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November 2018 – COOL Success Stories Fourth Edition
Hear from Sailors about COOL Success!
This installment of On the Radar brings the fourth edition of COOL Success Stories—stories about how your shipmates have used Navy COOL to earn credentials and achieve success. These new stories have been also added to the Navy COOL Success Stories page, which you can find in the News and Information section. Use their examples as inspiration, and to see how easy it is to experience credentialing success!
Name: Jason "Jay" Taylor, M.A., SPIPC, PSC, MAC, USN (ret)
Command: Supervisory Security Specialist, Acting Chief, SPeD Program Management Office CDSE, Defense Security Service
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Certifications
“In my opinion, Navy COOL is a great program that can help Sailor's enhance their knowledge and skills by obtaining credentials recognized in the civilian sector. This program has helped me by giving me a path of success as I entered the civilian workforce after retirement. The credentials I earned in Homeland Security and Emergency Management were recognized and helped me to earn a government job in Security Management. The Navy COOL program was very easy to use, surfing the website and challenging the exams was not difficult. Start working on your professional development by obtaining these credentials before you get out. These Navy COOL credentials can be used on your resume and LinkedIn accounts to be recognized by employers. Be sure to prepare yourself by using the skills that you were taught in the Navy and getting a credential so that your skills are transferrable and recognized by the civilian sector. I honestly believe that I would not be in the Security Management field today if I had not taken the time to get credentials through Navy COOL. These credentials have boosted my job opportunities and helped me to land a great government Security Management job.”
Name: AWVC (NAC/AW) Michael Karas
Command: Air Test and Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX 20), Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Security+ ce, CompTIA A+ ce, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 10, and Foreign Object Eliminator (FOE)
“In my opinion Navy COOL is an exceptional program that allows Sailors another option to develop themselves. College programs are not for everyone and Navy COOL is that alternative for motivated Sailors. It gives them the chance to apply their skills and desire for professional development with recognized professional organizations that certify their knowledge and skills. This is not one of those programs where there is a long turn around in making use of it. Navy COOL's voucher request form is easy to fill out, can be emailed in with digital signature from your approving official, and most times you get a response from Navy COOL the same day. Don't take this program as something that can be easily clicked through or gun decked. It takes real effort to undertake the certifications offered and the benefits of being recognized for your expertise will pay dividends both in and out of the Navy. Being a Naval Aircrewman, I normally do not have the opportunity to undertake certifications outside of my rating. Since I have completed a degree program in cyber security, I have been studying for and completing a number of IT certifications that have been funded by Navy COOL. This has been a very important aspect of my career planning for the future so employers know my skill sets from organizations they trust.”
July 2018 – COOL Success Stories Third Edition
Hear from Sailors about COOL Success!
This installment of On the Radar brings the third edition of COOL Success Stories—stories about how your shipmates have used Navy COOL to earn credentials and achieve success. These new stories have been also added to the Navy COOL Success Stories page, which you can find in the News and Information section. Use their examples as inspiration, and to see how easy it is to experience credentialing success!
Name: HM3 Paris Epps
Command: Fleet Surgical Team Seven, San Diego, CA
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)
“I recommend to all my brothers and sisters to use this benefit. Navy COOL is as good as using Tuition Assistance. Having a degree is great but adding certifications to that degree is the icing on the cake. Navy COOL is easy to use, just find a certification related to your rate, prior rate, a completed degree, or collateral duty; complete and submit a voucher request form; then challenge the certification exam.”
Name: CTTC Matthew Wilber
Command: Center of Information Warfare Training Detachment, GoodFellow Air Force Base, TX
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Project Management Professional through Project Management Institute (PMI)
“Navy COOL was exceptionally easy to use. It helped me secure a high paying job as I am transitioning from Naval Service to the private sector. The certifications I earned through Navy COOL were more important and beneficial than my under graduate degree. It is a fantastic program that meets the needs of today’s Sailors.”
