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