Getting a Credential in Four Steps

COOL plays a role in a four-step credentialing process, but some steps require you to reach out to the credentialing agency or exam vendor. The four basic steps are described below.

Functions taking place on this website

Step 1 - Search and Select Credentials

Step 1 - Find & Select Related Credentials

Search by Federal Occupation Series

Use COOL’s Find feature to see how your federal occupational duties match up with civilian credential requirements. It's easy to use and you can search by federal occupational series code or title.

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Step 2 - Apply for a Voucher

Step 2 - Learn About Credential Requirements

Once you have selected a credential, learn about its requirements.

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Actions taken on other systems and via other means

Step 3 - Take the Exam

Step 3 - Learn About Available Resources

Most credentials have fees associated with them. Learn about resources that can help you pay them.

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Step 4 - Report your Results

Step 4 - Apply for and Take Exam

DON Civilian COOL is not a credentialing organization. You do not sign up for or take exams using 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.

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