Name: HM1 Jona Alvela
Command: Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
“Great program provided by the Navy! It enables us Sailors to get certifications that will help me both in and out of the Navy. The website is easy to navigate and everything is broken down and explained well. I have two certifications so far and will be working on a few more.”
June 2018 – Find In-Demand Occupations
Find Out What Credentials Are In Demand
You likely have already seen the in-demand icon and filter on your rating Summary page. It's a great way to see which of the credentials related to your Navy job are currently in demand in the civilian sector:
New this month, you can view in demand credentials by industry straight from the Find & Select Related Credentials box. Clicking on the In Demand by Industry search item displays an industry list. Select an industry and click Go to view a page showing the in demand credentials for that industry.
New Search Item on Find & Select
"In Demand" means that CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings. This does not mean that other certifications are not in demand, it just indicates that these certifications end up in job announcements more frequently.
May 2018 – Expanded Credentialing Opportunities
The Navy Credentialing Program is Expanding Credentialing Opportunities for Sailors
A new policy update provides an even wider array of opportunities for Sailors to earn civilian certifications and licenses funded through Navy COOL. Expanded opportunities for funding of credentials now include:
New! Opportunities for Cross-Rated Sailors
If you have cross-rated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.
As always, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and certification or license vendors' requirements.
New! Opportunities for Navy Reservists
If you are a Navy Reservist, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.
To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).
In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.
As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.
New! Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training
If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have it funded. For example:
- If you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential
- If you are working on a degree and passed a semester course on Instructional Design and Facilitation, you may be eligible for funding for a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer credential
- If you took Command-provided training in welding, you may be eligible for funding for a Certified Welder credential
The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded. As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.
College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of Command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).
Added May 2017 – Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees or SOC Certificates
Added in May 2017, out of rate requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.
For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
The degree must be entered in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript, the requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.
These expanded opportunities add on to the already available credentialing opportunities based on rating, collateral duty, out-of-rating assignment, or current work in a position to which the credential is mapped. If you have questions about the new opportunities, feel free to contact COOL.
March 2018 – Certifications, Licenses and USMAP Now in Your Electronic Training Jacket!
Certifications, Licenses and USMAP Now in Your Electronic Training Jacket!
Sailors – you can now view your earned civilian certifications, licenses, and USMAP data in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ), Navy Training and Management Planning System (NTMPS), and Fleet Training Management and Planning system (FLTMPS).
Note that you have to submit the relevant completion documents to the Joint Service Transcript (JST) Technology Operations Center before the completions will appear in your ETJ, NTMPS, and FLTMPS.
It takes about 15 days after your submission before the change shows up in your JST. After you log in, the ‘Transcript Update Status’ will let you know when the documents were received and current status.
For instructions on reporting credentialing results, go to the JST Operations Center Correction/Update Procedures page.
For instructions on reporting credentialing results to Navy COOL, see the Step 4: Report Results to Navy COOL page here on COOL.
The image below shows an example of civilian certifications listed in the NTMPS ETJ.
December 2017 – MORE Success Stories
Hear from Sailors about COOL Success!
This installment of On the Radar brings new COOL Success Stories—stories about how your shipmates have used Navy COOL to earn credentials and achieve success. These new stories will be added to the Navy COOL Success Stories page, which you can find in the News and Information section. Use their examples as inspiration, and to see how easy it is to experience credentialing success!
Name: MMN1 David Platt
Command: Norfolk Navy Shipyard, Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)
“Navy COOL helped enable me to obtain a highly sought after Radiation Protection Technologist (RPT) certification. After finding out I was eligible, I found the exam dates and learned that there was an exam scheduled less than a month away. I contacted Navy COOL and they helped me expedite funding the exam and were extremely helpful in aiding me in enrolling for the examination. I studied hard using a wealth of study information provided by the national registry of radiation protection technologists and free electronic sources on Navy COOL. I was very well prepared once the exam came and was able to pass and obtain my certification. I have helped share this knowledge in my work center and have empowered those around me to use Navy COOL and take advantage of the amazing opportunity they have provided.”
