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 though the separate armed services help service members translate their skills into civilian certifications.

The COOL program helps you:

  • 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.

Do any of these employment scenarios apply to you?

If so COOL might be a good chose for you.

Employment ScenarioWhat Should You Do?
1. The civilian equivalent of your specialty doesn't require a license or certification.You don't need to pursue a credential, but having one may give you an advantage. It's worth checking into.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. You have the education, training, or experience necessary to become licensed or certified. But you 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.
5. 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

COOL helps Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen find information on certifications and licenses relate to their jobs held in the service
Army
Service members can search for certification using an optimized search engine geared towards their service and MOS, Rating or AFSC
Navy
Every Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen is able to receive COOL support to assist them in a smooth transition from the military
Marine Corp
COOL services credentialing opportunities must be completed and exam vouchers used no later than 60 days prior to separation.
Air Force
COOL certification courses from Total Cyber are offered online so that you can study and learn during the ongoing pandemic caused by COVID-19
Coast Guard