Learn more about the Marine and Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line), USMAP (United Services Military Apprenticeship Program), and O2O (Onward to Opportunity) programs to earn the training and credentials you need to get a head-start on your next growth opportunity.



Marine COOL & Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line)

Credentials – certifications and licenses – may be required for a job or help you become a highly qualified candidate for a job opportunity in the civilian world. Earning these credentials while you are serving may help with career advancement and with your eventual transition out of the military.

Credentialing is important for several reasons:

  • Civilian credentialing can contribute to military career development, and may be accepted for self-development requirements and in performance evaluations.
  • 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 those of their civilian peers.

Four Basic Steps to Earning a Credential with Marine Corps/Navy COOL:

  1. Find and select related credentials
  2. Complete a funding request
  3. Get credential
  4. Report your results to COOL

For more information or to get started, visit your service COOL site:




USMAP (United Services Military Apprenticeship Program)

A Registered Apprenticeship is a formal, structured training program where you get your training on the job.

As a Servicemember, you can earn an apprenticeship with the on-the-job and military training you already get while serving— you simply need to enroll and record your work hours.

With USMAP, you are able to complete an apprenticeship in eligible trades thus demonstrating your training and experience when transitioning to the civilian workforce.

Why not get a valuable nationally-recognized apprenticeship with the training you already have, doing the work you’re already doing?

Steps to Get Started:

  1. Review eligible trades.
  2. Review requirements.
  3. Enroll in USMAP.
  4. Work and record hours.

For more information or to get started, visit:



O2O (Onward to Opportunity)

This is a no-cost industry-focused and validated career skills program that connects transitioning service members and active duty military spouses to high-demand careers in Customer Service Excellence, Information Technology, and Business Management.

O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.

Explore the courses/certifications offered:

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