United States Department of Defense - Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

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Description of ServiceThe Department of Defense Army COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Army Soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs). COOL explains how Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started.

COOL is a resource for soldiers who want to know what civilian credentials relate to their MOS and how to obtain them. Education, Career and Transition Counselors provide guidance on education, professional growth, and career requirements and opportunities.

COOL contains a variety of information about credentialing and licensing. COOL can be used to:
  • Get background information about civilian licensure and certification in general and specific information on individual credentials including eligibility requirements and resources to prepare for a credentialing exam.
  • Identify licenses and certifications relevant to Army MOSs for enlisted soldiers and Warrant Officers.
  • Learn how to fill gaps between Army training and experience and civilian credentialing requirements.
  • Learn about resources available to Soldiers that can help them gain civilian job credentials.
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.
Geographical AreaUnited States - includes all Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
Intake ProcedureVisit website and search to find the credentials related to your MOS, learn about credential requirements.
Intake RequirementsOnce you have selected a credential, reviewed any requirements, and obtained any additional training or experience needed, you are ready to apply for and take the credentialing exam. Follow the credentialing boards' application procedures which often include:
  • Submitting an application,
  • Submitting documentation of military training and experience,
  • Taking an exam,
  • Possibly paying application and exam fees.
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
EligibilityActive or veteran Army service members.
Contact Information
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Web Address https://www.cool.army.mil/index.htm
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: United States Department of Defense
Affiliated Program: United States Department of Defense
This Service: United States Department of Defense - Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Army Personnel (YN-0500.0500)
Credentialing Program Evaluation (TP-1850.1700)
Employment (ND)
Veteran Employment Programs (ND-6500.9200)
Veterans (YN-9000)