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Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)


In an effort to assist service members with obtaining industry certifications and licensures relative to their Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC), the Air Force now offers a pathway to credentialing.  For service members working in specialized career fields, obtaining a professional certification assist with promotion and can open doors to immediate employment upon leaving the armed services.

Who is Eligible to use the COOL Program?

  • All enlisted airman serving on active duty, Reserves and National Guard components
  • Must possess a 5 skill level AFSC code
  • Must be on active duty for the completion of the entire certification/licensure
  • Requires approval from direct supervisor
  • E-7 through E-9 are eligible for leadership and management level certifications/licensures

Paying for Your Credential

There is a cost associated with obtaining a certification and/or licensure.  In addition to the fees assessed by the respective credentialing body, exam preparation and training may be required.  The Air Force will cover up to $4,500 per airman for approved certification training, exams, books, study materials, recertification and prep courses.

Process to Apply for AF COOL

Access the AF COOL homepage and match your AFSC with the corresponding credential.  Once you have located the appropriate credential, notification will be sent to your supervisor for review.  Begin preparing your funding request, which will include reviewing the exam, gap analysis and certification/licensure’s requirements.  Upload all required documentation, and finalize the “funding request” process. 

Once your supervisor has approved the funding request, notification will be sent to the AF COOL office for payment.

For additional information on the AF COOL program, please visit the following website


COOL Certifications Training Programs at Thomas University

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Cyber/IT:  All training programs listed below are aligned with the Department of Defense Directive 8140 (DoDD 8140 replaced 8570)

  • CompTIA Network +
  • CompTIA Security +
  • CompTIA A +
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)


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