Success Stories

Following are a collection of Navy COOL success stories—Sailors like yourself who have gone through the process and earned credentials using Navy COOL. Use them as inspiration, and as examples of 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

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“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)

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“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.”

Name: HM3 Paris Epps

Comma nd: Fleet Surgical Team Seven, San Diego, CA

Credentials earned on Navy COOL: NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

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“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)

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“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

Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

Sailor faces camera and smiles while he holds his RPT certificate

“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.”

Name: MMN1 David Platt

Command: Norfolk Navy Shipyard, Nuclear Regional Maintenance Department

Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

Sailor faces camera and smiles while he holds his RPT certificate

“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)

Sailor in uniform wearing latex exam gloves smiles at camera as he stands besides small medical centrifuge sitting on table among test tube racks

“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

Credentials earned on Navy COOL: CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) and CompTIA Security+ ce

Sailor sits at table with a PC screen showing a page from Navy COOL

“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.”

Name: HN Allen

Command: Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL

Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) (NCCA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), and NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

Sailor sits at table looking at a PC screen showing a page from Navy COOL

“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

Credentials earned on Navy COOL: Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) (NCCA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), and NHA-Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NHA-CPT)

Sailor sits at table looking at a PC screen showing a page from Navy COOL

“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)

Sailors sit at table with a PC screen showing a page from Navy COOL

“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)*

Sailor sits at table looking at a PC screen showing a page from Navy COOL

“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