Checking Your Eligibility

A Voucher Eligibility Tool can be found near the top of any page by clicking on Step 2 "Complete Voucher and Apply."

To be eligible for a certification or license voucher:

  • Enlisted Sailors must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
    1. Be in the appropriate rating or collateral duty/out of rate assignment to which the credential is mapped.
    2. Be currently working in, or have been assigned to, a position to which the credential is mapped.
    3. Have prior documented experience in a position to which the credential is mapped for credentials outside of their specific rating, and the credential has relevance or applicability to the current or future needs of the command or the Navy.
    4. Credential being sought is substantially related to an earned academic degree or Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Career Technical Education (SOC CTE) certificate (for example, a degree in Human Resources relates to the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification; SOC CTE Certificate in Supply Chain Management relates to the Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) certification).
  • A Sailor's eligibility for credentials must be validated and approved by their Commanding Officer or command-designated approving official (E-7 or above). Additionally, before authorizing the request, commands must also certify that Sailors:
    1. Have passed their most recent advancement exam.
    2. Have passed, or been medically waived from, their most recent physical fitness assessment.
    3. Have not received a judicial or court-martial punishment within the past 6 months.
    4. Have been recommended for promotion or advancement on their most recent performance evaluation.
  • Sailors shall have, at a minimum, six months or more remaining on their enlistment or military service obligation at the time they receive the certification for which they receive funding. Waivers will be considered by the Navy Credentials Program Office (EXCEPT FOR CYBERSPACE IT/CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE) under the following circumstances for Sailors who:
    1. Are being discharged or released from service due to a combat-related injury.
    2. Have less than six months remaining in service, but have already completed a minimum of 20 years Navy service. Member must be able to complete all certification requirements 60 calendar days prior to separation from Navy.
    3. Have less than six months remaining in service, but will complete 20 years Navy service (e.g. retiring at 20 years). Member must be able to complete all certification requirements 60 calendar days prior to separation from Navy.
    4. Are fully eligible and intend to reenlist or extend, but are awaiting execution of reenlistment or extension (i.e., pending service reenlistment bonus timeframes). Waiver package must include OPNAV 1500/57 Navy Credentialing Program Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request and a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 Administrative Remarks noting Sailor is fully reenlistment or extension eligible (not pending administrative separation, medical board, selection board, etc.) and Sailor's intention to extend or reenlist.
  • Note: Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) Enlisted Sailors must have a minimum of 6 months remaining on their enlistment or military service obligation to receive credential funding. Waivers will not be considered. All Officers and Civilians shall have a minimum of 1 year service obligation to qualify for credential funding.

    The only waiver allowed for Cyber IT/CSWF is intent to reenlist or extend, but are awaiting execution of reenlistment or extension (i.e. pending service reenlistment bonus timeframes). Waiver package must include a Navy Credentialing Program Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request and a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 Administrative Remarks noting the Sailor’s intention to extend or reenlist.

Officers may also be eligible for a certification or license voucher, should funding become available, by meeting one of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Hold the appropriate designator, be in the collateral duty/out of rate assignment, or be working in a position to which the credential is mapped.
  2. Currently work in, have orders to, or be assigned to a position in which a subspecialty code has the credential mapped.
  3. Have prior documented experience in a position to which the credential is mapped for credentials outside of their specific designator, and the credential has relevance or applicability to the current or future needs of the command or the Navy.

Note: The command's local approving official for VOLUNTARY credentialing exams is the Commanding Officer (but may be delegated to Dept Head, Division Officer, or Command-designated E7 and above). The command's local approving official for MANDATORY Cyber IT/CSWF credentialing exams is the Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce Program Manager (Cyber IT/CSWF-PM).

The approving official must locally validate that the member has documented competency or experience in the position to which the credential is tied (for example, Evaluation, Fitness Report, Personnel Qualification System (PQS), counseling sheet, formal course completion, etc.). The Navy's Credentials Program Office may request competency and experience documentation.

IMPORTANT NOTE – If the Navy’s Credentials Program is expected to fund the credentialing exam – under no circumstances shall the member (or member’s command/organization) register, take, participate in, schedule, or otherwise obligate the member or government in any Navy-funded credentialing program or exam without completed and confirmed funding from the Navy’s Credentials Program Office.