I have some time left before I leave the Marine Corps. What should I do about credentialing? Are you in this situation? You’ve heard that civilian credentialing can help make your transition smoother, but you haven’t pursued any credentialing yet.
Now may be the time to get started. Credentials supply documented proof of your ability to perform in a certifiable career field. They help develop a more diversely skilled workforce, broaden professional development, and validate professional knowledge and skills gained through experience, technical education and training.
It is a good idea to identify what credentials you need as soon as possible before transitioning, because obtaining a credential may take some time. Ideally, you'll have your credentials in hand by the time you leave the service.
Not sure if you need credentials? Consider these five scenarios:
If you are in this situation, you may experience a period of unemployment or underemployment until you are able to meet the requirements. See the Marine Corps Credentialing On-Line (COOL) Costs and Funding page to learn about available resources.
Be aware that there are time of service requirements you must meet before you can get a voucher for a credential exam payment through Marine Corps COOL. If this is your situation, don’t give up! You Can get civilian credentials. The Department of Veterans Affairs may be able to help you pay for your credentials.
Still searching for more in-depth assistance regarding credentialing? Check out Marine Corps Credentialing On-Line (COOL) and MARADMIN 550/13 and contact your installation’s Voluntary Education or Transition Readiness staff.
Last week, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, known as the “Forever G.I. Bill,” was signed into law. Check out some of the specifics per the Department of Veterans Affairs below:
You keep hearing about credentials. What are they, and why do they matter to you?
Are you thinking of getting a college degree? With your military training and experience you may already be part way there.