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Navy to fund professional credentialing exams for Sailor.

Sailors pursuing occupational credentials can now receive funding to pay for approved credentialing exams, according to NAVADMIN 293/07, released Nov. 2.

By using Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line), Sailors can see how they can earn civilian certifications and licenses based on their ratings and jobs.

The Navy is funding approximately 14,000-16,000 credentials this year. The Navy may issue a pre-paid voucher or reimburse costs associated with credential exams, as well as renewal and maintenance fees, provided funding is available. Some occupations have certain professional and technical standards. The process of meeting these standards and earning official recognition (in the form of credentials--licenses or certificates) is called credentialing.

The Navy's credential program is designed to further develop the personal and professional capability of the total Navy force, thus enhancing force readiness. Credentialing offers new non-traditional training to enhance individual's capabilities and improve force readiness through workforce initiatives.

Currently, more than 1,500 occupational credentials have been identified as having a strong correlation with Navy jobs that qualify them for exam funding.

The program is being administered on a first come, first served basis, with funds being released each quarter of the fiscal year. This will ensure availability of funds during the latter part of the year for Sailors who were not able to participate earlier due to deployments or other constraints.

Credentialing is important for several reasons; federal, state, or local law may require specific credentials to legally perform some jobs; employers may choose to hire only employees who have certain credentials, or to pay those employees more; credentials may improve an employee's prospects for promotion; credentialed service members demonstrate to prospective civilian employers that their skills are on par with their civilian peers; and civilian credentialing can contribute to military career development and may be accepted for self-development requirements and in performance evaluations.

For more information, log on to Navy COOL at Navy funding information is available on the Costs and Resources page.

By ENS Jan Shultis, Center for Information Dominence, Public Affairs Officer
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Author:Shultis, Jan
Publication:Navy Supply Corps Newsletter
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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