Name: HM3 Dezmen Young
Command: Naval Branch Health Clinic, Key West, FL
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Certified Phlebotomist Technologist (CPT)
“To obtain the National Phlebotomy Certification was super easy and straight forward. There was no test involved but there was an experience requirement, so there is no excuse why a Hospital Corpsman shouldn’t have it. It is 100 percent free through Navy COOL and can help in the Navy and for a job outside of the Navy.”
Name: ITCS (IW/SW/AW) John T. Amason III
Command: NATO Communications and Information Systems School, Latina, Italy
“At the encouragement of a mentor, I embarked on attaining a new certification and earned the CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) certification. I'm currently in a Navy billet as an instructor teaching NATO CIS curriculum to NATO and partner nation military and civilian personnel. The CTT+ process itself is two part and Navy COOL funded both. First is passing a written exam relevant to delivering commercial content to students. The second part is practical performance involving submitting a video of yourself while instructing to students using industry standard techniques. As a Navy instructor, and upon retirement, this CTT+ certification shows to the Navy and to potential civilian employers, that I am a marketable asset.”
July 2017 – Expanded Credentialing for New High Year Tenure
Expanded Credentialing for New High Year Tenure (HYT)
Navy COOL continues to supports credential funding for enlisted Sailors retiring with 20 years of Navy service, and now provides expanded credential funding within the new High Year Tenure (HYT) length of service (LOS) gates.
NAVADMIN 143/17 announces updates to the High Year Tenure (HYT) policy of the Navy by amending HYT length of service (LOS) gates.
Effective 1 August 2017, HYT policy is amended to reflect new LOS gates for pay grades E4 through E6 for Active Component (AC) and Full Time Support (FTS) Sailors. Effective 1 August 2017, HYT LOS gates are as follows:
- E4 (AC and FTS): 10 years (from 8 years)
- E5 (AC and FTS): 16 years (from 14 years)
- E6 (AC and FTS): 22 years (from 20 years)
Now, E6 Sailors who have completed over 20 years of Navy service can continue to get credentials funded, even with with less than six months remaining in service. Member must be able to complete all certification requirements 60 calendar days prior to separation from Navy.
REVISED Time of Service Requirements
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 under the following circumstances for Sailors who:
- Are being discharged or released from service due to a combat-related injury.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
May 2017 – Reduction in Time Remaining in Service Eligibility
EAOS Requirement for COOL Eligibility Reduced from One Year to Six Months
The Expiration of Active Obligated Service (EAOS) requirement for Navy COOL eligibility has been reduced to six months. Previously, it was one year. All Time of Service Waivers remain, but have been adjusted to the new six months requirement.
May 2017 – New Academic Degree-Related Credential Eligibility
Pilot Program to Fund Credentials Aligned with Academic Degrees or Certificates
Now there are even more credentialing opportunities for Sailors! Credentialing authority has been expanded to allow out of rate requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or completed Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Career Technical Education (SOC CTE) certificate.
For example, now a Sailor with a degree in Human Resources but serving as a Culinary Specialist can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, and a Sailor holding an SOC CTE Certificate in Supply Chain Management could get funding for the Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) certification, even if they're serving in an unrelated rate.
The degree or SOC CTE certificate must be entered in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript, the requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements. The Navy Credentialing Programs Office is the final authority in determining the relation of degrees and SOC CTE certificates to credentials.
For a current list of qualifying SOC CTE certificate programs, use the SOC CTE certificate search tool.
May 2017 – New Find & Select Features
Find & Select Search Box Updates
You likely by now have noticed that the Find & Select Related Credentials search box has a new look this month. It also has new features, which will make it easier and faster to use.
Let us know what you think of the new functionality, and as always, if you have comments or suggestions, feel free to contact us.
Enlisted and Officer categories now have their own tabs.
New Search Features
In response to user feedback, the search box has a new design to make it more intuitive. Only one drop-down list is in view at a time, to make it clear that searches are performed on one category at a time. Click on a category to open the search drop-down, and click X to close it.
