Credentialing Assistance. No-Cost Education.

UMKC TalentLink supports active military, military veterans, and their families. We offer approved online programs for Army Credentialing Assistance, Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL), and links to resources at UMKC and in the community. These resources and professional development can help to acquire credentials and achieve goals toward career advancement and transition.


Army Credentialing Assistance

The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program (COOL) helps soldiers find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs. The program can pay for courses and exams that lead to industry-recognized civilian credentials in an occupational area of your choice.

Enhance your skills by using this program. The skills can be applied either in your current MOS, or in an occupation you would like to pursue when you leave military service. You can request CA funding for any credential listed on Army COOL. UMKC TalentLink offers approved online programs in healthcare, IT and other skills-driven fields.

Benefits of Air Force COOL

Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Air & Space Force members to earn industry recognized professional certifications, licenses to enhance their active-duty work, and to prepare them as they transition to the civilian job market.

  1. Amount
    Enlisted DAF Members may be eligible for funding up to $4,500 (lifetime) for credentials.
  2. What can funds be used for?
    Payment of credentialing expenses for classroom, hands-on, online/blended training, study guides, materials, textbooks, fees, exams, and/or recertification of credentials.
  3. How to enroll:

Login to your AFVEC account, click on Education Programs then select AF COOl. Explore UMKC TalentLink credential(s) you may be interested in.

  • Click “Create Education Goal”
  • Click “Apply for Funding” and follow the prompts.
  • Wait for supervisor approval.

Additional Information

Please visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC)

To talk to a UMKC TalentLink Military Education Consultant, contact Alexa Troyer at or 816-235-6259

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