Step 3: Get a Credential
It is important to note that Navy COOL is not a credentialing organization—you do not sign up for or take exams from Navy COOL. Once you have an approved exam voucher, you are responsible for contacting a credential exam test center (i.e. Pearson VUE, Prometric, etc…) to schedule the exam. You must schedule and take your exam within 60 days of issue of the Navy-funded voucher or the voucher expires (unless specifically coordinated with the Navy's Credentials Program Office).
You can learn how, when, and where exams are offered from the Testing Info tab found on some Credential Snapshot pages. (Snapshot pages only display tabs for which there is content; if there is no content available for a particular tab, that tab will not display.)
View the Testing Info tab by selecting a credential on a Summary page, which displays the Snapshot page for the credential. If it is present, select the Exam tab. Additional tabs display, including Testing Info if it is present. The "Testing Info" tab describes how testing is handled for the credential and includes links to the testing centers and additional information.
The following is a list of test vendors that may be included. Navy COOL does not endorse any of the following vendors, but lists them on the site for your convenience.
- ISO-Quality Testing, Inc.
- Pearson Vue (off-base testing)
- Pearson Vue (military on-base testing)
- Professional Testing Corporation
- Scantron (formerly Castle Worldwide)
Once you have taken the exam and received your results, go to Step 4: Report Results.