Information for Credentialing Organizations

Credentialing Organizations

If you are a representative of a credentialing organization interested in learning more about how credentialing applies to the military and the role you can play to facilitate credentialing of Service members, look here for more information.

About Military Credentialing

The military uses “credentialing” to refer to civilian occupational licensing, certification, and apprenticeship.

  • Ninety-nine percent of military occupations have a related civilian credential.
  • For some military occupations, credentialing is mandatory – that is, Service members are required to attain a civilian credential (e.g., cyber security and healthcare).
  • All of the Military Services promote professional development through voluntary credentialing.
  • All Military Services pay for voluntary credentials related to the Service member’s military occupation.

  • The military is a microcosm of the civilian workforce and has a wide variety of occupations with related civilian credentials.
  • To get a sense of the variety of credentials that have been linked to Marine Corps occupations, use COOL’s Navigator feature (compass icon in upper right corner).

Three scenarios describe the extent to which military training and experience is aligned with civilian credential requirements.

Alignment Between Military Training and Civilian Credential Exam Objectives

Credentials Included and Funded Through COOL

  • Credentials included on COOL are analyzed carefully and must be relevant to a military occupation and meet COOL standards.
  • Credentials already on COOL are reviewed on an ongoing basis to determine whether they remain relevant and continue to meet the standards.

The Marine Corps has a voucher program that will pay for eligible credentialing exams, recertification fees, and maintenance fees. It does NOT fund for training, study materials, or exam preparation materials. In general, the Marine Corps will pay for credentialing exam fees under the following circumstances:

  • The credential has been approved for Marine Corps funding
  • The Marine meets Marine Corps and credentialing agency eligibility requirements
  • The credential:
    • is appropriate to their MOS or collateral duty/out of billet MOS
    • is validated by their Commanding Officer or Command Approving Official E7 or above
  • The Marine has a minimum of six months remaining on their enlistment at the time the credential is awarded

  • Use COOL’s Credential Search page to determine whether your organization’s credentials are already on COOL.
  • If you find your credentials, click on the credential title to view the Credential Snapshot page that shows the information we have collected on that credential. Contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Facilitating Credentialing of Service Members and Veterans

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), through the GI Bill, provides eligible Service members and Veterans financial assistance with licensing and certification.
  • If your organization wants to be approved so that Service members and Veterans may receive reimbursement for exam fees, you need to seek approval from the State Approving Agency for the State where the headquarters of your organization is located.
  • Use the links below for more information:

Credentialing agencies can do their part to help our Service members and Veterans attain civilian credentials. Some of the key practices credentialing agencies might adopt include:

Promotional Materials and Downloadable Content

Marine Corps COOL has available a variety of downloadable promotional materials and information to help you understand, promote and present Marine Corps COOL. There are posters, a ready-made Credentialing Overview presentation and other handy graphics and information. Go to the COOL COOL Downloads page to see what is available.

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Updated: January 8, 2020