What is COOL?
COOL programs turn your military experience and training into civilian work credentials.
COOL helps you get a civilian job with the skills you already have.
Many civilian jobs have certain professional and technical standards. Obtaining credentials – certifications and licenses – shows that you meet these standards. For example, a welder can show his welding certifications to an employer to document that he has specific skills and knowledge. In the civilian world, credentials may be required for a job, or can make you much more likely to be hired for a job.
Find Your Service's Credentialing/COOL Program
All Services have recognized the important role that occupational credentials can play in professionalizing the Force and in enhancing a Service member’s ability to transition to the civilian workforce upon completion of military service.
Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) programs can help you navigate through the various civilian credentialing opportunities that are available for your military occupational specialty. Service COOL websites provide a one-stop for you to explore credentials recognized by the civilian community that can enhance your current performance in your job as well help prepare for civilian employment.