You can now sort and filter the drop-down lists. Instead of having separate drop-downs for listing by code or by title, both are combined in the same drop-down and you can sort by one or the other.
You can now filter the list by typing in the text box above the list. The list will display only items matching the text you enter. Note that some special characters are not allowed as search characters, and you can't paste into the search box.
February 2017 – JCOOL Video
Did You Know About the Other COOLs?
In addition to Navy COOL, the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force also have COOL programs. Check out the video below!
November 2016 – Expanded Funding for E-6 and Above
Navy COOL can now provide credential funding for E-6 and above retiring with 20 years of Navy service.
Now, if you have less than one year remaining in service but will complete 20 years of Navy service (for example, E-6 reaching High Year Tenure or Senior Enlisted retiring at 20 years), Navy COOL can now support your credentialing goals. Eligible Sailors must be able to complete all certification requirements 60 calendar days or greater prior to separation from Navy.
REVISED Time of Service Requirements
Sailors shall have, at a minimum, one year 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 under the following circumstances for Sailors who:
- Are being discharged or released from service due to a combat-related injury.
- Have less than one year 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.
- Have less than one year remaining in service, but will complete 20 years Navy service (e.g. reaching High Year Tenure). Member must be able to complete all certification requirements 60 calendar days prior to separation from Navy.
- 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.
October 2016 – Department of the Navy Civilian COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) Launches
The Department of Navy (DON) is committed to the professional development of its military and civilian personnel. DON Civilian COOL is the next step in the evolution of DON COOL, which focuses on civilian credentialing opportunities for military Service members in the Navy and Marine Corps. The new site is being developed so that civilian personnel can also identify certifications and licenses that provide professional growth opportunities in their career areas.
DON civilians can find both general information on credentialing as well as specific information on credentials related to their individual federal occupational series. Just like the functionality found on Navy COOL and Marine Corps COOL, after searching on a federal occupational series by either code or title, users will get a list of credentials related to most or some of their job duties. Clicking on a credential title in the list provides detailed information about that credential, including its description, eligibility requirements, exam topics, and recertification requirements.
The US Navy Credentials Program Office, Center for Information Warfare Training is developing DON Civilian COOL in phases. The first phase of development was done in partnership with the US Fleet Forces Command (USFFC). For the initial launch, the site includes the 35 federal occupational series in the USFFC. Additional federal occupational series and credential opportunities will be added on a monthly basis, so check back often.
August 2016 – Attention Cyber IT/CSWF Personnel
New Cyber IT/CSWF Management and Qualification Program Has Been Launched
All current Cybersecurity Workforce personnel take note! The new DON Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Program is effective immediately.
SECNAV Manual 5239.2, DON Cyberspace Information Technology and Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Manual has been published. The recently revised SECNAV M-5239.2 is effective immediately and all affected personnel should read it in its entirety. Refer to ALCOM_098-16_CYBERSECURITY_IMPLEMENTATION_POAM.pdf for implementation guidance.
The familiar Cyber IT/CSWF roles of IAT, IAM, IASAE, and CND have been replaced by thirty-six (36) unique Specialty Areas. Cyber IT/CSWF personnel must attain and maintain qualification for their Specialty Area or Specialty Areas (if assigned to more than one). See the new Cyber IT/CSWF section here on Navy COOL for detailed information.
The Cyber IT/CSWF structure differs significantly from the previous Information Assurance workforce structure in that it now is based upon the actual specialties and proficiencies required by the work, not upon the general area and system/network size. The structure also provides the means to move to a more focused qualification regimen.
This revision identifies MAJOR changes to the DON Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) Management and Qualification Program. The revision:
- Updates and clarifies the position and personnel coding process
- Sets qualifications criteria required of personnel identified as "Core" Cyber IT/CSWF
- Establishes program management procedures
- Details the general cybersecurity training required by all DON authorized users
- Adds Appendix 4, Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce Qualification Matrix, to clarify qualification requirements and options
For more information review the Cyberspace Information Technology and Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualification Manual in its entirety.
