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The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program provides funding for training and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential. Soldiers can choose from over 1700 credentials listed in Army COOL. Credentials do not have to be linked to the Soldier's MOS!



Credentialing Assistance Flyer- Learn about eligibility and how the program works.     



Choose from popular credentials like:

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Certified Logistics Associate (CLA)

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)



Commercial Driver License

Click here to search for more credentials: ArmyCOOL

Frequently Requested Forms:

 Exam Preparation and Training: Explore exam training and prep options

 Directory of FREE Credentialing Courses: eArmy Learning course directory

 FREE Credentialing Courses Quick Start Guide: eArmy Learning exam prep/training

 CA Policy: Learn more about the Army Credentialing Assistance Program

Click to read the new CA policy here

CA provides up to $4,000/per FY to complete as many credentials as desired.

Soldiers may use both Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed $4,000 per FY.

CA can be used for any credential listed on Army COOL: https://www.cool.osd.mil/.

CA will pay expenses for classroom, hands-on, online/blended training and associated materials to include: manuals, study guides, textbooks, processing fees, test fees, related fees for continuing education requirements, and recertification of credentials.

Soldiers may request reimbursement from VA using their GI Bill benefits to pay for exams only. o Important! Soldiers may only request reimbursement from VA if CA is not used to pay for the exam. The combined use of CA and VA benefits to pay for an exam is a duplication of benefits and is subject to recoupment.

Credentialing Assistance provides funding for courses, training and/or exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential. 

  • Soldiers may combine Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) and Army Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed $4000 per Fiscal Year (FY).
  • Credentialing Assistance is not authorized for mandated MOS related credentials.
  • Credentialing Assistance will pay for credentialing (certification and recertification) related expense such as:
    • Manuals
    • Study guides
    • Textbooks
    • Processing Fees
    • Exam fees
    • Training

Army eLearning: Use Army eLearning and Save Money
Army eLearning offers over 3,500 web-based courses in Information Technology, Business, Leadership and Personal Development to include many of the credentials offered for the Limited User Test (LUT).  Visit Army eLearning and download your study guide at no charge then use Credentialing Assistance to pay for your exam! Army eLearning Courses:

  • Six Sigma Green, Black, and Yellow Certification
  • Project Management (CAPM and PMP)
  • Human Resource Certifications (PHR, SPHR, SHRM)
  • COMP TIA, ADOBE, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Cisco
  • Free Test Prep
  • and More!

Download Army eLearning Instructions


Q: When can I start applying for the Credentialing Assistance Program?

A: TXARNG Soldiers may begin submitting CA applications in October 2018.  

Q: Will I incur an Active Duty or Reserve Duty Service Obligation (ADSO/RDS)?

A: Officers will incur 2/4 year service obligation (SO) depending on status; will not incur SO for testing/ recertification

Q: I am currently using Federal TA (FTA).  May I combine Federal TA and CA?

A: Yes. Soldiers are authorized to combine FTA and CA not to exceed $4000/FY for combined use.

Q: Does Federal TA pay for books and fees since Credentialing Assistance pays for books and fees?

A: No. Under current policy, Federal TA may only be used toward tuition (no fees/books).  Credentialing Assistance may be used toward the cost of the credentialing courses, exams, and credentialing related books, fees, study guides, etc. 


Download these presentations from approved training providers to learn more about credentials and how you can complete them.

Project Management Professional (PMP)- University of Texas at Austin, Mr. David Berlad

CompTIA- Netcom Learning, Teresa Everhart and Diana Edwards

EMT License- EMTS Academy, Matt Nealand

Private Pilot License- Kachemak Bay Flying Service, Gary Chambless

Certified Personal Trainer- American College of Sports Medicine

Certified Personal Trainer- National Academy of Sports Medicine


All CA requests are done through


Credentialing Assistance Guides

Soldier CA Policy, Army COOL Navigation, and CA Goals Steps

Soldier CA Request Submission Steps

Soldier CA Withdrawal, Extension, Vendor Request Steps


Approved Vendors List

A new vendor's list is available every 1st of the month.

Click HERE and select the latest approved vendor's list.

TXARNG and UT Partnership

Are you interested in taking advantage of the credentialing assistance partnership between University of Texas-Extended and the Texas Military Department? Please click to learn more about on base and distance learning opportunities.

TXARNG Credentialing Assistance Opportunities