Military COOL- Military Skills to Civilian Professional Licenses

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.




Marine Corps






Navy Seal, link to Navy Credentialing

Navy Civilian COOL



Air Force Seal

Air Force COOL


Texas Military Department Seal with link to TMD Credentialing

Texas Military Department COOL

Air Force
Coast Guard
Air & Army National Guard
Career Phase: 
VA Disability Rating Requirement: 
No Disability Requirement
Discharges Allowed: 
No Minimum Discharge