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Getting a Credential in Four Steps

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COOL plays a role in a four-step credentialing process, but some steps require you to reach out to the credentialing agency or exam vendor. The four basic steps are shown across the top of every page and this section provides additional information on each step. You should review this carefully to understand the entire process.

Step 1: Find & Select Related Credentials

Use COOL’s Find feature to see how your Navy training and experience match up with civilian credential requirements. It’s easy to use and you can search in lots of different ways: by rating, designator, and collateral duties or out-of-rate assignments.
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Step 2: Complete Voucher for Exam or Maintenance Fee Funding and Apply

Once you have selected the credentialing exam or maintenance fee you would like funded and confirmed your eligibility for the funding, you’re ready to complete your voucher request and apply for the credential funding you need.
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Step 3: Get Credential

Navy COOL is not a credentialing organization. You do not sign up for or take exams from Navy COOL. Once you get a voucher, you will need to contact the credentialing organization or test vendor to schedule and take the exam.
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Step 4: Report Results to Navy COOL

Once you’ve taken the appropriate exams or have met requirements for re-certification, you are ready to report your results to COOL and other agencies, whether you passed or failed.

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Finding Test Site Options

Option 1:

Military Base: Most military bases have a Testing Services Center for Service men and women to take national certification exams. If you are still on base we recommend that you utilize this service because they are set up for administering certification exams with proctors.

Option 2:

Naval Hospital: If you are a Hospital Corpsman and working at one of the Naval Hospitals, it is common for one of your supervisors to administer and proctor the AMCA National Certification Exam in an office or classroom at the hospital.

Option 3:
Live Remote Proctoring: If you have already transitioned out and are no longer near a Naval base, Live Remote Proctoring is your best option to test in the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more about Live Remote Proctoring.


Test must be completed within 60 days from receiving approval and exam results must be reported to!!! This is Your Responsibility.
Test retakes will NOT be funded by Navy COOL.


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