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Exploring the U.S. Army’s Online Tool for Credentials

Aug 3, 2016

Have you made a decision on a career path? If so, congratulations on an important first step in your professional journey! Now is the time to determine what additional steps you need to take to achieve your goals.

For this purpose, the U.S. Army created an online tool called Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL). COOL provides a roadmap to the licenses and certifications you need to get started on several different career paths, complete with links to other valuable resources.

Although COOL was designed to help Army Soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), it also can provide guidance for non-service members or civilians considering a career in the military. 

COOL can be used to:

• Get background information about licenses and certifications to perform specific job functions.
• Learn specific information on individual credentials, including eligibility requirements and resources to prepare for related exams.
• Discover how to fill gaps between Army training and experience and civilian credentialing requirements.
• Explore resources available to Soldiers that can help gain civilian job credentials after leaving the Army.

Are you a high school senior considering a career as a Physical Therapist? A quick search on COOL can help you figure out a route to that career path. If you’re also considering Army service, COOL is a useful platform to explore how relevant experience in the Army can prepare you for a civilian career in physical therapy after completing your service.

For example, if you serve as a 68F Physical Therapy Specialist in the Army, you could take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) to transition to a civilian career. Additionally, you can see on COOL that the exam is eligible for the “GI Bill,” which simply means the Army can pay for it on a Soldier’s behalf.

Regardless of your personal career path, COOL can provide guidance on education, professional growth, and career requirements for many different fields. For more information, explore the COOL website:

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