Using VA Benefits to Become a Registered Maine Guide.
Step 1: Please reach out to make sure there is space available in the training you are interested in.
Step 2: Once Space is Confirmed - 50% Deposit is required to hold your seat, which will be refunded (see details below)
Step 3: To get the ball rolling, we need to have a "Letter of Eligibility".
Once you have that, please contact:
Greg is a Master Maine Guide, MOLC Instructor, and Veteran from the US Army.
Our Maine Guide Programs are approved for the use of GI Bill® benefits. GI Bill® us a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Students with questions regarding their benefits should contact the VA by calling 1-888-442-4551
or using the "Ask A Question" feature at
Our Facility Code: #28021419
NOTE: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is not affiliated with Maine's Outdoor Learning Center. They are representative for the Veterans Education Program, and can assist you as a veteran to use VA Benefits.
Thank you for your Service.
Please READ the Policies Below.
All Policies adhere to becoming a Maine Guide.
Deposit Policy: At the time of enrolling a 50% deposit is required for "In the Field" Training, due to only accepting 8 students.
No space is held without a deposit. 100 % payment is due 1 month prior to training if VA benefits have not been approved. Deposits for veterans, veteran spouses, and dependents are refundable and transferable as in MOLC’s cancellation policy for all enrolled students. Your deposit will be repaid to you 100% upon completion of the Maine Guide Training Program, and as long as we have received when your tuition from the VA.
NOTE: The student is responsible for paying any tuition the VA Benefit doesn’t cover.
Balance Due: If your VA Benefits do not pay 100% of the tuition, you are responsible for the balance. As is our policy for non-VA Benefit students, we require that this tuition balance is paid 1 month prior to class start date. As a school, this information should be made known to us ahead of time.
Attendance Policy: 100% attendance and participation for our courses is mandatory for a pass or fail certificate. 100% attendance is also required to receive any deposits you made on training.
Cancellation policy adheres to all attending students:
We have made every effort to create an adventurous journey for you. We have been doing this for years and this is territory we know well. Once the training program is full, other participants are either placed on a waiting list, or directed to another class. Cancellations with more than 60 days prior to the training program will be refunded 100% - minus credit card handling fees. When a training is posted as (FULL) refunds are only given if the space can be filled.
With cancellations less than 60 days prior to the start of the course, no shows, or non-completion of training - all monies are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If for any reason you are not satisfied with the training you are free to leave, but you will not receive a certificate of completion or return of fees for the training course.
These policies reflect the fact that we do not overbook, cancelled spaces are very difficult to fill at the last minute, and that the vast majority of costs are incurred in preparing for a course or long weekend in the woods and waters.
If for any reason we cancel a training class, the student has a choice to be refunded 100% or roll over fees to another training date.
Refund Policy for Veterans and Dependents Using VA Benefits: The school will refund the unused portion of prepaid VA Benefit tuition and fees back to the VA on a pro rata basis. Any amount in excess of $10.00 for an enrollment of registration fee will also be prorated.
Policies for All Students
100% attendance and participation for our training courses is expected. If a portion of the training, within reason of a few hours, is missed by unforeseen circumstances, MOLC Instructors will provide extra time for make-up. Student who miss 5 plus hours will be dismissed with no refund, no transferal.
Field Site: The field site trainings are immersion programs, which means for the entire training you will live in the woods and spend every day actively learning and doing. You will be evaluated, given feedback, and tested by hands-on, oral, and written tests by instructors. The evaluations are based on in the field exercises, test scores, and oral answers. Guides who successfully meet all training requirements will receive a certificate of completion.
Academic 4 day: Student Guides are tested in class written and orally. You must receive a score of 70 or better to receive a certificate of completion. Attendance, participation, and proficiency in map and compass skills are part of the score.
Testing: Student Guide test scores and pertinent information are maintained in our main office.
Written Test Grade Scale: PASS/FAIL
100 Question Exam:
Minimum passing grade considered satisfactory is: 70%
70% and Higher: PASS
Anything below a 70%: FAIL
While efforts are made by our staff to ensure the student Guides success, we reserve the right to academically dismiss student Guides who are not meeting minimum standards for participation and safety.
If for any reason you are not satisfied with the training you are free to leave, but you will not receive a certificate or return of fees for the training course.
Student Conduct and Dismissal Policy
When at the field site we’re all about creating successful Guides. We reserve the right to dismiss a student for any reason including but not limited to using drugs, excessive alcohol, fighting, and disruption of learning.
Conditions of reentrance for dismissed students for unsatisfactory progress are on a case by case basis. All inquiries for reentrance shall be submitted in writing to Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center for review.
Student Record Keeping
Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center maintains a written record of all student training and test scores in the main office in Lincolnville, Maine.
MOLC is a non-accredited training facility that neither gives or receives credit for previous education and training. However, the tools you bring into the program advances your knowledge and skills that advance your test scores with MOLC and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
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