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Credentialing - COOL

COOL Logo COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Army Soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs). COOL explains how Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started.
COOL is a resource for:

  • Soldiers who want to know what civilian credentials relate to their MOS and how to obtain them.
  • Education, Career and Transition Counselors providing guidance on education, professional growth, and career requirements and opportunities.
  • Army Recruiters who want to show potential recruits the opportunities for professional growth and civilian career preparation available through Army service.
  • Employers and Credentialing Boards interested in how military training and experience prepares Soldiers for civilian credentials and jobs.

COOL a variety of information about credentialing and licensing. COOL can be used to:

  • Get background information about civilian licensure and certification in general and specific information on individual credentials including eligibility requirements and resources to prepare for a credentialing exam.
  • Identify licenses and certifications relevant to Army MOSs for enlisted soldiers and Warrant Officers.
  • Learn how to fill gaps between Army training and experience and civilian credentialing requirements.
  • Learn about resources available to Soldiers that can help them gain civilian job credentials.

Resource Icon Quick Guide for COOL
Throughout the COOL website, there are a number of icons that are used to quickly communicate information to the user at a glance. When displayed, you can hover over the icon for a brief description of what they represent. Some icons are clickable and direct you to an outside source for additional information. The resource icons used on COOL are described in the following table:

Icon Meaning
For occupational equivalents, the occupation has been classified as "Bright Outlook." Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.
For occupational equivalents, the occupation has been identified as a "green occupation." Green occupations will likely change as a result of the "green economy." Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations.
The credential has been approved for Promotion Points for enlisted Soldiers. Click on the icon to the left to go to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command Web site for more information.
Reimbursement for credential fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill. Click on the icon to the left to see the information page. Note: see the COOL.
Army e-Learning – Certification preparation courses are provided, at no cost to the Soldier, through Army e-Learning. Click on the icon to the left to go to the Army e-Learning Program page.
College credit recommendations for this credential have been made by the American Council on Education (ACE). Click on the icon to the left to go to the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service.
This credentialing program has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Click on the icon to the left for more information from the NCCA Web site.
This credentialing program has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Click on the icon to the left for more information from the ANSI Web site.

The COOL site is both a search tool and an information source. Soldiers can find information on a specific credential searching by MOS or by the name of a specific credential or agency. Related Certifications and Related Licenses have been determined to be related to the MOS either directly or by skill. Each credential in the Funded Certifications table is designated as either Directly Related (D) or Skill Related (S).

  • Directly Related Certifications – Certifications that are directly related to at least 80 percent of the major duties associated with a Soldier's MOS.
  • Skill Related Certifications – Certifications that are directly related to at least one critical task associated with the duties of a Soldier's MOS.
  • Other Certifications and Other Licenses include credentials that may also be of interest to persons in the MOS, but may require significant additional training or experience to obtain.

Generally, there are two types of costs associated with obtaining a license or credential: 1) Credentialing board or agency fees and 2) Fees for additional education or training. Although it varies by credential and by organization, credentialing agencies typically charge the followings fees:

  • Application fee - from $20 to $200
  • Exam fee - from $20 to $200
  • Renewal fee = from $10 to $150

Soldiers can also find general information on credentials and licenses, and on resources to help cover credentialing costs or work on an education plan.

  • Through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the Montgomery GI Bill offers financial assistance with licensing and certification as well as supplemental education and training. Eligible service members and veterans can use the Montgomery GI Bill to pay for up to $2,000 in fees for civilian occupational licensing and certification exams. Fees for re-testing and renewing licenses or certifications are also covered. Visit the VA’s GI Bill web site or see the Licensing and Certification Exams brochure for additional information.
  • If you are a member of the National Guard or Reserves, you may also be able to receive GI Bill reimbursement for licensing and certifications test fees. Qualifying members of the Guard and Reserve can now receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 per test. For more information and to find out whether you qualify for this benefit, please see the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Licensing and Certification Brochure or contact a VA representative.

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