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Army COOL (Credentialing Opportunities Online)


In an effort to assist service members with obtaining industry certifications and licensures relative to their Military Occupation Specialties, the Army 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?

  • Active Duty service members
  • National Guard and Reserve service members

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.  In some cases, fees and training cost can be covered by Army Tuition Assistance or the GI Bill

  • Certification Preparation and Training: Please note, tuition assistance will not cover study materials, non-college degree programs, membership and application fees, CEUs, or recertification and exam fees.  If the training is included in your degree program, tuition assistance will cover the cost.  For additional information, please visit the following link

GI Bill:  The GI Bill covers licensing and certification, as well as supplemental education and training.  The GI Bill will reimburse $2000 per exam, CEUs and fees for retesting.  For additional information on how to use your GI Bill to cover licensing and certification, please visit the following link

COOL Certifications Training Programs at Thomas University

Project Management Professional (PMP)

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 +
  • CISM
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Questions?  Please contact us at or toll free at 844-862-6978.


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