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 shown across the top of every page and this section provides additional information on each step. You should review this carefully to understand the entire process.
Functions taking place on this website
Step 1 - Find & Select Related Credentials
Step 2 - Complete Voucher for Exam or Maintenance Fee Funding and Apply
Once you have selected the credentialing exam or maintenance fee you would like funded and confirmed your eligibility for the funding, you're ready to complete your voucher request and apply for the credential funding you need.
Actions taken on other systems and via other means
Step 3 - Get Credential
Navy COOL is not a credentialing organization. You do not sign up for or take exams from Navy COOL. Once you get a voucher, you will need to contact the credentialing organization or test vendor to schedule and take the exam.
Step 4 - Report Results to Navy COOL
Once you’ve taken the appropriate exams or have met requirements for recertification, you are ready to report your results to COOL and other agencies, whether you passed or failed.