June 2016 – Blueprint to Mariner
Blueprint to Mariner
If you are Active Duty or Reserve U.S. Navy personnel (Officers or Enlisted), make sure to explore the wide range of exciting post-service career opportunities within the maritime industry. For an overview of maritime opportunities, paths to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) licensing, and Navy COOL funding opportunities, see the new Blueprint to Mariner document.
Although employment in the maritime industry requires licensing from the USCG, enlisted Active Duty & Reserve U.S. Navy personnel in eligible ratings may be able use Navy COOL to fund the licensing fees and exams.
The U.S. Merchant Marine consists of privately-owned, U.S. registered merchant ships and a variety of towing, offshore supply, and passenger vessels which provide waterborne transportation for passengers and cargoes moving in domestic and international commerce.
Primary shipboard employment categories include deep sea, Great Lakes, towing and barges, inland and coastal waters, passenger vessels, and offshore and mineral operations. Other areas of employment in the maritime industry include shipbuilding and repair, longshoring (cargo handling), port terminal administration, and inter-modal logistics.
You can find general information about the maritime industry in the Maritime Careers Brochure and the Maritime Careers Resources Guide. For additional information about career opportunities within the U.S. Merchant Marine industry and the Department of Defense Civilian Mariners (CIVMARS) of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) see the Military to Mariner page maintained by the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the MSC “Who We Are” page.
This Maritime Industry website includes numerous links to maritime companies, schools, and seaports.
March 14 2016 – Advancement Exam Bibliographies
Navy Advancement Bibliographies and Exam Topics/Subtopics
Navy Advancement Bibliographies are now available on COOL!
To access BIBs on COOL:
- On any page, select a rating from the Advancement Exam Bibliographies list in the Find & Select Related Credentials search box, or
- Look in the Advancement Exam Bibliographies section toward the bottom of any Rating Summary page
Advancement Bibliographies (BIBs) are lists of occupational and professional military knowledge references developed to help guide Sailors in their studies for advancement exams. You can access BIBs on COOL in the following ways:
On any page, click "Find" on the side of the page, and in the Enlisted Search section use the "- Advancement Exam Bibliographies -" dropdown. When you click Go, the selected Rating Summary page displays with the Advancement Exam Bibliographies section showing.
An easy way to get to the Advancement Exam Bibliography section on a Rating Summary page is to use the page navigation bar. The bar "sticks" to the top of the window as you scroll, so is always in view.
March 1 2016 – Success Stories
Hear from Sailors about COOL Success!
The March update includes the addition a new page on Navy COOL called "Success Stories," found in the News & Information section. The page features quotes from Sailors describing their experiences using COOL to obtain credentials. The page will be updated with new stories from time to time, so make sure to check back.
Following are the first set of Navy COOL success stories—Sailors like yourself who have taken the initiative and earned credentials using Navy COOL. Use their examples as inspiration, and to see how easy it is to experience credentialing success.
Name: HN Allen
Command: Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL
“The new Navy COOL website flows easier and is more user friendly. Navy COOL helped me pay for three certification exams so far. I was even able to take the certification exams here at Naval Hospital Pensacola.”
Name: HM3 Carroll
Command: Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL
“I had heard of Navy COOL but had not done anything with it. Then my LPO took the time and explained the process and suggested some certifications to try. Everything was easy to apply for through Navy COOL and two weeks later I was testing. I have earned three certifications so far. Once I got the first one, the others just rolled along easily. These certifications will help me both in and out of the Navy.”
Name: HN Leaf
Command: Internal Medicine Clinic, Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL
Credential earned on Navy COOL: Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)
“I found the new Navy COOL website easy to use, well laid out, and the side search functions a great help. I used Navy COOL for the funding and my Navy training from Hospital Corpsman “A” to earn my Patient Care Technician Certification. Additional studying was not even necessary. I will now be after more certifications.”
