NEW! Credentialing Assistance Program

The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program provides funding for courses and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential. The CA Program launched with a Limited User Test (LUT) that offers certificates in industries such as IT, Logistics, Management, Medical, and Trade Skills. The training and/or exams must be completed no later than 30 Sep 2019. 

       Credentialing Assistance Application Procedures:

  1. Schedule an appointment (telephone or in-person) with a TXARNG Education Counselor: IAW with the CA policy, an Army Education Counselor will assist you with developing a credentialing plan and review your CA application packet before submission. Request Appointment: ng.tx.txarng.mbx.education@mail.mil or (512) 782-5515 Monday-Friday 0800-1600
  2. Review Credentialing Application Checklist: This document provides the required steps to complete the application process. 
  3. Complete the Credentialing Assistance application that includes the Pathway Plan and Cost Details: The CA application is required for each course and/or exam. 
  4. Read and sign the Credentialing Assistance SOU: The CA Statement of Understanding (SOU) is required with each CA course and exam.

Frequently Requested Forms:

** CA APPLICATION PACKET EXAMPLE: Completed CA application packet **

 Exam Preparation and Training: Explore exam training and prep options

 CA Home School/Degree Plan: Select CA home school & degree plan in GoArmyEd

 How to submit Help Desk Ticket: Steps on how to submit completed application

 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


Credentialing Assistance Limited User Test (LUT) :
The Army Credentialing Assistance Program launched with a Limited User Test (LUT) that offers over 1600+ Certificates to choose from using the Army Cool website. The training and/or exams must be completed no later than 30 Sep 2019. The CA Program is projected to expand Army-wide in late 2019. 

Credentialing Options:

  • Credentials related to a MOS, as long as they are not a MOS requirement
  • Credentials related to an academic degree or certificate
  • Credentials aligned to a civilian career field

Read the New CA Policy: Learn more about the Army Credentialing Assistance Program

CA Limited User Test (LUT) Qualification:

  • The Limited User Test (LUT) is restricted to:
    • Regular Army (Active Duty) Soldiers stationed on Fort Hood
    • Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) Soldiers stationed in Texas (Title 10 & 32)
    • Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) and TX USAR Soldiers in actively drilling status with satisfactory participant designation - must reside in TX.
    • Soldiers must meet basic Federal TA eligibility.

Limited User Test (LUT) Ineligibility :

  • Regular Army (Active Duty) Soldiers stationed on Fort Hood
  • Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) Soldiers stationed in Texas (Title 10 & 32)
  • Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) and TX USAR Soldiers in actively drilling status with satisfactory participant designation - must reside in Texas.
  • Participating Soldiers must meet basic Federal TA eligibility.
     

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

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

 

All Credentialing  Assistance (CA) request are processed through GoArmyEd (GAE).   You may set-up or update your GoArmyEd account from any internet ready computer (Common Access Card not required). Follow the steps below to create your GoArmyEd Account.

Step 1 : Request a counseling appointment (phone/in-person) with a TXARNG Education Counselor

Schedule an appointment (telephone or in-person) with a TXARNG Education Counselor: IAW with the CA policy, an Army Education Counselor with assist you with developing a credentialing plan and review your application packet before submission. Request Appointment: ng.tx.txarng.mbx.education@mail.mil

Step 2: Set-up GoArmyEd Account at www.goarmyed.com

  • Log in to www.GoArmyEd.com using your username and password or your Common Access Card (CAC)
  • Select “Create/Activate Account”
  • Complete the required information
  • Select the “Request TA Access” smart link; GAE will perform an automatic verification of FTA eligibility 
  • View the “Welcome to VIA” video 
  • Select a career goal
  • Select the Credentialing Assistance Degree Plan:  "Credential School”
  • Select the Credentialing Assistance Home School: "Credentialing Pathway"
  • Submit the request for approval; an Army Education Counselor will activate your FTA-eligible access to GoArmyEd 
  • A counselor will email you when your request has been approved and you are eligible to request CA

Download instructions on how to select the CA homeschool and degree plan in GoArmyEd

Step 3: Download your Credentialing Assistance application forms (CA main page)

Tip: Is your GoArmyEd account on hold? Visit the GoArmyEd Assistance Center for steps on how to resolve your hold. 
 

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: No. Under current guidance, there is no Active Duty or Reserve Duty Service Obligation for those participating in the Limited User Test (LUT). All Soldiers must be able to complete the training or exam before your PCS or ETS date.  All training and exams must be completed before September 30 SEP 2019.

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.