Get $4,500 through Air Force COOL



As an Enlisted Airman,
YOU are Eligible for up to $4,500

The Air Force Credentialing Opportunity On Line (COOL) program provides up to $4,500 in funding to enlisted RegAF, AFRES, and ANG component members for courses and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential. Senior NCOs (E-7 through E-9) may also be eligible for leadership and management credentials. This voluntary program allows enlisted airmen to pursue civilian credentials, licenses, and certifications to enhance skills in an area within their control/duty AFSC.



35+ APPROVED Courses and Exams

Our programs approved by HRC ACES align with Air Force COOL high demand occupations and are aimed at some of the most sought-after credentials in the workplace today. Approved courses include programs in Technology, Business, Healthcare, and more. Course flyers show what each program offers, as well as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data for job growth potential and average starting salary. Download approved AF COOL course flyers from the links below.

All Approved AF COOL Courses and Exams Flyer





This training gave me an understanding of all the career opportunities there are in the industry while earning two certifications.

Shawn S., ProTrain Graduate U.S. Military



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Airmen with questions about the AF COOL program and enrollment can call 1 (866) 316-6911 or email We are here to help you further your career.

I gained all the skills and knowledge I needed to successfully transition from my military career to a new civilian career in just a few weeks. I was offered a job before I had graduated.

Austin M., ProTrain Graduate U.S. Military



Credentialing for CAREER ADVANCEMENT

It is important while serving in the Air Force, and for a smooth transition into civilian employment once a military career has ended. Credentials, which come with a certificate, license or certification, combine military training and experience into opportunities that improve Air Force readiness, enhance career advancement, and provide Airmen with skills that translate into civilian occupations.


What does the AF COOL program cover?
The exam(s), prep courses, books, study materials, admin fees, and recertification fees necessary for that one credential.
Who can participate in the AF COOL program?

Enlisted RegAF, AFRES, and ANG component members must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Possess a 5 skill level in their Control Air Force Specialty Code (CAFSC).
  • Do not have a UIF, are not on a Control Roster and are current on their most recent Physical Fitness test at the time of application.
  • Have a profile in AFVEC with an approved credentialing goal.
  • Enlisted members must complete the entire credential while on active duty status and obtain supervisor approval.
How do I apply for the AF COOL program?
  1. Log in to your AFVEC account and find the AF COOL Homepage link at the top of the screen.
  2. Navigate to the AF COOL Homepage and once there, select the "Search AFSC Related Credentials" box and your AFSC specific credentials that you are eligible for will be listed.
  3. Select the credential you wish to pursue through the AF COOL program. (NOTE: You can sort the credentials via funding method, i.e., AF COOL, GI Bill, etc.).
  4. Once you have selected the credential of your choosing, an email will be sent to your supervisor to validate your eligibility criteria for the selected credential. 

Visit to see all the steps required to apply for AF COOL.

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