Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

What is COOL?

COOL is a DoD Program to assist Military Service members to find information on certifications. COOL is implemented through the separate armed services to help service members translate their skills into civilian certifications.

  • Get information on credentials related to your service specialty.
  • Identify gaps in your training and credential requirements.
  • Find resources to help you close the gap between training and credentials.

Interested? Click the link below learn more about branch specific COOL opportunities. 

Do Any of These Employment Scenarios Apply to You?

The civilian equivalent of your specialty doesn't require a license or certification.

You may not need a license or certification for the civilian equivalent of you specialty but there may be additional credentials that could give you an advantage.  

Your military training and experience already provides the necessary credentials to practice the civilian job.

For example, let’s say you earned your Emergency Medical Technician certification to become a health care specialist.) You should be good to go. But there may be additional credentials that give you more of an advantage.

Your training and experience provide certification in the field, but not a license.

Your move to the civilian workforce may be relatively seamless. The requirements for a certificate and a license are often similar. However, you may need to obtain a license from the appropriate government agency.

You have the education, training, or experience necessary to become licensed or certified but don't have the formal license or certification from the credentialing board.

You may have to follow an administrative process that typically requires completing an application, documenting military training and experience, and possibly taking an exam.

You may need more education, training, or experience to be certified or licensed.

It may be more difficult to be employed or fully employed without the right credentials. In this case, you can find out more about available resources, costs and funding to meet the requirements.

COOL Information Links