Name: NCCS(SW/AW) Ryan
Command: Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit, Pensacola, FL
Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Certified in Homeland Security Level I (CHS-I)* and Sensitive Security Information, Certified (SSI)*
“Navy COOL is a phenomenal tool offered to Sailors for credentials and certifications. It personally helped me earn two certifications related to Homeland Security and I am working on a third. I hope the launch of the Navy COOL App on iTunes and Google Play stores will help raise awareness for Sailor’s to take advantage of such a great program.”
*Note: These certifications are not currently funded on COOL
February 2016 – New Navy COOL Mobile App
Sailors can now access several tools and resources found on Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) via their mobile devices with a new Navy COOL application that launched 28 January 2016.
The Navy COOL app is designed to help Sailors, both enlisted and officer, to find information on credentialing, career development, and civilian crosswalks related to their military occupation. It's a bring-your-own device tool designed to work on personal devices outside of the NMCI domain.
Use the following direct links to download the Navy COOL app from the Apple store and Google Play Store at no cost:
Besides credentialing information, the app provides enlisted members with Learning and Development Roadmaps (LaDRs), which are rating-specific online guides that explain in detail what Sailors need to succeed at specific points in their career. Additional app features include snapshots of related civilian occupations and United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) trades, along with generic joint service transcripts associated with each enlisted Navy rating.
Rating Information Cards also provide summary information such as school locations, training time, qualifications and working environment. These and the other features within the app are particularly useful for recruiters and career counselors, especially when they are on the go, as they advise potential recruits and Sailors of professional options available to them.
October 2015 – Welcome to the New COOL!
The US Navy is a modern, cutting-edge force. To best support today's Sailor, COOL must be cutting-edge too. COOL has been completely retooled and revamped to improve your access to the credentialing information that is important to your career. We've built in new features and functionality, such as:
- Responsiveness – the site responds on the fly to your hardware, with purpose-built support for desktops, tablets and phones.
- Interactive credential tables – you now have many more tools at your disposal when looking at credentials related to your Rate, Designator or Collateral Duty. You can apply filters, sort, and search by key words. Once you have your customized list, you can print it and take it with you.
- Reorganized content – All of the supporting information on COOL, from the Credentialing Steps along the top of each page, to the pages you access from the top navigation bar has been redesigned and rewritten to make it easier to understand credentialing and what it means to you. And most importantly, to make it easier for you to understand what you need to do to get a credential.
- Revamped look and feel – It's still COOL, only better. We've made things easier to read, easier to find, and easier to use, whether you're at your desk or on your phone.
Make sure to spend the time to explore your new COOL. Kick the tires, poke around. There is a lot to see and discover. And it's all here to help you become a better, more professional Sailor. Let us know what you think – feel free to leave a comment!
August 2015 – TA DECIDE
TA DECIDE Can Help You Choose a College
TA DECIDE is a dynamic information and comparison tool designed specifically to aid participants of DoD's Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs. The TA DECIDE engine is fueled by more than 10 recognized and trusted data sources from across the departments of Defense, Education and Veterans Affairs.
It provides a first of its kind experience, uniquely tailored to the needs of the TA participant. We hope TA DECIDE provides you with high value, actionable information on educational costs and outcomes to compare educational institutions that you may be considering.
Visit the TA DECIDE website for more information.
July 2015 – Site-Wide Search
New Site-Wide Search
The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed the new site-wide search box in the upper right-hand corner of COOL pages. We have been testing the search functionality, and it is now ready for prime time.
You can now search all of Navy COOL for key words and phrases, using the search box at the upper right of COOL pages:
It works as you'd expect– type in a search word or phrase, and you'll see a page of results, including all occurrences on the COOL site. What you might not expect is that the results are organized into three tabs:
- All – Shows all results
- Military Occupations – Only shows results on COOL Rating Summary pages
- Credentials – Only shows results on COOL Credential Snapshot pages
Now it will be easier than ever to find exactly the credentialing information you're looking for. Happy searching!
