COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Army Service members find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs. Use COOL to get background information on credentialing and find detailed information on:
- Credentials related to an Army Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
- Credential requirements and potential gaps between Army training and civilian credentialing requirements
- Resources available to fill gaps between military training and civilian credentialing requirements
Why Are Credentials Important?
Civilian credentials are important for two reasons:
Career Advancement Civilian credentialing can contribute to military career development, and may be accepted for self-development requirements and in performance evaluations.
Smoother Transitions When you transition back to civilian employment, credentials help you translate your military training and experience into something civilian employers can easily recognize. That can help you get hired, get a better job, or be promoted sooner!
Army COOL helps soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs and can even provide funding to pay for credential exams and maintenance fees.
Using the Army COOL Website
The Army COOL website allows soldiers to get their credentials in four easy steps:
- Find & Select Related Credentials Use the website's FIND feature to see how your Army training and experience matches up with civilian credential requirements. It's easy to use and you can search by MOS code or title.
- Learn About Credential Requirements Once you have selected a credential, learn about its requirements.
- Learn About Available Resources Most credentials have fees associated with them. Learn about resources that can help you pay them.
- Apply For and Take The Exam Army COOL is not a credentialing organization. You do not sign up for or take exams from Army COOL. Once you know what certification you want to take, you will contact the credentialing organization or test vendor to schedule and take the exam. You should contact your personnel office for entry into your service record and also have your training entered into your Joint Service Transcript.
Military.com's Job Center
Military.com has a one-stop job center that allows you to:
- Search military-friendly jobs
- Translate your military skills to civilian skills that employers recognize
- Network with other veterans in similar career field or with similar interests
- Locate job fairs in your area