GI Bill License and Certification Program

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The GI Bill can reimburse you for licensing and certification tests that have been specifically approved for the GI Bill. The Department of Veterans Affairs can pay you for the cost of the test as well as any preparatory course that is also approved.

The following is a summary of the GI Bill license and certification reimbursement program.

Overview of the GI Bill Certification Program

In today's business and federal workforce, having a license or certification can open doors. Many professions, such as jobs subject to state or other government regulations, require a license. Certification is voluntary but frequently sought. That's because getting a certification can help you get, keep or advance in a job.

In professions such as mechanic, realtor, medical technician, project manager, computer network engineer and many more, it's clear that certifications play a key role.

You can receive reimbursement of up to $2,000 per test but not more than the actual cost of the test. You can receive benefits to retake a test if you fail. The number of tests you can take is unlimited, except that you can't receive benefits to retake a test you passed.

Note: Your total months of entitlement to VA education benefits will be reduced each time you use your benefits for licensing and certification. For the Post-9/11 GI Bill in the 2024-2025 academic year, you will be charged one month of GI Bill benefits for each $2,414.18 used.

You may receive this benefit if you're eligible for:

Filing an Application

If you have never filed an application for education benefits, you need to apply online via the VA's website.

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