF Center for Human Development.

Community member Wendy Warren prepares to complete her scheduled exam at University of Maine at Farmington’s testing facilities. (UMF photo)

“We are delighted to welcome UMF as a testing center,” said Cassie Rochholz, technical coordinator for ACT. A complete list of tests offered can be found at http://www.act.org/actcenters/overview/testing.html

In addition to the ACT professional licensing tests, the UMF testing center also offers: Accuplacer, College Level Exam Program (CLEP), Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), PRAXIS I and II, proctoring for distance learning exams and others.

The UMF Franklin Academic Success Center is located at 252 Main Street in Farmington.

For a complete listing of services, fees and hours of operation at UMF’s Center for Human Development contact Kemble, UMF assistant director of testing services at 207-778-7666, or visit their Web site at http://chd.umf.maine.edu/.

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