Coast Guard Credentialing Assistance Program (COOL)


Eligibility Criteria

  • CA is authorized for enlisted Active Duty Coast Guard and Reserve members affiliated with the Selected Reserve (SELRES). Members of SELRES shall be drilling reservist and meet participation standards. Service members must be in compliance with weight standards IAW Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual, COMDTINST M1020.8 (series).
  • Service members must have at least six (6) months remaining on their service obligation and be marked "Ready" (R) or "Not Ready" (X) for advancement on their most recent Enlisted Employee Review. Service members marked as "Not Recommended" (N) are ineligible for CA.
  • The member's Command will play a critical role in screening for CA. Credentialing Assistance reimbursement requests must be reviewed and approved by the Education Service Officer. 
  • CA will be offered in the pursuit of credentials that are aligned to a service member's rate, career specialty, out-of-rate assignment, or a collateral duty. 
  • CA will be offered in the pursuit of credentials that support academic degrees or certificates held by service members. (i.e. a CS that is pursuing a degree in IT may be qualified for some IT credentials.)




  • CA will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Like Tuition Assistance, funding for the Credentialing Assistance program will suspend if/when the fiscal year program funds allocation is reached.
  • Eligible service members may only apply for ONE credential (e.g. initial exam, application, renewal, or maintenance fee) per fiscal year.
  • CA will not cover the costs for training, test preparation, or study guides in the pursuit of credentials.
  • CA will not be authorized for credentials paid under any other federally funded program where such a payment would constitute a duplication of benefits from the Federal Treasury. 
  • The amount of CA authorized by ETQC will be calculated after grants, scholarships, fellowships, and other forms of financial assistance have been subtracted from the credential fee.