April 2015 – Maintaining Credentials
Your Credential May Need Maintenance
Did you know that many certifications & licenses require annual maintenance (fees and/or additional training) to keep them current and valid?
To keep your civilian certification current, you may need to pay an annual or routine maintenance fee and/or complete a minimum number of related continuing education activities (such as attend conferences, participate in courses or training, earn additional certifications, read books or guides, etc.). These activities may be referred to as Continuing Education Units (CEU's), Continuing Maintenance Units (CMU's), or something similar. If you do not maintain your credential per the certification agency's guidance, your credential may expire. At that point you might have to re-take the credentialing exam and pay any fees due to be able to recertify.
The good news is that the Credentialing Program Office/Navy COOL office will pay continuing education and/or maintenance fees for all eligible Navy Enlisted members and select Navy Officers and DON Civilians currently holding commercial certifications. All personnel must meet the eligibility requirements for funding, and the credential in question must be listed on your rating or occupation page on Navy COOL. Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) personnel can also request maintenance fee funding for required certifications that align to their Cyber IT/CSWF position.
Credential maintenance may be required for a Navy-specific position or initial/continued employment as a civilian—keeping your credentials up to date is as important as earning them in the first place. Is your certification continuing education up to date? If you are not sure, contact us and we'll help you identify the requirements. Contact Navy COOL at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 452-6345/6272/6289.
Some examples of certifications that require annual maintenance (not a complete list):
- ABCHS Certified in Homeland Security – requires 30 CEUs over a three-year period
- CompTIA A+ ce – requires 20 CEUs over a 3-year period + $25.00 due annually
- CompTIA Security+ – requires 50 CEUs over a 3-year period + $49.00 due annually
- (ISC)2 CISSP – requires 120 CPE credits over a 3-year period (40/year) + $85.00 due annually
- GIAC certifications – require 36 CPE credits over a 4-year period + $399.00 due once every four years
Following are some common questions related to continuing education units (CEUs):
1. What are Continuing Education Units?
A CEU is a unit of credit equal up to 10 hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certifications or licenses. In most cases CEU's are used to maintain certification requirements relevant to the field in which the certification applies.
2. Why Complete CEUs?
Many certifying agencies and certain professions require that practitioners earn a specific number of CEUs per year to ensure that they are up-to-date with current practices in their field. Proof of credits earned is necessary to renew a certification or license. The number of credits required varies by certifying agencies, industry and state. Please check with the certifying agency for CEU requirements for your certification.
3. How to earn CEUs?
CEUs can be earned by attending conferences, completing online courses, completing a college course, passing a related certification exam, attending various certifying agency events and writing a paper or journal article relevant to certification. In most cases training must meet the requirements of the certifying agency; most certifying agencies will have a listing of recommended CEU training located on their website under the general heading of something similar to 'Maintaining Your Certification.'
4. How to document classified or sensitive experience, activities or training for CEU consideration?
Certifying agencies often require Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as part of certification renewal requirements. DON members may have experiences, activities or training which may be considered classified or sensitive in nature, and therefore CANNOT be submitted.
In those situations, an UNCLASSIFIED Command Letter may be used to document and submit the information, in lieu of direct documentation. The UNCLASSIFIED Command Letter must summarize the basic information needed, WITHOUT any classified or sensitive information.
The Command Letter must be signed by the Commanding Officer, or a senior official within the Command who has By Direction authority, in addition to being reviewed by the Command Special/Security Officer PRIOR to submission.
NOTE: A SEPARATE letter is required for EACH item/event to be submitted. You may NOT submit one letter to cover multiple items.
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5. How to request funding for CE/Maintenance fees?
You can request continuing education and/or maintenance fees by using the Navy COOL voucher request form, which you can download from the Navy COOL website. Click on "Apply for Exam Voucher" at the top of any Navy COOL page. [Note: In "PART 3" of the voucher request form please include your certification/license identification number so we can make payment based on the cert ID Number]. Submit/route the voucher request form just like you would if submitting for funding of a credentialing exam.